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Photos In focus

The Atlantic’s In Focus exhibits a few of the submissions for the Sony 2020 World Photography Awards. Visual stories that inspire.

Ps. They accept submissions until 7 January 2020.

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Sixty minutes without interruption

Jason Fried on the hours of the workday:

There are lots of ways to carve up an hour. 10 x 6. 15 x 4. 30 x 2. 45 + 15. 20 + 20 + 20. The key is not to carve it up. And when you stack it up – one full hour after another – you really see the compound benefits of uninterrupted time.

Managing time is managing interruptions and vice versa.

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Andri Magnason On Time and Water

On Time and Water by Andri Magnason is one of the best books of the year. A book length meditation on climate change, glaciers, family relations and the times of our lives and loves.

I hope the English translation is out soon. This book deserves and needs a global audience.

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Projects a la Seth

Seth Godin on tasks vs projects:

The way a project gets done is up to you. Your goal is to create an extraordinary outcome, not to perform the tasks. The work done is simply a means to an end. If you can figure out how to do less work or different work and still create project magic, that’s exactly what you should do.

The challenge is in owning the project. 

Food for thought, as always, and an approach I would support. Go for projects rather than tasks.

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How to talk to your kids about climate change

Six tips from NPR, including a script:

“Humans are burning lots and lots of fossil fuels for energy, in planes, in cars, to light our houses, and that’s putting greenhouse gases into the air. Those gases wrap around the planet like a blanket and make everything hotter.

A hotter planet means bigger storms, it melts ice at the poles so oceans will rise, it makes it harder for animals to find places to live.

And it’s a really, really big problem, and there are a lot of smart people working hard on it, and there’s also lots that we can do as a family to help.”

Via Kottke.