My favourite reads from 2017

As we got closer to the end of the year, I wanted to take a moment to share the articles that inspired me the most. They cover a few of my favorite topics, ones that are discussed here regularly but are worth revisiting often. Note: these are not all written in 2017, but it is when I read them How I got my attention backThe Daily Plan BarWhy walking helps us thinkThe Top 3 Most Effective Ways to Take Notes While ReadingThe magic of microcopyAlexa, make my kids more self-sufficientHow and why to keep a “commonplace book”Have Smartphones Destroyed…

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Why you should quit reading paper books

Ok, this title had me disagreeing right from the start. But although I love paper books, I also understand and appreciate some of the benefits of digital books. As such, I was curious to hear what the author had to say. And whether he could change my mind. Nope. Not even close. Yes, the ability to add highlights to books I read on a Kindle (or in the Kindle app) are nice to have. But due to the closed nature of the Amazon e-book ecosystem, I would never recommend anyone rely solely on Kindle for storing their reading notes. The…

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How and why to keep a “commonplace book”

This is something my friend Patrick Rhone talked about often over at The Cramped (at least, before he went nonline). He linked to this very post in fact. And I love the idea, even if it is one I have not adopted myself. What is a commonplace book? Holiday explains it this way: A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in…

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Save for later

This post from Intercom is a little older (although you may not know it since they do not include a date). Diana Kimball takes a lovely foray into examining the allure and the psychology behind apps that allow us to save stuff for later. It’s a slightly longer read, but a good one that can be summed up here: Bookmarking tools nominally exist to help people return to where they left off — or, at least, to reassure themselves that they will.Ha, well said! I feel the truth of this statement keenly. Something gets our attention, we use our…

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Easy reading is damn hard writing

Gregory Ciotti from Help Scout gives some solid tips for improving your writing. The goal in our craft should be producing a piece that is not work to consume: … effective writing is lean, clean, and easy to read.He takes several different methods and gives solid examples of how to put them to use. If you write at all, this is worth your time. There are a few links to books and resources that can help you with your craft. Source…

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The rise in phone reading

The details of this report match my own habits. My iPad usage had declined significantly over the past two years. Once I made the upgrade to the bigger screen of the iPhone 6, I was more than ready to get rid of the awkward middle child of my digital setup. And it looks like a lot of people are on the same path. But what has captured publishers’ attention is the increase in the number of people reading their phones.More telling: Some 45% of iBooks purchases are now downloaded onto iPhones, an Apple spokeswoman said. Before that, only 28%…

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Why can’t we read anymore?

Hugh McGuire describes the problem that has resulted from our always on stream of updates. For him, reading 4 books in one year was a struggle and a sign that the issue is serious. His description of the nature of the problem may resonate with a lot of us: I’ve been finding it harder and harder to concentrate on words, sentences, paragraphs. Let alone chapters. Chapters often have page after page of paragraphs. It just seems such an awful lot of words to concentrate on, on their own, without something else happening.His, and others, premise is that this…

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