Digital Digest w.4.2018

It’s the last week of January already – wow! How are you doing on your goals, commitments, resolutions?

Getting this curated content out weekly was one of my goals. Because I wanted to share finds like this:

First, de-escalate (2 min read)

Seth Godin says, “It’s very difficult to reason with someone if their hair is on fire. Customer service (whether you’re a school principal, a call center or a consultant) can’t begin until the person you’re working with believes that you’re going to help them put out the fire on their head.”

Seth outlines basic principles to help you communicate – so that you can actually communicate.

By the way, I try to read everything Seth Godin writes. It’s usually gold and will make you think deeper about things.

Another one of my goals was to exercise M-F, for 10 minutes, in the morning. This is a drastic improvement from what I used to do: no days or sporadic days, for varying minutes, at random times.

4 weeks into 2018 and, though I don’t have any noticeable physical results, I am feeling more disciplined and feel like I have a better start to my day because of the exercise. Secretly, I’m trying to increase my memory capacity.

Because exercise helps your brain not just your body.

Here is a very succinct list of

6 Ways Exercise Makes You Smarter (2 min read)

But that’s an opinion article. So don’t just take my word, or their word…how about Harvard’s word?

The Harvard Health Publishing Division of Harvard Medical School wrote in their Harvard Health Letter: (did I use the word “Harvard” enough? 🙂 )

Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills (3 min read)

I’ve been using the free version of the Sworkit app to guide me through exercises and ensure I do my full 10 minutes.

I like being able to see the exercise modeled. I also like how it uses a variety of exercises for short periods of time, to keep me moving and changing it up. And it incorporates little breaks, along the way with countdowns to keep me motivated.

Do you use something different and like it? I’d love to hear about it!

Sworkit App – Guided workout plans and customizable workouts on any device.

Also this week I’m finishing up the book: The 4 Disciples of Execution by Chris McChesney.

It describes the challenge of how the whirlwind of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day often devours all the time and energy you need to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow.

This book provides a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind.

4DX – The 4 Disciplines of Execution

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
― 1 Timothy 4:8

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
― John F. Kennedy


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The Digital Digest is a weekly email sharing a few hand-selected articles, videos, or podcasts you may find interesting and helpful, from what I’m learning in my pursuit to follow Jesus fully and lead well in our digital world.