Issue #232

After a crazy 2020, I will start Christmas early. I am very excited about the Better Human project. There are so many things I want to explore with you all. I started my weekly MEMO more than four years ago, with only a handful of subscribers.

But MEMO grew fast, and soon over 100 of you read my weekly curation. We now reached the 232nd issue. Many extremely loyal readers were part of the journey since the first issues. As an early Christmas present, I upgraded these readers to a free Better Human lifetime membership. They have access to all the premium articles published monthly to Better Human.

And for all you other MEMO readers. Thank you for being part of this very personal project. I hope you will keep finding valuable content every Sunday here.

I wish you a wonderful advent time.

You are all fantastic human beings.

The Make Time App

Designed as a companion to the book, the Official Make Time App is also a refreshing alternative to so-called productivity apps that encourage busy work instead of actual work. It is free and it looks amazing.

Why time management is ruining our lives

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed by Oliver Burkeman.

How to think for yourself

There are some kinds of work that you can't do well without thinking differently from your peers. To be a successful scientist, for example, it's not enough just to be correct. Your ideas have to be both correct and novel. You can't publish papers saying things other people already know. You need to say things no one else has realized yet.

Five simple habits of extremely productive people

Been there, done that: I know how terrible it feels to be motivated, wanting to achieve more but finding yourself at the exact same point of stress and disappointment over and over again. I found myself in a doom-loop of reading about productivity techniques and still being ineffective for a long time.

How to be resilient

Life is unpredictable. Brace yourself with a suite of coping mechanisms, internal and external, then deploy them flexibly.

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An easy way to build new healthy habits and to train self-reflection.