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Make the most of your mind

#054 | August 6th, 2020
Hi there! I'm Anne-Laure Le Cunff, the founder of Ness Labs. You are receiving this email because you signed up to Maker Mind, a weekly newsletter about mindful productivity. Thank you for being here. If this email was forwarded to you, get your own ✨
Current mood: everyone deserves to take a break. Artist: Alex Gross.

Rational emotions.


Hi friends!

I just came back from a lovely break. No emails, no Twitter—just good books, good food, and good chats.

Depending on their location, occupation, and personal situation, people usually take a vacation once or twice a year to recharge their batteries and spend some time with their loved ones.

This year, things are a bit more complicated. How can you disconnect when life is genuinely crazy?

In this edition, we will talk about how you can make the most of your break from work, whether you are staying at home or travelling locally. I also share a guide to the rational benefits of emotions—no, rationality and emotion are not antithetic!

Finally, we will learn about the post-mortem, an incredibly useful and under-utilised planning tool for project management.

Enjoy the read, and hit reply if you have any questions, feedback, or want to say hello!

p.s. do you have an entrepreneurial brain? King's College have just launched a study to explore the neuroscience of entrepreneurship. If you run a business, take the survey to receive a personalised report on your cognitive strengths 🧠

Upgrade your coffee game. Tony (Tonx) Konecny and Sumi Ali of YesPlz are obsessed with great coffee. Every week they create a new blend or single origin roast, sourced from around the world, roasted in LA and shipped, hassle-free, to your door. Get $5 off your first order »

Brain food

The rational benefits of emotions
Rationality and emotion may seem antithetic. One relies on mental models, the other on gut feelings. In school, we are taught how to think better, not how to feel better. But emotions are actually powerful tools when yielded with care.

How to take a replenishing vacation (or staycation)
In a world where always online is the norm, it's harder than ever to disconnect. Many people end up coming back to work more tired than when they left. Lucky for you—there are ways to make the most of your time away from work.

Pre-mortem: how to anticipate failure with prospective hindsight
Most people are familiar with post-mortem documentation, where a team records what went well and what didn't at the conclusion of a project. Fewer people have performed a pre-mortem before the start of a project.

Virtual meetup. How can we learn to control the vast sea of digital text we are exposed to? Can we break out of the paradigm of the printed page? This meetup will be co-led by Frode Hegland, the founder of the Future of Text initiative. Register »

Brain candy

Timeful texts (Andy Matuschak & Michael Nielsen)
“How might one create a medium which does the job of a book, but which escapes a book’s shackled sense of time?”

NASA scientist simulates sunsets on other worlds (NASA)
“Have you ever wondered what a sunset on Uranus might look like?”

The Network Effects Bible (NFX)
“Network effects have been responsible for 70% of all the value created in technology since 1994.”


Brain trust

A sneak peek into the members area. Becoming a member is a great way to expand your mind, and to support the newsletter!

  • The Future of Text. Our next meetup will be all about text. What text means in our modern world, how digital text shapes our lives, and how we can shape the future of text. Register.
  • Mental Models. Just announced a new meetup at the end of the month, all about mental models. Are they helpful or dangerous? How do you identify and use them to your advantage?
  • Member-led events. Lukas is organising online co-working sessions, Christo is leading mental gym sessions, and Rika suggested a writing accountability group for members of the community.
  • Community. Currently discussing learning how to learn, setting up a digital garden, self-education versus formal education, and more. Join the conversation.
  • Mind Match. If you prefer 1:1 chats over group conversations, all members can fill this form to get matched with a fellow member for a virtual coffee chat.

Until next week, take care!
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