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#14 How Curious! November 2018 - Operation Bongo, Red Notice and Post-its

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Happy November and welcome to the 14th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️ This past month has been another to
 

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Happy November and welcome to the 14th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️
This past month has been another tourist extravaganza. Highlights include my first WestEnd play, craft beer tasting on the London Eye, Michael McIntyre in the O2, a tapas tour and superb views from Sky Garden. I also found time for a short break to Malta to visit my housemate Sam! 🎭🇲🇹
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Quotes I'm pondering
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary - Jim Rohn
We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing - Charles Bukowski
Flip expectation for appreciation - Pat Divilly
Cool Tech
How fast is your internet download speed? FAST.com will test your internet speed in seconds. The site doesn’t display any ads or require any clicks to start. A far better experience than other popular speed test sites!
Doc.new & Sheet.new - Google docs/sheets shortcuts
Podcasts
The Pat Divilly Podcast - Prioritise Your Mental Health
99% Invisible - 325- The Worst Way to Start a City
Ctrl Alt Delete - #157: Jodi Picoult: A Spark Of Light
Book Recommendations
Red Notice: How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy (9/10)
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (9/10)
Visualise To-Do lists on post-its
I’m a big fan of using post-it notes to visualise To-Do lists and tasks on walls, both at work and in my personal life. Reading Flow sparked the re-introduction of my personal Kanban. At the start of the week I jot each task on a post-it and track it under the simple heading To Do, Doing & Done. Each task is categorised: Body, Mind, Relationships, Career, Finances & Soul. This helps me ensure I’m not majorly neglecting important parts of my life!
Pro-tip: ‘Encrypt’ any tasks which involve surprising your other-half. I’ve spoiled a few surprises by neglecting this!
Walls can be a focal point to visualise tasks and spark conversation
"Always" doesn't always mean always
Words can have wildly different interpretations and are a poor medium to describe the likelihood of a probabilistic outcome. Check out this HBR to see Why you should use percentages, not words, to express probabilities.
Every word can have many interpretations
Best of Slack
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- Peter Duffy
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