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Life Designed: Rubber Chicken, Habits, Tech Diet & Rest

Life Designed: Rubber Chicken, Habits, Tech Diet & Rest
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #44 • View online
I had a friend visiting me and we spoke a lot about mindfulness and meditation.
One of the mindfulness exercises he taught me is to keep asking yourself, “Could this be a dream?”
When you ask that question, you force yourself to analyze the surroundings and your feelings. You start to notice.
After all, aren’t we all living in our little dreams?
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the insights and resources to help you live better.

This month, just four book recommendations, but all the books are worth it. Get all of them for less than $10.
Here’s my interview with Paul Millerd where he talks about his most influential habits, creative process, and natural curiosity.
I consider myself lucky. While there are a number of things I want to work on, the biggest thing I try to do is eliminate things that might drain my energy, which includes trying to avoid things like meeting at all costs, but also includes not following the news or latest media-driven outrage storm.
I find Basecamp’s work very inspiring and after reading some of the books by Jason Fried, I can highly recommend this resource.
This book gives teams language and specific techniques to address the risks and unknowns at each stage of the product development process. Full of eye-opening insights, Shape Up will help you break free of “best practices” that aren’t really working.
Here’s an extensive remote work report. While it’s the present of the work, it has a long way to come to take over many conservatives industries.
42% have been working remotely for more than 5 years.
After connecting with Paul Millerd for an interview we jumped on a call and chatted more about effective rest and leisure time. Here’s his take on taking time off.
What happens when you step off the daily grind? You find a life filled with leisure and the energy to write a book about what you experienced. Or at least thats what happened to Alex Pang.
Technology is addictive. Mostly because it’s built that way. Is it ethical? Maybe. With potential technology links to depression, we must push for a change. Here’s a strong case against addictive tech.
If you use digital products on a daily basis, you’ve probably noticed the proliferation of dark design patterns that try to manipulate you to engage further, deeper, or longer on a website or app.
I won’t try to describe it. You have to see and listen to it.
Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D, performed on rubber chicken, has renewed my faith in mankind.
Tech Diet
Image by UX Collective.
Image by UX Collective.
Food for Thought
“This is a fact of paramount significance: Each human being, whether he lives in India or Indianapolis, whether he’s ignorant or brilliant, civilized or uncivilized, young or old, has this desire: He wants to feel important.” – David J. Schwartz
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” ― James Clear
“Every atom in your body is the same quark in different places at the same moment in time.” ― David Eagleman
“Management scholar Peter Drucker nailed it decades ago when he said “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” ― Jason Fried
⏰ Time: 18:19
📖 Reading: Sum by David Eagleman
🇪🇸 Location: Valencia, Spain
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