Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We’re just finishing Marie Kondo’s intriguing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, (Audible book here). Before reading this book, we hadn’t made the connection between tidying and, for example, doing well on examinations. Som …

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A visit to Japan!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s book recommendation is The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, by Todd Rose, recommended by our Lead Mentor Linda Walker. (Todd also read the Audible edition of his book.) No one is average, asserts Todd, and the New York Times found mu …

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Rapt–and the secret sauce…

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We’ve finally gotten around to starting Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, by Winifred Gallagher  (This book was recommended by one of our favorite writers, Cal Newport, in his awesome guide to productivity: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World.)  Gal …

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Cork Dork and love at the South Pole

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month We give an enthusiastic thumbs up for Bianca Bosker’s fantastic book Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste. You might think that this is just a simple book about wine tastin …

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Rest to improve productivity

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! This week’s email is packed with tips, insights, and leads.  Here goes! Book of the Week Learning How to Learner Joe Muskatel points us towards this week’s book of the week: Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.  If you are a highly productive individual, y …

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Cormac McCarthy’s first non-fiction writing

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! How to Shift from Anti-Tech Type into Tech—or to Change to Anything Very Different? Here’s an article Barb wrote that has become a hit on LinkedIn: “I was your basic anti-tech type; then I became an engineer. Here’s how I made the shift.”  If you’re looking for inspiration about how you can c …

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Battle of the Titans!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Battle of the Titans! Which video is better?  Barb is featured in each video, but the final edited version is very different.  You decide! Here’s Inc Magazine’s version: How to Have the Most Productive 25 Minutes of Your Life. And here’s Big Think’s version: Learn How to Learn Better with the …

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More Mindshift updates

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! We can’t help but send some interesting updates from this week’s round of interviews and reviews related to the launch of Mindshift, plus some other sundry goings’ on. “What the Teacher of the World’s Most Popular Online Course Has Learned About the Science of Learning” Here’s an interview wi …

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Cheery Tuesday Greetings–Today marks the Launch of Mindshift, the Book!

Cheery Tuesday (Yes, Tuesday!) Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! The Launch of Mindshift, the Book! This week we’re writing earlier and more briefly than usual. That’s because today, we’re in New York City for the launch of Barb’s new book Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential. Here’s a wonderful …

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The Upstarts

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Some of our previous book choices may have hinted at the fact that we’re intrigued by the unusual confluence of creativity found in Silicon Valley.  We’re now deep into Brad Stone’s new book The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Ar …

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