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I started the year with the best intentions... But so far 2021 feels both intense *and* sluggish. So many new ideas, so little energy!

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#074 | January 14th, 2021​

Hi there! I'm Anne-Laure Le Cunff, the founder of Ness Labs. You're receiving this email because you signed up to Maker Mind, a weekly newsletter about mindful productivity. Thank you for being here. If this email was forwarded to you, get your own ✨
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Creating habits.

Hi friends!

I started the year with the best intentions... But so far 2021 feels both intense *and* sluggish. So many new ideas, so little energy!

If you feel the same, I hope you enjoy this edition where we go back to the basics. First, we'll ask how do we form new habits? And how long does it take? Then, we'll have a look at the principles of making notes (not just taking notes). Finally, I'll share a few helpful techniques to think better.

If you've been planning to start creating content online, I also want to invite you to go back to the basics with a mini accelerator starting next week, where you'll learn how to host your first online event and publish your first article.

P.S. I'm currently reading The Three-Body Problem by Chinese writer Liu Cixin. If you're into sci-fi and space opera, I highly recommend it!

Virtual meetup. Research shows that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Are new year's resolutions that bad? Can we make them more actionable? Come discuss your experience with resolutions (or lack thereof). Join »

Brain food

Creating habits: how long does it take to form a habit? (6 min)
A popular misconception which persists since the 1960s is that it takes about 21 days to adopt a new habit. This magic number is used everywhere from advice columns to self-help books. However, this is a myth. Where does it come from, and how long does it actually take?

From note-taking to note-making (5 min)
Most traditional note-taking systems don't result in better recall. For instance, there's no difference in student performance between the Cornell method and using free-flow notes. Is there a better way to capture, understand, and remember what we study?

5 thinking tools to add to your metacognitive toolbox (5 min)
Developing metacognitive skills is essential to being productive while taking care of your mental health. Here are a few helpful thinking tools borrowed from the world of education.

Dream Big. Three participants share a dream, and the audience helps the dreamers. The community will pool resources, ideas, and creative energy into solutions to overcome the obstacles between the dreams and their dreams. Join »

Brain candy

Hijack Your Feed (for macOS)
“Replaces Twitter ads with your todos.”

Weather Scarf (Twitter)
“Well here it is: 2020's weather. 3m, 732 rows (2 rows=1 day), 70,368 stitches, 1kg of wool.”

How to write good prompts (Andy Matuschak)
“This essay catalogues techniques and mental models for writing good spaced repetition prompts—not just to remember stuff but as a method for creating understanding.”

The Knowledge Entrepreneur. A meetup for creators who would like to earn an income with your knowledge, discussing strategies, tools, and challenges. Join »

Brain trust

Here's a sneak peek into what's going on behind the scenes. Don't miss out—if you enjoy Maker Mind, become a member to support the newsletter, expand your mind, and connect with like-minded people!

  • Playtime. Come discuss the concept of play and ways to incorporate it in your daily life in this fun session. Join.
  • Getting Things Done. Khe, founder of RadReads, gave us an workshop where we learned how to actually apply the principles behind the GTD method. Watch the recording.
  • Co-Working Sessions. The next co-working session, led by Lukas, is today! Or you can join the following one on Saturday. Make progress on your projects.
  • The Art & Science of Breathwork. Conni and Jonny hosted a beginner session to learn the basics of breakwork. Watch the session.
  • Improv. Join the #Improv support group to participate in the next sessions tomorrow and on Monday next week.
  • Conversations. Currently discussing how to stick to our time-blocking plans, how to choose what to focus on, what we plan to learn in 2021, the benefits of taking a social media break, our best night time routines, and more. Join the conversation.
  • Support groups. We now have groups for #Parenting, #VisualThinkers, #BookLovers, #AudioVideoCreators and more. And for specific tools for thought, there are dedicated groups for #RoamResearch, #Obsidian, #Notion, and #Evernote. Join a group or start your own.
  • Creator Spark. And of course, don't forget to join the accelerator, which starts on Monday!

Until next week, take care!
Anne-Laure.

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