My friend John Zeratsky (yes, the same one) and I used to have a blog called Time Dorks where we would write (occasionally) about time and attention. Recently, John rebooted and rebranded that project as the Make Time blog
and he’s been updating it regularly with excellent posts. (I really like this one about a weird, simple, and very effective technique he calls “calendar templates
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As regular newsletter readers might recall, I moved back to Seattle this summer. Last night, our neighbors invited us over to something called “Soup Night. One home played host, everybody came over, bringing their own bowls and spoons, and a couple of people brought big pots of soup to share. By the end of the night, we’d met twice as many neighbors as we’d managed to over the last couple months, and we really got to chat with them, not just exchange pleasantries on the sidewalk. It was fantastic.
Turns out this whole idea comes from a book called… well… Soup Night
, which some folks on our block read a few years ago. I’m sharing because I like processes for things that don’t happen automatically on their own. Soup Night is like a design sprint for good vibes in the neighborhood. Maybe you can try it on your street!
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