I'm back from a much needed holiday.
After 4–5 months of being at home working most of that time, this break was literally a breath of fresh air. 😆
One week of travelling, seeing new places and eating good food cleared out all the fatigue I had built up over the months.
I went to Goa where I got to witness some breathtaking views, like this:
While I was on this trip, I applied the philosophy of Ichigo Ichie, which talks about being completely present in the moment because the moment is unique and fleeting.
And it made my experience ten-fold better.
During the one week of travelling, I never experienced a moment of anxiety or being somewhere else mentally.
I completely immersed myself into my surroundings, seeing the vastness of the sea, feeling the cool breeze on my face, and the calming mist of water coming from a raging waterfall.
It was a magical week where I felt genuinely grateful to be alive and enjoy the natural beauty around me. 😊
If you've been at home, working for a long time now, maybe it's time for a break. Bon voyage. 🛳
Now, grab a coffee, sit tight, and enjoy this week's issue:
Book to Read
The One Thing
Focusing on one path will get you further than trying to be a jack of all trades. This book will tell you all about this belief and teach you to stay focused on what matters the most in your life.
View it on Goodreads
Apps & Services
Sleep better with interactive sleepscapes
Loóna will help you drift off to a relaxing sleep with its interactive sleepscapes every night. Each sleepscape has a warm story narrated by a soothing voice. You can interact with the 3D sleepscape as the story progresses. I've been using this app every
night for a week, and I can't get enough of it. Each sleepscape and the associated story has been crafted with care and is a joy to explore. Loóna is a paid subscription of $39.99/year, but you can try
it out for free before you buy to make sure it's a fit for you. Available on iOS and Android.
Peek at your file size, dimensions, and more
Informant is one of those tiny utility apps that work in the background to help you with the information you need without getting in your way. This macOS menu bar app will show you the file size or dimensions or more information about your currently selected
file anywhere in the system. I love it because I can quickly check the file size of images before uploading them to my blog or this newsletter. Informant is free to use and is available on macOS.
Create shareable tweet screenshots
Poet is a handy web app that lets you generate beautiful shareable screenshots of a tweet from its link. All you need to do is paste the link of the tweet you want to share, and Poet will create a gorgeous screenshot out of it. You can customise the colours
of your screenshot and also have tweets show up in dark mode. I used Poet to generate the preview of the Twitter thread in this week's newsletter. Check it out when you scroll to that section. Poet is free to use.
I've tried plenty of image upscaling tools in the past, but Upscaler got me the best results while scaling up low-resolution photos. Upscaler uses AI tech to intelligently scale up your images up to 8x of the original
resolution. Along with scaling up, Upscaler also applies many filters like Artifact Removal, Ironing, etc., to give you a smooth scaled image. Upscaler is free to use for up to 3 images, and then you can pay $15 for your next 100 upscales.
Taking the Shortcut
Select all cells in the current row on Google Sheets.
Experiences make us feel alive and leave a lasting impression on our minds. However, most times, we're so focused on chasing experiences that are far away, like a holiday in Europe, that we miss the daily experiences in front of us. In this post, Darius
talks about "the last time" meditation that will help you get the most out of every experience no matter where you're in your life.
We can't remember everything we encounter. Our brains remember only the most striking piece of data from the ocean of information we throw at it every day. Therefore, the more we compress new information into rules or summaries, the more we can retain.
Forget useless things to make room for the essential information. David talks about this concept in detail with various examples in his article.
Curiosity comes in different flavours. One is destination-oriented, where we get curious to remember a specific piece of information desperately. When we retrieve that information, our thirst gets quenched. The other is a never-ending curiosity that emerges
when we're intrigued by a new topic and dive deep to explore it further, like learning something new. This form of curiosity is journey-oriented and can help you combat anxiety by being curious about the sensations in your body when you're
anxious. Read this article to know more.
It's easy to get into a productivity slump when you're pushing all day to get things done. After all, we can only venture out so far before breaking down along the way. When you're in such a situation, feeling unproductive, this article will be a guide
to getting you back on track. Learn tips that are absolutely gold from the Wirecutter team at NYTimes.
We often spend ridiculous amounts of money to buy a feeling of satisfaction or fulfilment. Buying the new iPhone will make me feel fulfilled, or renting a $1000/night Airbnb will give me the joy I'm so desperately looking for. These are the things we
keep telling ourselves when we're looking for ways to throw money at our problems. However, satisfaction and happiness isn't something external; they emerge from within us. So, instead of placing an order on Amazon the next time you feel
sad, try looking at how you can feel better with what you already have.
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