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Toby is an app developer living in the UK. He loves design, productivity, and using software to automate tasks and save time. At the moment, he is boot-strapping a small Twitter productivity app Topic Thunder in his spare time. It's the perfect tool to grow your brand on Twitter. Check it out!

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I didn't know how to convey this better without being sorry. The last 2 weeks were really hard for me and I had to postpone sending my newsletter. The number of things that I had on my plate forced me to keep me from writing to you. Now that my exams are over, I can return to my usual routine.

I'm a big believer in being consistent. While taking a break from sending out a newsletter was hard for me, I realized it is one of the best things for my health both physically and mentally. Taking some time off to get better felt so wrong, and I couldn't help feeling guilty. Do you feel that too? Or, is it just me?

Thanks to my friends and readers who supported me, I didn't remain trapped by that feeling for long. 🙂 I'm glad I took that break. If you are in the same boat as me, do not hesitate to give yourself a break if you're overwhelmed. You deserve it. Take this as a cue and re-focus on what matters most to you. Slow down. Breathe.

Alright! On to this week's finds and why it is okay for you to be a copycat... 👇
Interesting Reads 📖
1. Plodding and Bursting
5 minutes | Steve Pavlina


According to the author, there are two kinds of people. Plodders and Bursters.

Plodding means persevering with a steady and stable workflow day after day. Bursting means working in short, temporary cycles of highly focused work while tuning out anything unrelated to the project at hand.

Which one are you? Well, not everything is black and white. But, it helps to be aware of these two terms to switch our hats from plodders to bursters or from bursters to plodders according to the situation. Find out from this post and apply it where it is necessary.

P.S: I think I'm a plodder in most situations.

➡ Read the post


2. On Beethoven and Gifts of Silence
2 minutes | Cal Newport

How did Beethoven produce his most original work *after* he started losing his ability to hear? Arthur C. Brooks, an American Musician, says that Beethoven’s diminished hearing limited the influence of “prevailing compositional fashions.”

There are a lot of benefits from unplugging yourself every now and then from the noise that surrounds you. Find out how.

➡ Read the post


3. Get Specific
2 minutes | Derek Sivers

Telling yourself that you want to be the most successful entrepreneur or most successful writer or most successful __anything__ isn't going to do you any good. It only overwhelms you eventually.

Derek Sivers suggests you to try getting specific. How?
  1. Write down every detail you know.
  2. Research what you don't know.
Read the post

Be Productive ⚡

1. Fight or Flight? How To Channel Your Work Anxiety In A Productive Way
7 minutes | Sean O'Meara

The deadline is approaching and you have unrealistic amount of tasks to be done. How do you deal with it? Do you fight it or do you abandon it?

You've come across a bear that's scary. What do you do? Do you fight or do you try to escape?

Anxiety is what keeps us alive. It's the nature's way of protecting us in difficult situations. If you choose to fight the bear, then there's a high chance that you're going to die. Your anxiety helps you make a decision fast and escape from that situation. But the same anxiety can be a trap if you choose to postpone every single small task that makes you feel anxious.

How can you channel your anxiety to be more productive?
  1. Don't calm down. (Sounds counterintuitive. Find out how.)
  2. Curb analysis-paralysis.
  3. Treat your productivity like an anxiety barometer.
  4. Go off the grid.
  5. Ask for feedback.
Most importantly, remember to go easy on yourself.

➡ Read the post


2. Obsidian - FREE Note-Taking tool for your second brain 🧠

I believe that our brain is not for storing facts. It's for pondering on interesting ideas and being creative at what we do. But, we need something else that makes it easy for us to store information and retrieve it whenever we're in need of it. What is it?

A second brain. In Obsidian, making and following [[connections]] is frictionless. Tend to your notes like a gardener; at the end of the day, sit back and marvel at your own knowledge graph.

➡ Visit Website


3. Focusmate

How many of you are working from home? During these pandemic times, I have discovered the need for someone who keeps me accountable. I miss having those intense sessions with my co-workers to brainstorm our ideas.

Focusmate solves that by connecting us with those who are willing to be our virtual co-workers. Stop relying on your will-power alone. Join the community of doers thrice a week for free and start getting things done.

Visit Website 

Be Creative 🎨

1. It's OK to be a Copy Cat (feat. Pablo Picasso)

You can't create something original all the time out of thin air. Most famous creators, like Pablo Picasso, have always resorted to copying things to get out of their creative block. But, don't you agree that Pablo Picasso has his own style? Where does he get it from? How did he find it?

One sure way to find your style is to get inspired by others' work and try to emulate them. In this video, David Perell talks about why it is OK to be a copycat and how other famous artists' were actually copycats before they discovered their own style.

Watch Video


2. The Secrets Of Successful Creators - FREE Guide

Josh Spector is one of the most prolific writers I have come across. I look forward to his newsletter, For The Interested, every week which comes with tons of resources for creators.

In this free guide, he put together 256 proven strategies from the world's most successful creators you can use to produce, promote, and profit from your creations.

Few topics that are covered in this guide are:
  1. Newsletter Growth
  2. Productivity
  3. Writing
  4. Audience Growth
Download the guide


3. Wordtune - Your thoughts in words

I have come across this wonderful chrome extension by chance and I love it! I have been using it for writing my Newsletter and other official work since 2 weeks now.

When writing, I often wonder if I conveyed the right meaning. Or if I'm using too many filler words. Wordtune along with Grammarly is such a powerful combination to say exactly what you mean through clear, compelling, and authentic writing.

Let me know how you find it.

➡ Visit Website

Bonus Content ⭐

⭐ LAST WEEK'S MOST READ

  1. Write Every Day.
  2. Microbrave - Build in Public. Easily and Fearlessly.
  3. Now Now Now.
  4. How to decrease stress and anxiety - Deprocrastination
  5. Radical Candor - Eric Lee

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