Nicholas Bate is the master of helpful advise in bite sized lists. I’m already waiting for the second part of the list Covid–19, 101, 1–10m
8. Your business will continue to be a blend of high-tech and high-touch. The former must be fast, easy and responsive. The latter must be fast, easy and attentive.
10. A phone call without visual distraction can be surprisingly productive. Try it.
For his 68th birthday, the amazing Kevin Kelly shares 68 bits of unsolicited advice.
There is no limit on better. Talent is distributed unfairly, but there is no limit on how much we can improve what we start with.
So, I propose a different definition of productivity: It’s about selecting a specific focus for every interaction—and taking actions that arise out of that focus.
In other words, productivity boils down to intentionality.
This coincides closely with my own definition of effectiveness: intention management.
You can’t control the future:
When the future doesn’t cooperate, we spend even more time trying to change the next bit of future so that it ends up more closely matching the future we were hoping for.
What if, instead, just for a little while, we simply did our best?
40 years of experience working from home compressed into 10 pieces of solid advice:
Every morning, I’d have breakfast and dress as if I were going to “the office.” Then, I’d leave my house, locking the door behind me. I’d get in my car and drive around the block. Then, I’d get out of the car, go up the stairs to my front door, unlock it, and head for my office, where I was ready to work.
Sometimes, if you can’t muster the discipline to work, you must fool yourself. That’s what I was doing. You may have to do it, too.
These days, give yourself permission to be human.
Stop Trying to Be Productive × Taylor Lorenz
I was born in 1971, so you can imagine my interest in the site WTF happened in 1971.
My advice for businesses: dump Zoom as soon as possible. For most use cases (small team meetings) I recommend Whereby as an alternative.
New circumstances make for new routines.
One of the new routines in our family is taking some time after dinner to listen to the song of the day created by these three guys.
Featured in The New Yorker: The Group Making Beautiful Quarantine Songs on a Barcelona Rooftop.
I always published under my real name, but the concept of pseudonyms interests me
Over time, doing things under your real name on the internet will be a bit like putting your social security number out there. It won’t commonly be done. Instead, people will earn and speak under different pseudonyms.
What a great trip through memory lane: Old CSS, new CSS by Eevee.
I have used most of the techniques on this very site until 2013, when I stopped caring about the hassle of coding my designs by hand.
Nowadays my opinion is that site owners should not be bothered by CSS, that’s something the CMS should handle.
This is hilarious: I work from home by Colin Nissan
A great list of dumb questions by Michael Wade