Keeping you informed: Great links you should read

It’s another round-up of the best links that I’ve read and shared on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ over the past few weeks. Here are my six favorites. I’ll give you the link and a brief description of what the article is about and why I liked it. Take a look at the ones that intrigue you!

1. No Time To Think

This article is about how far people will go to avoid reflection, introspection and thinking. It discusses how we have to be doing something all the time, then talk about how busy we are. Even when standing in line at the grocery store, we whip our smartphones out because we can’t stand to just think for a few minutes. When we think, we tend to dwell on the problems in our lives, and in general, we don’t want to do that.

I enjoyed this article, while at the same time I feel saddened by it. I think we have become so “sped up” as a society that we’re afraid to slow down and think. I don’t know if it’s because we’re afraid of our own thoughts, as the article talks about, or if it’s because we’re afraid of what we’ll look like to other people – idle and staring off into space. Maybe some idleness will help us confront our feelings, solve our problems and enjoy our lives again.

2. 10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic

This blog post gives Sara Rosso’s reflections on a work-at-home lifestyle. She works for a company, unlike those of us who blog and/or freelance, but the lessons are relevant to anyone who works at home. Her lessons include setting your own expectations and routines, how you interact with people as much as or more so than in person, and how important it is to prioritize your health and take holidays.

I’ve been working at home for a few months now, and it’s definitely an adjustment from being in a workplace with colleagues. I liked reading Sara’s perspective on working at home. Even though I’m working to launch a freelance career, rather than work remotely for a company, I related to several of her lessons. I think anyone who works at home will get something from this post.

3. 60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days

This is a list of different things you can do to see the good things in your life and to create more happiness with what you already have. The ideas are categorized into home, happiness, relationships, social and others. It’s not meant for you to do all 60 ideas, but to give you a few ideas to implement.

I’ve just finished a 100 Happy Days project, where you take and post a picture of one thing that makes you happy each day for 100 days on Instagram or Twitter, using the #100HappyDays hashtag. This list is neat because it has a lot of small ideas, which emphasizes that small changes can make a big difference. Now that I’m in the habit of seeing the goodness in my life, this list gives me many more ideas on what else I can do to stay happy.

4. Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career

This article talks about how continuous learning keeps you growing in your skills and your career. In today’s professional market, keeping the same job for decades is not very common, and is an outdated way of thinking. Learning will help you stay nimble and ready for career transitions. The article gives several ways you can ignite your passion for learning.

I love to learn and consider it a lifelong endeavor. With all of the free or cheap books, podcasts and lectures available today, there’s no excuse for not learning something new. I like how this article applies learning to your career. These days, no one’s career is safe, and those who learn will be better off. Besides, learning new concepts and facts just makes you a more interesting person.

5. What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos

Ever wondered why you can’t catch all of your own writing errors, no matter how hard you try? This article gives some insight. It talks about how our brains concentrate on the high-level task of putting together complex ideas and generalizes details, such as putting letters and words together. It ends with some tips to trick your brain into thinking it’s seeing your work for the first time.

Like any other writer, I’ve left silly mistakes in my writing many times. And I’ve wondered how I could possibly have missed it. I’m also an experienced editor; how can I not catch all of my mistakes? Well, this article gave me some insights I’ve never thought about before. We’re all best off when we have someone else edit our work. But if we don’t have an editor, this article and the comments that follow give some great tips that should help.

6. The History of Typography (video)

Have you ever wondered about fonts? Where did they come from? How did they get their names? When were they developed? This really cool video gives an overview of the history of typography. As a former page designer, I was familiar with many different fonts. I really enjoyed learning about some of them in this video.

I hope you enjoy these articles as much as I did!

Readers, what articles did you enjoy over the past few weeks? Which one on my list was your favorite? Share a link or a comment!


Keeping you informed: Great links you should read — 1 Comment

  1. I have been reading quite a lot about this topic lately. There is substantial data that proves that our most creative thinking comes during “down” time. I also found that I was most productive when I worked from home, but I tend to be a focused person; and as to being your own editor? Laugh! Funny how the brain can disallow that! Loved the last – history of fonts! This was a nice compilation Jennifer!