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Ah, another week of 2020 in the books. Nothing horrible happened this week, but we still have three more months left so, buckle up.

Enough rambling, on to The Bookshelf!

Learn from the Legends

Daniel Ek — CEO & Founder of Spotify

“If you dare, then you have already gotten further ahead than 99% of all the others.”

Books he gives the most as gifts:

  • Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success by Matthew Syed
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Minefield Girl by Sofia Ek (His Wife)
  • Poor Charlie’s Almanac by Charles T. Munger

One Habit That Has Improved Your Life

  • Daniel always takes at least two of his meetings as “walk and talk” meetings. This helps him stay focused, creative, and has great health benefits. …

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Utilizing keyboard shortcuts in any program you use can increase productivity and reduce distractions.

Whenever I’m ready to start on my first draft of a new essay, instead of going to Google Drive, navigating to docs, and opening a new page. I simply type into the address bar and it creates a new page for me. No fuss. No mess.

This reduces the chance that I’ll get distracted by seeing some interesting things in my Google Drive that will pull me away from doing real work.

Popular Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts in Roam are pretty standard.

Tab will indent a block and Shift-Tab will unindent a block. Enter will create a new block and Shift-Enter will add a new line on the same block. …

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People who don’t make progress on their goals share one thing in common:

They never identify what isn’t working.

Instead, most people (unproductive people that is) stay caught up in a vicious cycle of going week in and week out always looking for a brighter future. They’re waiting for that promotion, that new job offer, the new car, or anything else that steals their attention from what life is like now.

They only look towards the future, but never stop to understand the past — and that’s the problem.

Successful people are thinking about their past as much as they are the future. Not in a negative, pessimistic way, but in a reflective way. They try to identify what went wrong last week, last month, last quarter. They look to see what days they were distracted and why. …


Dalton Mabery

I write about tech, productivity, startups, and personal knowledge management tools.

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