Needles from the Haystack #23 – 09/2019

Needles from the Haystack

Hi There,

I’ve been busy with other things lately and didn’t get to read as much as I normally do.

That’s why this month’s newsletter features older pieces only.

I think you’ll forgive me, if the content is still great. I think it is!

I really liked the summary of cognitive biases. It’s a wide topic and I wouldn’t have dared to condense it like this. And I would have never been able to do it that well!

Have a great month of september!



8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 AM – Benjamin P. Hardy

The way you spent the first 1-2 hours after waking up set the tone for the day. That time has a big influence on the probability of you having a good or great day.

It took me a while to find the perfect routine. But it was totally worth it.

Here are eight ideas on how you could make your every day better.

How To Entertain A Toddler Without A Smartphone – Brett and Kate McKay

There’s alot to say about letting toddlers play with smartphones. Harsh things actually. Let me put it as neutral as I can:

Relying on technology to entertain little children is just lazy.

Read this and you won’t have an excuse anymore.

Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet: Because Thinking Is Hard – Buster Benson

Basically everybody carries cognitive biases in one form or another. And there’s quite a variety of those around!

Someone took the time and effort to condense this immense list into 20 items across 4 categories.

Pretty useful knowledge right there!

7 Secrets Of Mastery – Dr. Anders Ericsson @ James Altucher – Show

Mastering any subject is less about natural talent then deliberate practice.

Lots of it.

Anders Ericsson talks about what this means and how to become not good but great in what you set out to do.

Learning How To Learn – Dr. Barbara Oakley @ The Knowledge Project – Podcast

If you want to learn, learning how to learn must sound like a worthwile investment.

It surely is.

I took the coursera course by Barbara Oakley a couple of years back and it changed the way I learn. Chunking and spaced repetition are the big keywords here.

This interview gives you a good overview on what you can expect from that course, some methods you can immediately start using and a lot more.

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