Summary of “It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone”

The same company that always seems to turn up when it’s time to cross into a new era of technology: Apple.
There’s another, more important reason for Apple to take on tech addiction: because it would probably do an elegant job of addressing the problem.
Every tech company needs a presence on the iPhone or iPad; this means that Apple can set the rules for everyone.
With a single update to its operating system and its app store, Apple could curb some of the worst excesses in how apps monitor and notify you to keep you hooked.
For starters, Apple could give people a lot more feedback about how they’re using their devices.
Mr. Harris suggested that Apple could require apps to assign a kind of priority level to their notifications.
Apple could set rules for what kind of notifications were allowed in each bucket – for instance, the medium bucket might allow notifications generated by other people but not those from the app itself.
Apple released a statement last week saying it cared deeply “About how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them,” adding that it had a few features on addiction in the works.

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Summary of “Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening”

Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening : The Record In the streaming era, music fans have access to more music than they could ever consume.
I’ve begun to feel that my rabid consumption of music, when coupled with the unprecedented access encouraged by new technology, has endangered my ability to process it critically.
Streaming has become the primary way we listen to music: in 2016, streaming surpassed both physical media and digital downloads as the largest source of recorded music sales.
Partly due to the ubiquity of music playlists and partly due to supply outweighing even my most insatiable of demands, all music was becoming Muzak.
By the end of any given week, I had more music on my desk than someone only a century ago was able to hear in five lifetimes, and all without spending so much as a dollar.
I mean literally, mathematically impossible: I calculated that if I lived another, say, 40 years, and spent every minute of those next 40 years – that’s no sleeping, no eating – listening to my collection of music, I would be dead before I could make it all the way through.
So why do I feel, while I am listening to music I enjoy, that I’m missing out on something else? Why does direct engagement with a work of art suddenly feel like a fruitless attempt at multitasking?
One of the reasons we like this restaurant so much is because its young proprietors are always playing the most incredible music and, despite my lifelong aversion to piped-in music in public spaces, I make a small exception for any establishment that has a favorite Augustus Pablo album.

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Summary of “5 Common Productivity Myths You Need To Stop Believing”

In these instances, multitasking actually serves to maximize your time and, in many cases, improve your performance.
The next time someone tries to tell you that your affinity for multitasking is sending your productivity levels into a nosedive, you have our permission to brush that off as nothing more than yet another incorrect piece of advice.
If the early birds were cartwheeling out of bed at 7AM, the night owls didn’t crawl out from under the covers until 11AM. An hour and a half and 10 and a half hours after their wakeup times, participants took a reaction-time test of their ability to maintain focused attention while an MRI measured their brain activity.
During the test in the evening? Night owls were far less groggy and had much faster reaction times than early birds.
During the study, participants brainstormed creative ideas during two short time periods.
Perhaps the most interesting finding? The ideas were also far more creative during that second time block.
“If we end up squandering those first three hours reacting to other people’s priorities for us, which is ultimately what voicemail or email is-a list of other people’s requests for our time, that ends up using up our best hours and we’re not quite as effective as we could be,” Friedman explains in a Harvard Business Review Ideacast.
The most efficient use of your time? Or, would you have been better off dedicating those hours to making meaningful progress on that major presentation you have coming up?

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Summary of “Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible”

We spend our lives collecting, spending, lusting after, and worrying about money - in fact, when we say we “Don’t have time” to learn something new, it’s usually because we are feverishly devoting our time to earning money, but something is happening right now that’s changing the relationship between money and knowledge.
Learn how to financially invest in learning to get the highest return.
Just as we have minimum recommended dosages of vitamins, steps per day, and minutes of aerobic exercise for maintaining physical health, we need to be rigorous about the minimum dose of deliberate learning that will maintain our economic health.
Before his daughter was born, successful entrepreneur Ben Clarke focused on deliberate learning every day from 6:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for five years, but when his daughter was born, he decided to replace his learning time with daddy-daughter time.
He shortened the number of hours he worked on his to do list in order to make room for his learning ritual.
Start your learning ritual today with these three steps The busiest, most successful people in the world find at least an hour to learn everyday.
Increase the results you receive from each hour of learning by using proven hacks that help you remember and apply what you learn.
There was too much information for one article, so I spent dozens of hours and created a free masterclass to help you master your learning ritual too!

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Summary of “Impatience: The Pitfall Of Every Ambitious Person”

That’s not what most people do in prosperous times.
What’s even better, we make poor decisions without reading a single book on investing or without getting advice from knowledgeable people.
When you want to learn skills and do good work, impatience is one of your biggest enemies.
Every time he worked on a project, he reminded himself that he would approach his work with the same vigor and tenacity that he always showed.
If your work is not hard, you’re not doing great work.
That’s a perfect way to measure your own work on a daily basis.
Only the people who work hard and try to make an impact do.
That’s the only way we can do truly great work.

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Summary of “How following Benjamin Franklin’s weekly plan could change your life”

Benjamin Franklin’s original 13 virtues hold up today.
Founding father Benjamin Franklin sought to live his life based on 13 virtues.
One of the things that has really stood out to me each time I’ve read his autobiography is the fact that he attributed most of his success to practicing 13 core life virtues, to the best of his ability.
A final key part of his practice is that he’d review the cards as a whole at the end of each week, evaluating which virtues were successful that week, which ones were not, and which areas really needed focus and improvement in his life.
While I believe that these are all worthwhile virtues to practice, one might want to choose other virtues – or even personal skills – that they want to improve and substitute them into Franklin’s plan.
I will say that Franklin’s list of 13 virtues really will go a long way toward improving your overall character and life situation no matter where you’re at in life.
Once you’ve defined a set of virtues or specific skills that you want to work on in your life and integrate into your normal behaviors, take it a step further and copy Franklin’s entire system, using your desired virtues and skills as the basis for your practice.
Which virtues are you particularly weak on right now? What can you do to strengthen those virtues going forward? Use the data you recorded – both the marked virtues and skills you succeeded with and the ones you missed – as a source of insight on how to continue to improve.

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Summary of “The Secret to a Happy Marriage Is Knowing How to Fight”

People who study marriage, or work with couples in therapy, as I do, talk about the need for a “We story,” a collaboration between partners about values and goals.
If couples are going to collaborate, they have to figure out how to have a productive conversation.
I’ve seen how the best marriages involve people who can deal with strong negative emotions – and who are cleareyed about how hard it can be.
What will matter most in marriage is what’s possible on the other side of love’s first blush: conversations that are rewarding, intimate and real.
The artist Georgia O’Keeffe said, “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” What most people want from marriage is an intimate friend.
The key to lasting love is taking time to understand and respond.
A wedding is a one-shot celebration of tying the knot, but marriage is an open-ended practice of disentangling misunderstandings.
I also wish that in between picking a caterer and a font for the invitations, they pause to think about how they fight, and how they want to talk.

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Summary of “Most Millionaires Created Their Own Luck by Taking These 4 Approaches”

Improve yourself outside of work skills to help improve yourself overall.
What you invest in helps determine whom you become, which in turn determines the quality of spouse, parent, or worker you are and even the level of happiness you’ll have.
To become a success, distill what you consume only to things that help you become better at work and life.
If you’re working, you might as well be learning along the way.
Most people trapped in working just to earn money find themselves disgruntled and unsatisfied.
Contemplate what you need to do so you spend only a portion of your time on actual work.
In our modern age, this breeds a world where busy work reigns supreme and the appearance of working equals success.
It’s about cultivating a mindset where more than just the hard work matters.

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Summary of “Living with Slenderman”

Slenderman stories scared her best friend, so Morgan turned increasingly to Anissa.
PEPPER SPRAY. MAP OF FOREST. CAMERA. SPRAY BOTTLE. CHEESECAKE. THE WILL TO LIVE. WEAPONS. Morgan’s twelfth birthday party kicked off at Skateland, where, according to interviews with Morgan’s parents Matt and Angie Geyser featured in the 2016 HBO documentary Beware the Slenderman, the three friends laced up roller skates and rushed around holding hands, like “Little girls.” Angie told me that upon returning to the Geysers’ condo, Morgan, Anissa and Bella lounged in Morgan’s loft bed, playing on their iPads, and eating cheesepuffs that Angie would later find scattered in the sheets.
Anissa called Morgan “Child.” She was also the only one Morgan told about the voices in her head. When Anissa introduced Morgan to Slenderman, a thin, faceless figure who eerily resembled IT, Morgan thought she’d uncovered IT’s true identity-and over time, Slenderman fan art and doctored photographs of the Internet boogeyman replaced IT in her mind’s eye.
In the nearly four years that passed between their arrests and their scheduled trials, it would be the online presence of Slenderman and not Morgan’s illness that received the brunt of media attention.
At Anissa’s trial, multiple psychologists testified that the girls’ collaborative Slenderman mythology ultimately refracted through the lens of Morgan’s then-undiagnosed schizophrenia to create what 19th-century French psychiatrists first referred to as “Folie a deux”-or, The Madness of Two.
Over the next three days, McMahon argued that although her client did not suffer from mental illness in the general sense, Anissa’s codependency with Morgan, who was mentally ill, and their shared delusion about Slenderman, nevertheless made Anissa insane by proxy “When it came time to do the deed in the woods along Big Bend road.” More often than not, McMahon spoke of her client in terms of Morgan, saying “They” instead of “She,” repeatedly highlighting Anissa’s role as an accomplice, and implicitly underlining the argument for a shared disorder by referring to the girls in tandem.
According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bruce Vielmetti, who has been actively covering the Slenderman Case since Morgan and Anissa were first arrested in 2014, people in Waukesha tend to think that “The whole insanity defense is just a joke-they don’t believe in it, even though it’s the law.” Underneath local ABC News affiliate WISN 12 Milwaukee’s Facebook livestream of Slenderman court proceedings, people commented, “It’s mental illness if the parents have money,” and, “Everyone has mental illness these days, didn’t you know?” Leutner family spokesperson Stephen Lyons has wholly rejected the NGI concept on behalf of his clients as being, at best, redundant, and at worst, dangerous.
Looking to Slenderman, our newest version of the Pied Piper, for explanations about Morgan’s behavior is part of that same elderly notion that what confuses us must be evil, and our inclination to demonize technology rather than discuss mental illness represents a scab on a much deeper, necrotic wound, one that needs to be explored in order to be cleaned.

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Summary of “12 Daily Reminders We Need to Read Every Morning for the Rest of the Year”

What we tell ourselves first thing in the morning is a big part of what we hear for the rest of the day.
Positive morning reminders are honestly one of the simplest and most powerful tools for mental growth.
It’s all about keeping the right thoughts top of mind from the get-go every day, so they’re readily available on those hard days when you need them most.
Some people call them affirmations, or prayers, or convictions, but in any case these positive morning reminders keep Monica on track by keeping peaceful, productive thoughts and perspectives centered in her mind, even as she struggles to cope with her injuries.
Let’s choose one of these reminders every morning, and then sit quietly for a couple minutes while repeating it silently to ourselves.
Embracing the full range of life’s experiences this year means embracing every moment with our full presence, being open and vulnerable to reality, being gentle with ourselves when times are tough, and practicing sincere gratitude no matter what happens.
It means not expecting the best to happen every time, but instead accepting whatever happens every time, and making the very best of it.
YOU are worth working on, starting first thing every morning.

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