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15 Newsletters That Will Enrich Your Life

15 Newsletters That Will Enrich Your Life

Thanks to the rise of high-quality and curated newsletters from all around the world, it’s now possible to get a daily dose of inspiration, interesting news, and life lessons directly to your inbox without worrying about receiving boring or spam content.

I’m a big fan of newsletters, as they are a key part of my idea workflow and they also make my day funnier. Here’re some of my favorite newsletters that will certainly enrich your life.

1. Start your day with a little bit of everything

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    The Inside Daily Brief is packed with all the trends, news, and other links you need to be smart, informed, and ahead of the curve. Unlike other services, Inside Daily Brief provides only the news you want to be updated on — and all sorts of fun pop culture and entertainment bits too.

    2. Increase your social media knowledge

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      Buffer’s daily newsletter is completely different from all the other social media newsletters. Along with great thoughts on social media and online marketing, you’ll learn what transparency means by reading about their amazing remote-working culture.

      3. Learn more about science

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        Ed Young is a great and a talented science writer at The Atlantic and NatGeo’s Phenomena. Some of his latest articles reveal why some birds are losing their ability to fly and how a brain prosthetic is now allowing a paralyzed man to move his hand again. If you don’t have time to peruse all of his posts, make sure to subscribe to his newsletter.

        4. Sick of the old stock photo? Here’s your answer!

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          If you are already deep inside the never-ending tunnel of the same old stock photos, the Death to Stock Photo newsletter is the light at the end of it. Every month, you’ll receive a great collection of photos and inspiration based on a specific topic.

          5. The media junkie’s ultimate solution

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            After subscribing to MediaREDEF, you’ll become familiar with their daily “interest remixes.” These are curated information streams which focus on industries and pop culture — including media, tech, pop, biz, culture, file, innovation, and music.

            6. Science explained with simple and funny articles

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              Wait but why is the place to learn more about science and things like the “gratification monkey” we all have inside our brain. Who says that science can’t be highly entertaining and funny to read?

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              7. Learn all sorts of interesting things

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                Now I Know, by Dan Lewis, is a free daily newsletter that will teach you something new every day. You’ll never again have to Google why we close our eyes when we sneeze!

                8. For the perpetual skeptic

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                  This Is True is a premium source of bizarre-but-true news.

                  Imagine this scenario: while two robbers were in the process of their crime, one changed his mind and arrested the other. Think it’s impossible? Well, you should give this newsletter a try because it’s actually true.

                  9. If you are looking to live a better life

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                    The Further newsletter is full of articles about the very best tips, trends, stories, and science about health, wealth, and wisdom to maximize your purpose, performance, and potential. Every story is personally selected and sent by serial entrepreneur Brian Clark.

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                    10. For the Sunday-morning thinkers

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                      Brain Pickings is a weekly digest that will enrich your Sunday mornings with the week’s most unmissable articles about creativity, art, psychology, design, science, philosophy, and other many other brain-filling topics.

                      11. For the sports addicts

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                        Casual Spectator is sports news for busy people. They make following sports easy by covering some of the most popular sports, such as the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, tennis grand slams, golf majors, NCAA football and basketball, along with European soccer and boxing.

                        12. If you think all newsletters are made by bots

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                          Dave Pell is the only algorithm behind Nextdraft. Each day, he personally selects the top ten most fascinating items from more than 75 news sites and he straight delivers them to your inbox. No fuss. No bots. No computer algorithms.

                          13. Discover new products every day

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                            The Product Hunt newsletter provides at least five new products every single day. Afraid to receive something you’ve already seen? Hundreds of products are submitted to Ryan Hoover’s Product Hunt, ensuring every email contains only something new and interesting.

                            14. A must-have resource for designers and developers

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                              Smashing Magazine provides a twice-a-month newsletter with useful tips, tricks, and resources to improve your designing and development skills. Once subscribed, you’ll also receive a free eBook.

                              15. If you get bored really easily

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                                Austin Kleon’s newsletter is simple but great. Every week, he shares a list of 10 things about art, writing, and interesting stuff. Some may call it a procrastination, some may call it a source of inspiration.

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                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                10. Find some competition.

                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                11. Go exercise.

                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                12. Take a good break.

                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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