This is the first edition of GWJ’s reading list. It includes articles and books I have read. Also, a weekly app or product I’m playing with.
I hope you enjoy this week’s GWJ round up. If you like what you read, please share it with your friends.
Fellow grassroots organizers please take note: A social movement is just like running a business, if you don’t have a clear goal and a people plan, your endeavor will fail.
I’ve seen a lot of bad presentations. If you can incorporate one tip from this article into your decks, it will put you ahead of the pack.
This article is about how knowledge can be lost in societies and what internet search will look like in the future. When I read this article, I thought about legacy policies companies continue to follow due to the mentality of “We’ve been doing it this way for a while.” Usually, the people who created these legacy policies are long gone and the policies are no longer relevant for the business’s current environment. Always challenge this mentality.
From The Blog Vault:
Book I just finished:
Main Take Away: We are now living in a society addicted to distraction that prides itself on shallow work (constantly checking work email, coffee dates, endless meetings, too much time on social networking, and etc). Those who can consistently focus and execute on their goals will reap the rewards in our society. You can do this by limiting shallow work by setting up a ritual for getting work done. For my ritual, I write for one hour M-F and limit meetings & coffee dates.
I will definitely reread this book.
What I’m tinkering with:
Inbox when ready for Gmail. I’m guilty of opening my inbox at the beginning of my workday to see what I need to respond to next. This is a guaranteed way to get stuck in the thick of thin things. You forget your goals for the quarter and year and instead focus on fighting fires, which is a great way to waste your day. Inbox when ready will hide your inbox so when you open your Gmail, you can prioritize your agenda instead of reacting to unimportant urgent tasks.