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Weekend Reads – August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015 — by Matt

My own ideas of personal development and the genesis of this blog itself really sprang from the ideas and writing of others. In Weekend Reads I include a few articles that have spoken to me recently. I hope these provide you valuable insight and motivation.

1. 5 WAYS TO STOP BEING A PEOPLE PLEASER

(via Tiny Buddha)

Like the author of this article, I am a recovering people-pleaser, often taking on O.P.P. (or “Other People’s Projects” – NOT Naughty By Nature’s original intent but you get the idea).

Of course, it is important to help others. But sometimes we go too far, taking on other peoples’ problems as our own or completely filling our schedule cleaning up the messes of others, that we leave no “me” time. It’s possible to strike a more healthy balance, and I think this article does a good job outlining some methods to do that.

2. FINDING CREATIVE FLOW WITH MINIMALISM

(via Break The Twitch)

As an aspiring minimalist and a struggling creative, this article really hit home and connected many concepts I had been contemplating independently.

This article focuses on minimizing your inputs and distractions to help with creativity, which I find to be extremely helpful. In fact, me next two articles will deal with the abundance of distractions we face today and some of the systems and tools I use to try to quiet my environment and get some work done.

This article also does a great job of explaining the “flow” state, another of my favorite topics, and something I often struggle to find in my own creative process.

3. THE NOT-TO-DO LIST: 9 HABITS TO STOP NOW

(via Tim Ferriss)

The reason I love this (admittedly old) article is not the particular items included Tim Ferriss included in his list (although I do agree with many of them) – it’s the concept of a “not-to-do list” in general.

Our lives are overcrowded with stuff, and sometimes it feels like to-do lists just add pressure to our already stressful lives. Making a not-to-do list not only helps our stress levels by subtracting from our stressful inputs, but it also helps make clearer the goals and activities that are important by getting rid of the surrounding clutter.

Any articles, books, blog posts, or podcasts that you think would benefit others? Share them in the comments below!

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Matt

Simply on a quest to become unboring. Artist, Producer, part-time word-putter-together at BoringGrownups.com. SPIRAL SURFER. Chasing freedom. Only getting weirder.

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