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#17 How Curious! Family Spotify, Personal Finance and Managing Phone Usage

Happy New Year and welcome to the 17th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️🥂 I'm taking advantage of an extende

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January 1 · Issue #17 · View online
A short monthly newsletter packed with awesome new discoveries and personal recommendations! #Books #Podcasts #Tech #Humour #Psychology #BestOfTheWeb

Happy New Year and welcome to the 17th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️🥂
I’m taking advantage of an extended break to spend a few days in Prague before returning to London via Cork next weekend.
New Years is always a nice time to pause and reflect on the past year, whilst also formalising plans for the coming months. I like to ease into New Year’s resolutions, setting aside a few days to prioritise initial areas of focus. Starting on 1st January matters little when consistency over the course of 2019 is the aim! 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣9️⃣🎊🐢

Top 3 Quotes
Strive for progress and not perfection. - James Altucher
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. - Confucius
When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras. - Dr. Theodore Woodward
Cool Tech
Spotify Premium for Family.
Remove the background from an image
The Tim Ferriss Show - #125: Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying "No" to Millions
Book Recommendations
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life: Scott Adams (8/10)
I Will Teach You To Be Rich: Ramit Sethi (8/10)
Managing your phone usage
People seem to be becoming more aware of the control smartphones have over our attention, with a growing desire to reduce daily phone usage. I’ve found the following three steps to be extremely effective:
1) Use ‘Do not disturb mode’ 24/7 - I don’t receive any notifications/ sounds/vibrations, except calls from close family. This is astonishingly liberating, as I decide when I wish to view my phone for updates rather than getting constant distractions throughout the day.
2) Move social media apps off the home screen - Social media apps are time sinks. Creating small hurdles to access these apps is surprisingly useful in deterring usage.
3) Remove games - With an unlimited stream of knowledge accessible via your smartphone there is no shortage of podcasts, books and videos to feed your brain.
How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You - Insanely comprehensive guide
Best of Twitter
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