Hope you're having a great week. Here are a few things I've been reading and pondering lately. Enjoy!
Stop worrying about your student loans so you can focus on the rest of your life. Lowering your interest rate is the quickest way out of student loan debt. Here the two best free ways to lower your interest rate.
I'm on a major Morgan Housel kick lately. In fact, I just bought his book (it's 99 cents on Amazon) and I'm really excited to dig in. Here's another great post from his time at Fool.com.
My biggest takeaway from economics is that the past wasn't as good as you remember, the present isn't as bad as you think, and the future will be better than you anticipate.
Everyone is half as rational and twice as gullible as they think they are.
I don't know many people who are good at multitasking, but I know lots of people who think they are. Most of us would get more done focusing on one thing at a time, doing it right the first time.
This is James Clear's presentation from the Craft + Commerce conference. It's a great talk and asbolutely worth 25 minutes.
This one from Edmond Lau really resonated. If you haven't already, I highly recommend signing up for his free email course (even if you aren't an engineer).
Responsibility has a way of filling our schedules. Standing meetings, new meeting requests, email backlogs, task lists, interruptions to help out, firefighting, urgent customer demands — they can all easily fill our available time.
And, as we grow in our roles, we take on more responsibilities. The number of areas where we’d be the “best person for the job” keeps growing over time. It becomes harder to say no to all the incoming requests. We’ll sometimes feel that spending time on the things that we should be doing leaves little space in our schedules for the things that we want to do.
4. Quote of the Week
"I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized: I am somebody."
- Lily Tomlin
5. Random Links
- For the freelancers, consultants and contractors among us, don't forget that your quarterly estimated taxes are due today!
- Here's Intercom on Breaking the curse of knowledge in your writing
- And here's why optimism is a double-edged sword for entrepreneurs.
- I was reminded this week that Quip is far superior to Google Docs.
- A friendly reminder that good work habits are the key to less stress.
Have a great weekend!
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