How to Build a Brand—From Anywhere—by Embracing Your Surroundings – Productivity Article

In 2012, five friends pulled an all-nighter drinking American rye whiskey in a sauna in Finland—a country in which rye is the most beloved grain and is deeply rooted in everyday culture. By morning, they asked a watershed question: Why wasn’t anyone making rye whiskey in Finland?  This was the now-storied genesis of Kyrö Distillery, named for the charming rural village, Isokyrö, where it occupies an old dairy farm and produces spirits made from 100% Finnish rye, including a cream…

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6 Nuggets from Atomic Habits, by James Clear – Productivity Article

Takeaway: There are countless ways to form a new habit, which James Clear covers in Atomic Habits (and in our interview). A few of my favorites: sort your habits by how much they’ll help you out in the long-run; become more thoughtful about your environment; question habits that provide immediate enjoyment; make new habits take less than two minutes of your time; develop “home court” and “away court” habits; and focus on developing your identify, not your goals.Estimated Reading Time:…

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Expert Advice For When You’re Overwhelmed – Productivity Article

We all go through periods of feeling lost, confused, and overwhelmed at work. And who wouldn’t want an expert or trusted friend to pop in at that very moment and right the course?Unfortunately, few of us get that kind of personalized attention. Instead, we continue to make many of the same mistakes over and over. But what if it didn’t have to be this way?This got us thinking about a specific question: What would the experts tell you if they…

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A daily reflection that will make you more resilient – Productivity Article

Takeaway: There are things you can reflect on each day that will make you more resilient. It’s worth beginning each morning by reflecting on what you’re grateful for, what you intend to focus on, and what you want to let go of.Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 37s.Podcast Length: 32 minutes, 31s (link to play podcast at bottom of post).I read Neil Pasricha’s latest book, You Are Awesome, in two sittings. I’ll cut right to the chase: this book is one…

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5 Nuggets of Productivity Wisdom from David Allen – Productivity Article

Takeaway: For this week’s episode of Becoming Better, I interviewed David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done. A few of my favorite nuggets from our interview (expanded upon below): our heads are for having ideas (not holding them); mental clarity comes when we store fewer commitments in our head; we should capture every single commitment we have on our plate; that we need mental space as much as we need more time; and that we should be listening to…

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