TFI Friday! I don’t wish the week away, I just get excited for you guys as now you get to read 5 bits of internet awesomeness. You’re welcome.
1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning” – Bruce Lee
2. In my continuous exploration of music for productivity I’ve found this helpful article with Spotify playlists. So far the classical and video game choices are really good, I’m in the process of converting to Apple Music playlists. Check them out and get in the zone.
3. On the subject of music, the Purvis household has been dancing and singing to this tune from the Lego Batman movie, especially at breakfast time. It does wonders getting everyone pumped up and feeling good before school and work, try it and get an instant smile early in the morning.
4. My wife found this great Lego set of Women of NASA . Great to see these iconic and influential women represented in Lego form, we’ll be buying this one for Christmas!
5. Book I’m reading: Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content. It’s broken into many chapters, each one for something different such as email, LinkedIn and blogging. A lot of the book is focused on improving writing and so I’m hopeful I’ll learn and improve this blog with the information in this great book.
Hold up! It’s Friday? That means it’s 5 share day, where you wonderful people get 5 things that may change your thoughts or possibly even you life forever*. Sit tight and read on:
1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “What you think you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create” – Buddha
2. What I’ve been listening too for creativity and productivity boosts : Band of Brothers soundtrack. I first listened to this album for experimenting with creative mind boosts 10 years ago while on a creative writing course. It’s been my go to album to get those creative juices flowing ever since, try it and enjoy those ‘aha’ moments
3. I re-read my most gifted book ever this week- Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration – Simon Sinek. I’ve given this to more people than I’ve given the 7 habits of highly effective people and Victor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning (both life changing books). Check it out, it’s super inspirational and a really great reminder of why we are here, it even has pictures.
4. Favourite blog post this week – Seth Godins The thing about maps – An insightful 20 second read that reminds us to have and remember our true North..
5. I enjoyed reading this article the other day (https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/d3ppvy/when-jme-met-jeremy-corbyn) about JME and Jeremy Corbyn. The end paragraph resonated with me most (pasted below). It’s worth reading the whole thing, a 15 minute read.
“Perhaps the longest period in which pop culture has been dominated by the fantasy of stardom as salvation — the nu–glam 21st century — has finally started to crumble. Maybe it’s time to dream collectively again, imagine a kind of victory that condemns no one to be a loser. Who better to embody that shift than a leader who never wanted to lead, a man who has turned anti–charisma into an improbable form of glamour?”
Yikes, it’s Friday already, I better write down 5 interesting things for 5 share, or I could just list the 5 below, let’s do that and see where it takes us!
Quote I’ve been pondering this week “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life – It goes on.” – Robert Frost
Article I’ve read that I’ve gone back to multiple times this week: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/empowering-beliefs/
I’m experimenting with not showering everyday, er, what? I hear you say…well it’s due to 2 things. I get up really early in the week and don’t want to wake my son who’s bedroom is next to the shower. The second reason is that Science is finding out we shouldn’t shower each day in order to maximise the positive relationship our microbiome has for with us. What? Take a read here (5 minutes): https://www.inc.com/wanda-thibodeaux/take-a-shower-today-science-says-that-might-have-been-a-mistake.html
For the last 18 months I’ve been wearing a Bio Band on my wrist and using smart dots on my phone and around our home. The World Health Organisation has classed determining if there are risks to children’s health from exposure to EMF (mainly from phones and wifi) as a top priority and the science behind energy dots is compelling. I felt an immediate effect on my sleep and continue to wear one to this day (though some friends think I’m bonkers).
Every few years I revisit the writings of John Titor and this week I did it again. I have this book from many years ago and for those not familiar I’d recommend reading up on him here: http://www.johntitor.strategicbrains.com/
5 share is here again! It must be close to the weekend I hear you say? Well yes, that’s what Friday does best, apart from 5 Share of course.
1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
2. Donald Rumsfeld wrote a book a few years ago titled Rumsfelds rules (lessons in leadership..) It’s an ok read which I recommend (putting politics aside). In the book he describes his standing desk and ever since, I’ve wanted one myself, especially after reading The End of Illness ,which gives data on sitting down as something that can shorten your life. At Unity where I work, I now have a fabulous desk, one that I can sit down at or at the touch of a button stand at, yay!
3. This week I’ve been experimenting with meditation and music. I still use the Headspace app for the majority of my meditation (highly recommend it) though I’ve found that listening to Cora from the album The last of the Mohicans really sets me up for the rest of my meditation time. Even if you don’t meditate, it’s worth listening to this tune. It can make your hair stand up on end and switch your brain to instant relax mode. Those that have followed me for some time know I use the album The last of the Mohicans as a productivity tool, I still do this multiple times a week when I’m working.
4. Alan Page (who also works at Unity) is one of my favourite people to learn from when it comes to quality, testing and software engineering. He also shares 5 things each Friday, which is awesome and contains useful gems. I’d recommend checking them out: http://angryweasel.com/blog/
5. Lastly, this week I had what is now my favourite toilet encounter ever. On the way into the toilet at the office I bumped into Mike Cooper. He is a person I used to play Counterstrike with many years ago as well as work alongside on games like Harry Potter (where he was part of the production team). More recently he can be found working with Jamie Oliver, and I recommend checking out a few of his videos if you’d like to learn how to make the perfect coffee! https://www.jamieoliver.com/videos/how-to-make-a-latte-mike-cooper/