Three mailing lists for a better life

Curiosity for new concepts, ways of thinking differently and ideas for self-improvement can give you an advantage, both at home and work. Here are three of our favourite email newsletters from outside the golf industry. James Clear: 3-2-1 The author of Atomic Habits also writes one of the most popular newsletters in the world. With over 2,000,000 subscribers, each issue contains 3 short ideas from James, 2 quotes from other people, and 1 question for you. From a recent mailer: 10 years or 1 hour. Those are the two time frames worth prioritising. 10 years is shorthand for thinking longer-term than nearly everyone else and doing things that are really ambitious or meaningful. Most of the deeply meaningful things in life require long time horizons: building a business, cultivating a happy marriage, growing a family, getting in the best shape of your life, etc. How do you work toward the 10-year things? In 1 hour increments. 1 hour is shorthand for doing things that can be accomplished from start to finish in a single session like a good workout, a good writing session, reading a chapter of a book, going on a fun date, etc. The key is that you finish with something accomplished, not with half-work still waiting to be completed. If you spend 1 hour working toward a 10-year project—and you repeat this day after day—you’re going to end up living a lovely life. Subscribe now Daily Stoic: Ancient wisdom for everyday life Stoicism is an ancient philosophy used by everyone from George Washington to the New England Patriots as a source of much needed strength and stamina for their challenging lives. The Daily Stoic is a short, daily email inspired by Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, and more, that aims to help you cultivate strength, insight, and wisdom to live your best life. From a recent mailer: You clean and then it gets dirty. You do the dishes and then five minutes later, the sink is full again. You made it through your inbox in the morning and by the time late afternoon strikes, you’re already digging yourself out again. Literally before you’ve even finished putting the dog’s toys away, they’re splayed out across the floor. Just as you put the finishing touches on that big project, another is dropped on your plate. This can drive you nuts. Or you can learn to love it. [...] The dishes, the desk, the dog’s toys, your inbox, the weight you lose and gain and lose—these things are never done or clean or organised or set. No, entropy is always at work. You are at work. Your growth is at work. So we should not feel exasperated or frustrated by it. We should love the flow of it. It’s not work we’re doing, it’s art. Finish? To be finished would mean the end of this—the end of our lives. No, we like that it’s a little bit like Groundhog’s Day. Because it means a chance to wake up and live another day. To...
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