Category: From my Pocket

Like everybody else, I subscribe to quite a many blogs, read many articles online and bookmark some of them using Pocket.This once-a-month series is a list of links in the past month which have stayed with me, resonated with me or entertained me. Basically, an eclectic mix of whatever-caught-my-fancy links.
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From my Pocket – June 2015 edition

Here are 5 links from last month, which have which have inspired me, made me think, made me wonder or made me laugh.

1. On the Page as Your Mirror by Dani Shapiro – A beautiful post on writing, and what writing does and means to this author

2. Do You Really Want What You Want by Tynan – An interesting post about self-knowledge and wishes

3. Live Like a Hydra by Buster Benson on Medium – An awesome article explaining the concept of anti-fragility in a few words, and a way of becoming anti-fragile.

4. How to go faster by Seth Godin – On how decision hygiene affects your speed.

5. The secret to happiness is regular audits at 99U – Self knowledge by observation, and how these personal audits can lead to increased happiness.

6. There’s no right path by Rohan at A Learning A Day – Another post on decisions and decision making.Hope you find these links meaningful.

From my pocket
Live everybody, I subscribe to quite a many blogs, read many articles online and bookmark some of them using Pocket. This once-a-month series is a list of links in the past month which have stayed with me, resonated with me or entertained me. Basically, an eclectic mix of whatever-caught-my-fancy links.


From my Pocket – May 2015 edition

This is the first posting of “From my Pocket” series in the year 2015. And so, here are more than 5 links which have which have inspired me, made me think, made me wonder or made me laugh.

1. What no means by Seth Godin – A timely, short and pithy reminder on not taking a “No” personally. Especially powerful post for someone like me who hesitates to ask because of the fear of “No”
2. My not-so-basic rules for hiking with young children by Cherie Galyean – A nice post on hiking with small kids. An educational post since we are starting to do climbs and hikes along with our two-and-a-half year old

3. Leonardo da Vinci’s resume by Marc Cenedella – An awesome example of marketing – just what a freelancer or tinkerer needs to do to get employed or gain followers. What is remarkable is his format’s relevance today.

4. The light choice is the right choice. Don’t say yes until it feels … light. by Danielle La Porte – An awesome take on how to make choices. “The light choice is the right choice”. But not always the easiest choice to make. I must confess – though I like some of Danielle’s posts, quite often, her style of writing and delivery turn me off. I’m still trying to figure this one out.

5. Freedom comes from how you live at Raptitude.com – An interesting look at why what we do everyday, what we choose to do and not do, what we give into and what we resist – these make up our freedom in our lives

6. Freelancer: 10 Questions with Seth Godin Hugh McLeod at The Gaping Void with seth Godin – The title of the post says it all. The answers make you think, care you and give you hope. Like “Stress is a whole other game. Stress is wanting one thing and doing another.”

7. The complete and logical guide to winning at your own life in 19 super difficult steps by Paul Jarvis

8. Leave Yourself Wanting More by Zen Habits – On what being sated and not full will teach you

9. If you want to follow your dreams, you have to say no to all the alternatives by Oliver Emberton – On how and why doing the one thing only will lead you to success.

Hope you find these links meaningful.

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From my pocket
Live everybody, I subscribe to quite a many blogs, read many articles online and bookmark some of them using Pocket. This once-a-month series is a list of links in the past month which have stayed with me, resonated with me or entertained me. Basically, an eclectic mix of whatever-caught-my-fancy links.

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From my Pocket – Mid December edition

Here are 5 links which have inspired me, made me think, made me wonder last month.

1. When Peace Goes Away, it Doesn’t Make a Sound by David at Raptitude
The connection between paying attention and reacting positivel,peacefully to the annoyances around us.

2. A Peter Corollary by Seth Godin
On upward mobility in today’s organizations and its relation to self confidence.

3. How To Do What You Love by Paul Graham
Relation between ‘work’ and ‘play’ and how the definition is all messed up and what to do about it.

4. What’s the Point, If We Can’t have Fun? by Robert Wringham at The New Escapologist
Need for fun.

5. The Art of Richard Thompson – A Vimeo video by GVI James Clear
An amazing, moving video on the cartoonist Richard Thompson. Found this link on The Online Photographer

6. Writer as Coder: The Iterative Way to Write a Book by Leo Babauta
A very interesting perspective on a way of writing books – inspired by softwrae development methodologies.

Hope you enjoy the links!

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From my pocket
Live everybody, I subscribe to quite a many blogs, read many articles online and bookmark some of them using Pocket. This once-a-month series is a list of links in the past month which have stayed with me, resonated with me or entertained me. Basically, an eclectic mix of whatever-caught-my-fancy links.

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From my Pocket – Mid November edition

Here are 5 links which inspired me last month.

1. Lessons from the Eiffel Tower by Seth Godin
Oh what we can learn for the Eiffel Tower. Short. Sweet. inspiring.

2. You Are Not A Machine. You Are Not Alone. by Paul Boag at Smashing Magazine
On how we try to work long hours and be productive like a machine…

3. Be A Better Designer By Eating An Elephant by Alexander Charchar at Smashing Magazine
A very nice post on how to tackle huge, intimidating projects – which are absolutely essential to our growth, but in which we hesitate to engage with nonetheless. Though this article is written in teh context of learning to become a better web developer, the concepts and ideas are very useful in all life projects.

4. The Physics of Productivity: Newton’s Laws of Getting Stuff Done by James Clear
Excellent analogy. Quote from the article:
“Newton’s laws of motion reveal insights that tell you pretty much everything you need to know about how to be productive.”
and the laws are
“1. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Find a way to get started in less than 2 minutes.
2. It’s not just about working hard, it’s also about working on the right things. You have a limited amount of force and where you apply it matters.
3.Your productivity is a balance of opposing forces. If you want to be more productive, you can either power through the barriers or remove the opposing forces. The second option seems to be less stressful.”
A must-read article.

5. What it takes to make good stuff in the world. Creativity, cadence, core desired feelings. by Danielle la Porte
Oh how we sometimes must let go of our plans to help do the stuff we really want to do, and more.

Hope you enjoy the links!

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From my pocket
Live everybody, I subscribe to quite a many blogs, read many articles online and bookmark some of them using Pocket. This once-a-month series is a list of links in the past month which have stayed with me, resonated with me or entertained me. Basically, an eclectic mix of whatever-caught-my-fancy links.

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Routines – Web Links

So here you go! Lots of links below on the good and bad of routines. Of course, reading these links over time is what has influenced my thinking on routines and rituals.

Zen Habits

Tips to Establish a Morning and Evening Routine –  http://zenhabits.net/tips-to-establish-a-morning-evening-routine-with-an-august-challenge/

A simplified morning Routine – http://zenhabits.net/simple-morning/

A day in the life of a minimalist (or no routine) – http://zenhabits.net/aday/

Zen Habits – How to Deal with Routine Disruptions – http://zenhabits.net/how-to-deal-with-major-disruptions-to-your-routine/

Brain Pickings

Daily Routines of famous Writers – http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/

Brain pickings – How we spend our days is how we spend our lives – http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/06/07/annie-dillard-the-writing-life-1/

The Happiness Project – Think About your routines –  http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2010/05/think-about-your-routines-daily-weekly-yearly/

The Happiness project – Why I try to some things everyday – http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2012/10/why-i-try-to-do-some-things-every-day-without-exception/

QuickSprout – 10 lessons from Seth Godin – http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/04/05/10-lessons-seth-godin-can-teach-you-about-blogging/

Seth Godin – Habits, Making and Breaking – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2006/05/habits_making_a.html

Seth Godin – Why are you afraid of process – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2006/04/why_are_you_afr.html

Vimeo – Seth Godin talk ‘Backwards’ by ‘Creative Mornings’ – http://vimeo.com/66199953