Top Ten || March

1) "The Questions We Avoid" from Todd Henry on the Accidental Creative podcast

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The questions you ask yourself help define you, but so do the questions you refuse to consider. In this episode of his podcast, Todd Henry presents questions you should be asking yourself but probably aren't. I listened to this episode twice and took plenty of notes.

2) This video from Vox on how your phone is designed to be addicting

My friend Scott Kedersha shared this video with me, and it helps encapsulate how developers strategically designed the computer in your pocket to attract and hold your attention. It also presents practical steps you can take to mitigate some of the addictive qualities your phone embodies.

3) Seth Godin's new podcast, Akimbo

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Marketing genius and fascinating human being Seth Godin started a podcast. There are no guests and no complicated audio tricks. It's simply a platform for Seth to tell fascinating stories and make well-established arguments about how he sees the world. It's great. A good place to start is the first episode, "The Grand Opening." Seth is after helping you work toward what's important, not easy.

4) "Which supplements are backed by science?" from Inhabitat

This infographic shows you the supplements that have undergone scientific scrutiny and come out on the other side still worthy of ingestion. With so many pills available to you at every turn, the folks at Inhabitat have created an easy way for you to quickly see if what you're taking has some proof or is most likely a marketing ploy.

5) The last three minutes of this TED Talk

Ben Saunders is an adventurer, but what fascinated me most about his talk wasn't the things he's done--but what he's reflected on after reaching goals. Ultimately, "happiness is not a finish line." He goes on to say, "If we can't feel content here, now, on our journeys amidst the mess and the striving we all inhibit, the open loops, the half-finished to-do lists, the could-do-better-next-times, then we might never feel it."

6) Inbox Pause from Boomerang

Inbox Pause is a plugin I installed for Gmail that only allows emails to arrive in your inbox at set times. I keep my work email offline most of the time and batch process messages as much as possible. Until now, I didn't have a good solution to this for my personal email. Inbox Pause allows you to engage with your email on your own terms. It's like voluntarily moving your email from your phone to the mailbox down the street. By adding a step of having to walk to the mailbox, you inherently check it less and with greater intentionality.

7) Weight Room Worship on Spotify

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This month's podcast guest, Kevin Washington, curated a playlist he listens to while working out. I've written off Christian hip-hop for a long time, but Kevin proved me wrong. He found the good stuff.

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8) The Chemex, Hario V60 coffee scale, and Amaya beans

I'm being inducted into coffee snobbery and loving every second of it. I've typically laughed off the Starbucks haters and dismissed their love for pour overs as elitist and a waste of time. No longer, my friends. A friend recommended this fresh coffee set up, and I now can taste the difference. Slowing down to make coffee gives the experience more meaning, and it just tastes amazing. The Houston roasters at Amaya turn out high quality beans (Gatare from Rwanda served me well most recently). I look forward to learning more about what it means to see the Starbucks drip as second class. This brings me to...

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9) Intelligentsia's App

Intelligentsia, a coffee roaster based in Chicago, created an app that gives you all the information you need to brew great coffee. I'm a rookie, and the app gives you the proportions to make the perfect cup. They also give you different timers based on the brewing method of your choice. This free resource is a gift for the common good. The same guy who recommended my coffee set up also shared this app with me. Thanks, Zach Genre, for mentoring me into a better relationship with caffeine. If you live in Houston and find these recommendations useful, head over to Catalina and thank him, too.

10) Taking email off my phone

I've been experimenting with disabling email from my phone, and I've found the test to be refreshing. There have been times when it's been inconvenient and I need to work around it by opening email in my phone's browser, but--so far--the benefits outweigh the downsides.