Every week I send out a newsletter with the recommendations, tools, apps, and other stuff that I believe are great resources or materials to help you find your way through the jungle of adulthood. None of these are sponsored items (although some have affiliate links attached), but are entirely based upon my own experiences with them. Some things may interest you, others may interest someone you know.
Take these tools and share them with your friends in conversation, online, or wherever. You don’t even have to tell them where you discovered them.
Book of the Week:
Born Standing Up
I first read this book in 2007 when it was published. Since then I have probably read it a half-dozen times more. For me there is so much packed into such a short read that provides a light and philosophical look at life through the anecdotes of Steve Martin’s life. From his beginnings at Disneyland through his clever negotiations during his first gigs, and all the way through to burning-out of stand-up touring. He covers his history in such concise and vivid detail that often it reads more like fiction. What I always take away from this read is a need to recognize how to pivot, or how to alter goals and intentions to fit where you feel inspired. I do not necessarily believe in the whole follow your passions mantra, but I rest assured knowing that you can be far more productive when you work towards something that inspires you.
“Chaos in the midst of chaos isn’t funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.” – Steve Martin
App of the Week:
I have fallen in-and-out of use with Evernote, but I think that is the biggest insight here to notice. I have never fallen far, and I seem to always come back. One of the smartest things happening with apps and technology right now is this ecosystem that syncs platforms between your phone, computer, tablets, etc. To be able to type up something on Evernote, as a sketch to a greater product, then to go about my day scribbling and copying down notes that will sync to my tablet that I work on during lunch is brilliant. Capture, organize, and share notes from anywhere. Your best ideas are always with you and always in sync. That is what Evernote promotes, and they deliver. Being the industry leader has its perks, and if you find yourself writing daily– Evernote is for you.
Odds & Ends:
I first ran into The Noteboard about four years ago when I started writing in a full-time capacity. I was creating these stories, preparing manuscripts, and trying to write long-form articles. The books, like Save the Cat and every blog post suggests buying an unyielding supply of notecards to color-coordinate and organize your stories and structures, but for as much as I use this method and love it, I wanted something that I could take with me for collaborations or while traveling. Frankly, notecards are too messy for me to want to sprawl out with in hotel rooms. That is when I discovered this little notecard-style dry-erase board. It easily folds up into a little bag with your markers, easily erases, and accomplishes every need I have had for it. This is one of my must have’s when I travel, and if you are aspiring to write or just plan big projects– I’d highly suggest picking one up.
Take all of these suggestions and start scribbling down those ideas.