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Bookshelf 010: Burrito Delivering, How to Be Rich, and Dealing with Interruption

Bookshelf 010: Burrito Delivering, How to Be Rich, and Dealing with Interruption
By Dalton Mabery • Issue #10 • View online

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This is my 10th version! Thanks for trusting me to be apart of your email inbox. 
The 🌏 of Tech
Ride-sharing giant, Uber, bought Postmates for $2.65 billion in stock options. Ubers Q1 ride-sharing earnings were down 80% from last year in April, but their food delivery service was up 50%. Although Uber plans to keep Postmates a separate entity and application, they plan to enhance the user interface and speed of delivery and systems (take that Postmates devs) - likely looking to Postmates to help fund the difference with the drop in earnings from the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The 🌏 of Productivity
Most, “5 Tips For Productivity” blog posts are a complete waste of time and mostly fluff. However, I came across one on Medium by Nick Wignall called, “4 Things Productive People Don’t Do” and I found it interesting. Those things are:
  1. Working in marathons instead of sprints
  2. Coping with distractions instead of eliminating them
  3. Using fear and criticism to motivate yourself
  4. Doing other people’s work instead of your own
I thought those were very unique and interesting ideas, maybe because it’s written in reverse form 🤷🏼‍♂️. Check out the whole article here.
🆕 Books
I started reading Ramit Sethi’s, I Will Teach You to Be Rich, and although I would feel like a tool reading this book in public, it’s extremely practical. He goes as far as telling you exactly what bank accounts to open and why, what credit cards to use, how to get fees waived, and many other very practical tips to save money.
Most people’s advice to spending wisely is, “save more on lattes”. Sethi disagrees with this advice. His philosophy is, if you love lattes, buy a $7 latte. You just have to save money elsewhere, this might be on a smaller house, less organic healthy food, not as nice clothes, and so on. Although it makes sense, most people don’t look at spending this way
🆕 Articles
There’s no secret distractions are the norm of work today. Admin work, executive work, and middle management all face distractions. Cal Newport writes an interesting thought experiment on this topic and compares emails, instant messaging, and people coming up to your desk; to shouting, yelling, and taking your attention during the 1920s in a factory. “That would be chaos”, Newport writes, “if you walked into a factory and people were yelling at one another, throwing tools around, taking your attention, that would be chaos. Yet that’s what we do with today’s forms of instant communication.”
Some researchers at Harvard Business Review ran an experiment with two groups. Group A and Group B were both trying to complete Task X. However, Group A was interrupted with Task Y and were told they would have plenty of time to finish Task Y & X.
Group B, however, were told that Task Y would take the rest of the time and they wouldn’t be able to finish Task X. This time constraint had detrimental effects to Group B’s performance with Task Y including not paying attention to detail and not listening to instructions.
This could be an interesting way to deal with distractions which HBR calls, “Ready-To-Resume”
A Plan for Managing (Constant) Interruptions at Work
🆕 Video
How to Take Notes on Articles in Roam Research
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Dalton Mabery

I'm Dalton, a 21-year-old on a journey to find the intersection between Church and technology. I'm an avid reader and every week I send out a newsletter about what I learned in the world of technology, productivity, books, articles, or podcasts.

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