#TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 15

I’m always working to incorporate more practices into my life that will make me happier, more productive, and more effective. These 29 short tips are certainly worth reading and implementing where you can.
I got this sent to my inbox and had to send it out. And, though it’s written to those of us in our twenties (phew! I can still say that for the next three-ish weeks), it is applicable to those of you in your thirties so don’t fret.
It’s not just about getting more sleep but about getting better sleep. If you’re anything like me, your phone keeps you up later than you’d like it to. Whether scrolling on social media or reading your favorite blog, most of us spend time in bed with a screen in our hands. And, for me, most of that starts with a notification I get from people who aren’t really talking about anything worth losing sleep over. This article will help me (and hopefully you) combat that.
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#TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 14

Spend More Time Alone by Cal Newport
Sometimes it’s difficult for some of us to be alone but Cal Newport says that’s what we need in order to really allow our creative juices to flow. How much time are you spending utterly alone? Can you increase that time comfortably (or maybe uncomfortably)?

You Should Start Playing Chess, The Original Cult Classic Board Game by Steve Rousseau
I’m a chess player. Have been for years. It’s taught me patience and strategy (I wish it would teach me more but maybe it will if I’m patient). This article goes into why it’s important to play chess and why you should consider picking it up.

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#TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 13

Excuse the glitch yesterday but, the good thing is, today, you get two posts!

These 9 Things Are Draining Your Passion at Work (Here’s How to Counter Them) by Scott Mautz
Ever felt exhausted in the office and couldn’t pinpoint why? This Inc. article provides some good reasoning behind it as well as ways to combat that lethargy.

What’s Bitcoin exactly, and should I invest in it? by Adam Shell
Bitcoin. Most of us have heard of it. Few of us actually know what it is. What we do know, however, is that folks are getting rich off it. This article takes a quick look at the cryptocurrency causing all the buzz and helps you make a decision on how/if to get involved with the mystery money.

A guide for people who work from home by Corinne Purtill
Working from a remote location can be great. You save gas (money), the earth (by saving gas), and sometimes you feel more creative outside of a bustling office building. But knowing how to do it is key. Corinne does a great job in providing some key tips.


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#TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 12

Here are the ages you peak at everything throughout life by Chris Weller and Skye Gould
Now, as with everything, take this with a grain of salt. Some of the best people in certain fields have been late bloomers. But, at the same time, it adds a bit of perspective when you’re thinking about where you want to be in your life, personally and professionally.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Being a Good Bar Regular by Tracy Moore
I like a good drink, every now and then. And I, while I like having them at home because it’s cheaper, there are times when I just want to hang out at a bar. While I knew many of these basic rules, like leave a $1 tip for a beer and $2 for a cocktail, it’s always nice to hear a bartender’s perspective on how to be a good (and respectful) regular at your neighborhood bar. Oh, and though written for gentlemen, ladies you may want to read this, either for your own knowledge and to share with the men in your life.

3 Suit Rules That Seem Stupid But Matter
I don’t wear suits all the time anymore. Very few of my friends do. But it’s still important to know how to wear one when the time comes. Check out this article and figure out how you (or someone you know) can benefit from it.

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well by Jesse Sostrin
I’ll be the first to say that I’m not the best at delegating (but I’m getting better, now that I’m in my second position with a dedicated person playing a support role). I like to do everything I can myself. That’s why this article was so important to me. I hope it can help you along the process of becoming stronger at delegating tasks.

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#TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 11

“I Learned How to Write From My Heart” by Cheri Lucas Rowlands
I write. Writing is what I want to do with my forever when I get to that point. So, of course, I think everyone else should see the value in being able to, at the very least, put a sentence or two together in somewhat of a palatable fashion. This piece hones in on it. Check it out.

Meet the photographer traveling the world for free by Francesca Street
After writing (and motivating, which I sometimes do through my writing), photography and traveling are my next two favorite things to do, in alternating order. The story of this young professional who found an alternative way into his passion is pretty dope. I want to be like him when I grow up.

Five Work Habits To Kick Before The End Of The Year by Rich Bellis
I don’t really believe in “Catch All” lists but I do believe in “Catch Most” lists and this is one of those. Some stuff just makes sense to most.

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#TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 10

Simple Wardrobe Alterations Every Man Should Make by Grant Tillery
I’m all about getting clothes that compliment your body. This article focuses on how men can do that effectively without breaking the bank.

10 Tricks To Appear Smart In Meetings by Sarah Cooper
Even when I’m not the smartest person in the room, I want to seem intelligent. Even if I don’t feel it at that moment, the appearance that I am is important to me. This short piece is right on time, as I’m often in the room with doctors, professors, and lawyers these days.

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