Issue 1

January, 2016

Welcome, new year’s resolutions, latest articles and how to make your mark.

Happy new year and welcome to the first ever edition of Future of Work Monthly – the curated monthly newsletter full of inspiring, tactical and practical articles, stories and resources that can help you build a successful career or an amazing business.

This is a mega issue with heaps of really useful articles on a whole range of topics. So, without further ado, let’s kick off 2016 with some of the best from around the web, including how to do new year’s resolutions so you can actually get what you want.

Be awesome!


PS: Since this is the first issue of Future of Work Monthly, I’d love to hear your feedback, good or bad so I can make sure this newsletter is everything you want. Just email me at and let me know what you think! Thanks.

Latest from

A few thoughts on organisational culture and productivity
“Let’s change the way we manage. Value output. Encourage productivity innovation. Reward outcomes, focus, prioritisation, agility and a well executed project plan over hours in the office or emails checked out of office hours.” –

The 140 Best Articles on Medium in 2015
“Yes, I write on Medium too, but I value the platform most as a content curator, sorting well-written, useful and inspiring articles according to my interests. As 2015 came to an end and I contemplated what 2016 might look like, I thought it might be fun to revisit the best articles Medium had to offer in the past year.” –

New Year’s Resolutions

Forget about setting goals. Focus on this instead.
“What I’m starting to realize, however, is that when it comes to actually getting things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things. It all comes down to the difference between goals and systems. Let me explain.” –

6 Ways to Create an Awesome 2016
“Unfortunately, most people make a bunch of resolutions and then let them fizzle out by the end of the first month or so. How can we overcome this, and keep our motivation throughout the year to make it as awesome as it can be?” –

Recommendations and Resolutions for 2016 (podcast)
“This episode is ~99% serious recommendations and resolutions for 2016. Tim Ferris is joined by tech entrepreneur and investor, Kevin Rose, so it’s at least 1% shenanigans.”

Goals suck. Build habits and systems instead.
“Even if New Year’s Resolutions aren’t your thing the start of a new year is a good time to reflect and evaluate your progress in the past 12 months. But when it comes to making big changes in your life, don’t set goals.” –

4 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make to Improve Your Career
“As the year comes to a close, people are naturally going to be talking about their New Year’s resolutions. Want to know what I think you should really be focusing on in 2016? Here are four ways to further your career.” – Garry Vaynerchuk on


Collaborative Overload
“Collaboration is taking over the workplace. As business becomes increasingly global and cross-functional, silos are breaking down, connectivity is increasing, and teamwork is seen as a key to organizational success. According to data we have collected over the past two decades, the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50% or more.” –


Do You Have a Manager’s Mindset?
“Ultimately a manager needs to focus on becoming a successful teacher and mentor in order to help their people develop and grow, and to increase the overall capacity of the team.” –

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?
“There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely…” –


Employee Benefits at Basecamp
“I’m often asked about the benefits we offer at Basecamp. Potential employees are obviously curious, but most of the questions I get are from fellow business owners and entrepreneurs. Everyone’s looking to know what everyone else is doing — as are we — so I figured I might as well post our current benefit list publicly.” –


How to be Productive: An In-Depth Guide
“Instead of working 60+ hours a week (which has been proven to be useless) you should be learning how to allocate your time, energy and attention so that you can work smarter, not harder.” –

How to actually work a 4 day week
“A few years back, I started obsessing over productivity. Things like sleeping more than seven hours or getting up late and getting stuck in traffic seemed like wasted time. These situations could be controlled, but instead they were reducing my productivity.” –

The cult of productivity is preventing you from being productive
“I’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of years thinking about how to be more productive. As a graduate student and freelancer, there’s no one telling me what to do, and no (immediate) consequences if I spend all day procrastinating. But gradually, through trying different techniques, tricks, and systems, I’ve found ways to procrastinate less and get more done.” –


29 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2016
“After someone asked me in a recent Founder Friday what books I’d recommend, I wanted to do a post about the best books for entrepreneurs. These are the top 29 entrepreneur books I’d recommend, broken out into categories.” –

Remote Working

Why Working From The Beach in Bali is the New Cool
“Ask yourself a question. If you didn’t have to go to work today, get dressed in that uncomfortable office attire, fight the traffic or go through a hectic same day-to-day commute, to sit at your desk while you complete that stressful project. If that wasn’t a key requirement of making a living and putting food on the table, would you still do it?” – by Georgi Georgiev on

Lifestyle Design

Science Says You Should Quit Your Demanding, High Paying Job
“Working ever-longer hours to bring in more cash might make your life more comfortable, but it isn’t going to make you happy. Instead, we should value our time as the precious resource it is. That, says a new study published in the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.” –

Can you make everyday feel like Saturday?
“We’re happiest on Saturdays at 7:26pm. At least that’s what this survey found. Yet while the exact time of 7:26pm seems strange, there have been multiple studies to back up that people are generally happier on weekends.” –

Personal Development

How to Learn: The 80–20 Rule Applied to Learning.
“Learning is when you use something from your memory. It’s not when you read a non-fiction book, attend a lecture, or watch a documentary. It’s when you use knowledge.” –

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.
“Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it’s even harder. How do you move forward? If you don’t purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve — without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know it, you’ll be old and withered — wondering where all that time went.” – Benjamin Hardy on

What you really mean when you say ‘someday’
“Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually’, just do it and correct the course along the way.” –

Other cool stuff

Life Lessons From an 80 Year Old Man
1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. … –

Book Recommendation

Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact (The 99U Book Series)
This is the perfect book to start the new year. Covering topics from defining your purpose to leading teams, building a product to serving customers, this book is required reading for managers and business owners alike.

Packed with actionable ideas and helpful case studies from the world’s leaders in business, Make Your Mark will inspire you to do things differently and “make a dent in the universe.”


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