SFTW is a weekly email I send to my team, recapping top of mind thoughts and curating some useful and fun links from across the web.
Whatever your New Years resolution is, I hope you are on course and feeling successful. I don’t make them because I don’t want to have an excuse to fail.
When I do decide to make a change, I do it for good reasons. Ultimately, I’m trying to improve myself or my life and make myself more content or happier. Whether it is ceasing a bad habit or starting a good one, the ultimate goal is a better, happier, fitter me.
Over the holiday break, I was thinking about whether the approach was all wrong. Rather than working from the ‘outside in’, whether I could make the changes from the ‘inside out’. If I could start happy, then maybe I wouldn’t depend on bad habits, or approach things in a reductive way.
So, that’s my plan. I’m going to hunt down the situations that make me the happiest. When I find them, I’m going to be mindful of why I’m happy, and the fact that I don’t need anything else.
I won’t use the New Year to trigger a resolution like that, I’m going to just commit and make it happen.
Something from the Web
I’ve talked about self-improvement a number of times before and Udemy always comes up as a provider that delivers great online courses, they are running a winter sale which can give you access to great courses for a fraction of the cost. £10 for a £180 course sounds like a bargain to me! (Hat-tip to CT for the recommendation here)
Bruce Sterling (Science Fiction Author) gives an insightful review of the big five tech companies in 2017. Interesting to see who comes out on top.
Some great insights into the dark arts of networking. The only three networking emails you ever need to write. Some superb advice here.
Finally, this three-step guide to taking Friday off is an excellent way to structure your final work day of the week around a set of tasks that will make you more productive. This is largely how I structure my Friday, but there are some tweaks here which I’m going to implement.