RadReads​ - How to organize your day on a napkin

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Hey friend,

Happy Memorial Day to our US-based subscribers. We give each and every one of you permission to whip out those linen pants.

Today we experimented with something new, an actual printable template that you can use to plan out your day. Let us know what you think!

We just wrapped our 10th cohort of Supercharge Your Productivity and will be hosting a free event to help you get through your to-do lists. Join us on June 14th as we deconstruct How to Get Things Done in 2022.

(If you're curious about how to apply David Allen's methodology today, here's the full post.)


How to organize your day on a napkin

RadReaders are a quirky bunch.

We have a hard time being lazy. (Especially on a 3 day weekend.)

We're always trying to optimize things.

And we make things unnecessarily complicated.

Look no further than a simple to-do list. We obsess over capture speed. Zapier automations. Chrome plug-ins. And text expanders.

But what if we're just over-complicating things? After all, the Oracle of Omaha has a litmus test for any of his investments: the analysis has to fit on the back of a napkin.

With age, I've realized that there's a lot of anxiety built into over-complicating things.

And a lot of joy from simplifying them.

So as a RadReads first, I want to present you with our first (free) paper product. A one-page, printable task manager:


Here are this week's top reads:

// one

The rich are not who we think they are. And happiness is not what we think it is, either.

5 minutes | NYT

Many people bust their butts to get rich. But what if the path to riches doesn’t involve starting a tech unicorn, being promoted to McKinsey partner or a YouTube channel with millions of subscribers. A study showed that the typical rich American is more likely to own an unsexy business like an auto dealer or beverage distributor. And if you’re starting from ground zero? Try starting a specialist marketing research firm.

Read the article

// two

Welcome to the 'network generation'

4 minutes | WSJ

What if we throw out the narrative that Gen Z is an image-conscious and distracted cohort that spends all their time on TikTok? LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman argues that this generation of Digital Natives truly understands the power of collaboration and global networked-based relationships — which will lead to a groundswell of creativity and innovation.

Read the article

// three

"I'm 32. I work 1 hour day. And I'm totally ok with that."

4 minutes | @qorprate

For this Reddit user, the secret to happiness is simple; he works one-hour a day, earning $30K/year, and then spends the rest of the time on his hobbies (hiking, repair work, playing games.) This post incensed many people. Some asked where’s the ambition? Parents smirked, what about college. Yet, he raises an important question: what is a “waste of time” anyway? Is working 50+ hours a week for a 6-figure salary just so you can buy more stuff really worth it?

Read the tweetstorm

// four

How to help an employee who struggles with time management

5 minutes | HBR

Managing your own time is hard. Helping someone else manage theirs is even harder, but it’s a problem you will inevitably face if you’re managing people. This article walks you through a step-by-step process on how to get started so that your direct reports prioritize ruthlessly and realistically.

Read the article

// five

I owe my success as a creative entrepreneur to these 8 questions I ask every month

2 minutes | Josh Spector

Success as an entrepreneur has so much to do with asking the right questions (and asking them regularly). We can’t find good answers if we don’t have good questions. A few to start with: what work did you most/least enjoy doing recently? What would happen if you raised your prices? And what would it look like if it were easy? Josh Spector’s For The Interested newsletter is a must-read for any creative entrepreneur.

Read the post


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  • The Paradox of Goals (YouTube video, 1 hour) - A wide-ranging, deeply philosophical conversation on goals, priorities and living a life that's true to you with Malcolm Ocean

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