5 Ideas For The Interested This Week

“Repetition doesn’t create memories. New experiences do.” — Brian Chesky

Remember the first time you saw the internet?

I do.

A college friend called me into his room to show me something on his computer and I was blown away to see a text version of David Letterman’s top ten list from the previous night.

I thought it was the coolest thing in the world and was instantly hooked.

It was a simpler time.

I talked about that experience — and a bunch of other stuff you’ll likely find more valuable — in an interview this week on comedian Mike Bridenstine’s podcast.

We touch on everything from how you can find and connect with fans, to whether it’s possible to create art that shocks people any more, to what you can do if Facebook is driving you insane.

Listen to the episode here.

Now, on to this week’s ideas…

1. HOW TO REINVENT YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED AND SEE MORE INTERESTING STUFF

“What I did has made my feed more interesting, more valuable, less stressful, and even led me to see something I’ve never seen before.”

I got bored with the stuff I see on Instagram so I did something about it.

In this post I explain how to reinvent your Instagram feed based on my own recent experiment which involved wiping the slate clean, choosing a set of topic I’m curious about, and figuring out how to find accounts that share the most interesting stuff related to those topics.

Side note: Next week I’m going to share a great idea about how to quickly learn digital marketing with For The Interested All Access members, so become an All Access member here if you’d like me to send it to you too!

RELATED: Seven ways to stop social media from driving you crazy.

2. AN INTROVERT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING OFFICE WORK

“Talk early, not often. Speaking early in a meeting, even by offering a fairly banal statement, establishes your presence in the room. It can also take the pressure off so you can listen to the discussion without worrying about trying to say something smart.”

Working in a crowded and busy office is far from an ideal situation for introverts, but there are things you can do to survive and thrive in that situation.

Morra Aarons Mele shares an introvert’s guide to surviving on the job that includes tips on how to figure out if you’re an introvert, set boundaries, and make the most of meetings.

RELATED: Office tactics for introverts.

3. HOW TO PRACTICE AS A KNOWLEDGE WORKER

“Better training has brought big improvements to the quality of athletics and also chess, and many of those advances are quite recent — when is the intellectual world going to follow suit?”

We all know practice is valuable, but do you apply the concept of practice to intellectual pursuits?

Tyler Cowen breaks down how to practice as a knowledge worker and suggests you write and read every day, have regular interactions with smart people, and try to crack cultural codes.

RELATED: Nine daily practices to increase your attention span.

4. HOW TO MAKE A GREAT VACATION VIDEO

“Think of your setting as one of the subjects in your video. You or your loved ones can still be front-and-center, but let your environment have its camera time, too.”

Your summer vacation video is about to get a whole lot more compelling.

Katie Armstrong explains how to make a great vacation video including to let the location speak for itself, think in shots, and document what you want to remember.

RELATED: How to photograph your vacation.

5. HOW TO STOP COMPLAINING

“Remember: All complaints, including negative talk about others or yourself, are just frustrated wishes. And there are two types of wishes: ones that can you can make come true and ones that you have no control over.”

Feeling a little cranky lately? Here’s the antidote.

Neil Strauss breaks down how to stop complaining and challenges you to go 30 days without complaining.

To accomplish this he suggests reminding yourself that, “Whenever you are complaining, this is a signal that you are managing your life badly.”

RELATED: How complaining rewires your brain for negativity.

COMING NEXT WEEK TO ALL ACCESS MEMBERS…

Here’s a sneak peek at some ideas All Access members will get in next week’s newsletter:

• How to quickly learn digital marketing

• The simplest way to measure your health

• How to create a strategy

• A collection of must-read articles for anybody with an email newsletter

• How to master Quora

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WHERE I FOUND THIS STUFF

I got some of this week’s ideas from Creative Mornings, Joi Sigurdsson, Trevor McKendrick, and DO Lectures — they’re awesome and worth checking out.

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