Below are some interesting articles that inspired me to think differently this week.
In praise of laziness: Workers should be doing less, not more. We need more free-thinking breaks, what Jack Welch called “looking at the window time.” All of this comes with the announcement this week that Google is cutting its “20% time,” which led to some of its great inventions like Gmail and Adsense.
Do you know what made Apple great? Thomas Brand argues that what made Apple great was Steve Job’s restraint. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
Orhan Pamuk talks to Simon Schama. Turkey’s famous author comes to explain how the many paradoxes of modern Turkey influenced his writing.
Crosswords don’t make you clever. I never had the patience for crosswords but I love to get outside. Neuroscience professor Nicholas Spitzer argues that hiking creates more neurons than doing repetitive crossword puzzles.
The Tragedy of the Sunset Photo. There are a plethora of sunset images on Instagram yet too few good ones. Lighting is hard to get right. Plus, dark and moody photos feel more creative. But you can sell both image types on Pinterest.
Can what you do *before* you write improve your actual writing? Interesting article exploring how rituals shape enjoyment in any process, like writing, which by the way, everyone should do. FYI – Seth Godin has been blogging for ten plus years and, surprise, he wasn’t always great at it.