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Free Forever

Google has announced it is closing G Suite free edition. Current users have until May 1, 2022 to upgrade to one of Google’s paid service, or move their mail to another provider. Google Suite, previously called Google Apps for businesses, was essentially a free version of Google Workspace that allowed you to use your own domain name with Google mail services. It was used by many small businesses with 10 email accounts or less, and by individuals who managed mail under their own domain. Read more...
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Revising Notes to Extract Ideas

One of the things I’m always looking to improve is note-taking. Taking notes, by itself, improves retention and understanding of what you read. The real benefit, however, is that in the long-term, you have a repository of notes that you can query for information when you need it. Although not the same, people call this a commonplace book, notecard system, a slip-box, a second brain. Luhman’s Zettelkasten has also received increased attention in the last few years. Read more...
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Personal side-projects

Three reasons you may be falling behind in personal side-projects: Fear of failing, masked behind over-analysis or the search for an impossible certainty of success. Specially if those projects are things you have not done before. Trying to do too many things at once, which can be a form of hiding. If you want to get things done, you need to focus on the most important things every day. Amateur mindset. Read more...
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Denying the Obvious

People don’t deny the obvious because they “have a cogent argument about why it’s wrong.” They deny it because they think it will make their life better, even if there is strong evidence that they are wrong. “Simply because denying it puts me into a circle of people where I feel comfortable denying it.” Seth Godin has honed this extraordinary ability of using powerful stories to help you see different points of view of the idea he’s trying to convey. Read more...
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Book Reading 2021

I read 28 non-fiction books in 2021. Here is what I learned this year: I made a list of the books I planned to read at the beginning of the year. Making a list of the books you want to read gives you focus and helps you reflect on what topics are you interested. I send my list to a couple of friends for feedback, and in turn they sent me their lists. Read more...
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