Productivity

The light phone

Designed to be used as little as possible. It will never have social media, clickbait news, email, an internet browser, or any other anxiety-inducing infinite feed. It’s an experience we call going light.

Light is not just another tech company. We build all of the tools from scratch to ensure there are absolutely no third party apps tracking you. In this time of ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ and the ‘Attention Economy’, the Light Phone represents a different option. You are the customer, not the product. This is a phone for humans.

Deep work

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep – spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way.

– Cal Newport, Deep Work

Nature

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

– Lao Tzu

Lessons from adopting a four-day work week

I love these five lessons that Wildbit has learned from adopting a four-day work week. My favorite is how the fifth day has made space for problem solving.

There’s something unique about the fifth day being a quiet day. You can ruminate on problems in the back of your mind while you’re working on the deck or walking around the city or taking your kids on a camping trip. That can be hard when you work Monday through Friday, then become a weekend warrior. With the additional day off, we invariably spend time thinking about work problems. When Monday rolls around, we have so many things that we want to get started. It creates additional energy and momentum for the team.

Start before you feel ready

If you’re working on something important, then you’ll never feel ready. A side effect of doing challenging work is that you’re pulled by excitement and pushed by confusion at the same time.

You’re bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, and unqualified. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough. You can plan, delay, and revise all you want, but trust me, what you have now is enough to start.

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals… who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going.

The Habits of Successful People: They Start Before They Feel Ready, James Clear

My angel says – Start moving, so I can start blessing.

– Paulo Coelho

And it comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.

– Steve Jobs