To balance out these great long challenge reads, we need some sources for tasty short treats. So for this week’s Short List, I’ve gathered a list of great sources for quick, thought provoking reads that you can gobble up during a commute or on your lunch break. Bon appetit!
- Farnam Street blog. Canadian blogger Shane Parrish produces this treasure-chest of links, organized around the concept of getting smarter. His Sunday newsletter, Brain Food summarizes his latest finds. My only problem with this site is that it is so rich I could get lost for hours! Check out this issue to get an idea: there’s generally a theme, a list of associated links and also more links to what Shane is reading, which is cool. Brain Food led me to a great article from the New Yorker on how walking helps you think.
- Another source I’ve been noticing is LinkedIn’s Pulse. I’m just getting into it, but apparently LinkedIn is morphing into a publishing platform — in addition to providing the business networking it is already famous for. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, then Pulse will offer a customized news stream, or you can peruse and search on your own. Using Pulse, I found a short, interesting read on how to be more effective in meetings. I’ll definitely be keeping my fingers on Pulse.
And here’s one more to digest:
- As my faithful readers know, I’m a sucker for lists and FastCompany offers a ton of helpful ones through its newletters on leadership, technology and creative people. By signing up for their leadership newsletter I’ve enjoyed some recent great reads: 7 mistakes new managers make, 4 odd ways smart people prioritize their days, and 8 ways I’m sabotaging my productivity. So many good ideas to chew on.
Enjoy, busy readers! See you next week with an update on one of my longer reads. I’m three-quarters of the way through with Five Days at Memorial and taking a quick look into Trainspotting, which is one of the Guardian 1000 Challenge reads. As usual, way too much to bite off…