Here’s How I Complete My To-Do List Every Day


I read numerous articles about why to-do lists supposedly don’t work at all, why they work but I’m doing them wrong, and how to make them work.

I tried various methods over the course of the week and found that no one article I read had the exact advice I needed to finish my daily to-do lists like a pro.

But by using advice from various experts, I came up with a to-do list workflow that works for me. By the end of the week, I was completing everything on my to-do list every day. And I did it by making four simple changes to the way I to-do’d.

Source: Here’s How I Complete My To-Do List Every Day

How Alaska fixed Obamacare | Vox


Last year, Alaska’s Obamacare marketplaces seemed on the verge of implosion. Premiums for individual health insurance plans were set to rise 42 percent. State officials worried that they were on the verge of a “death spiral,” where only the sickest people buy coverage and cause rates to skyrocket year after year.

So the state tried something new and different — and it worked. Lori Wing-Heier, Alaska’s insurance commissioner, put together a plan that had the state pay back insurers for especially high medical claims submitted to Obamacare plans.

This lowered premiums for everyone. In the end, the premium increase was a mere 7 percent.

Source: How Alaska fixed Obamacare – Vox

The System I Used to Write 5 Books and Over 1,000 Blog Posts


I’d get up early, brew my coffee, and sit down to write. And I’d wait. And wait. And I’d wait for the words to come, but nothing would come quickly. Some days, nothing would come at all …

I began breaking those activities — ideation, creation, and editing — into three separate actions. And you know what? When you have one goal to accomplish, you are far more productive and focused than when you have three.

As I did this, writing became easier and easier. I started writing more.

Source: The System I Used to Write 5 Books and Over 1,000 Blog Posts

A Real Estate Boom, Powered by Pot | The New York Times


Legalized marijuana has already upset societal norms, created a large legal gray area and generated a lucrative source of tax revenue. Now it is upending the real estate market, too.

In the more than two dozen states that have moved to legalize pot, factories, warehouses and self-storage facilities are being repurposed for the cultivation and processing of potent marijuana plants and products.

Suburban strip malls and Beaux-Arts buildings have been reimagined as storefronts selling pre-rolled joints and edibles.

Source: A Real Estate Boom, Powered by Pot – The New York Times

TIME’s 20 Most Successful Technology Failures of All Time | Time.com


Cutting-edge products may die an embarrassing death, but they often also lay the groundwork for better, more well-timed ideas that flourish later on.

This is a list of failures, yes, but failures that led to success or may yet still lead to something world-changing …

Source: TIME’s 20 Most Successful Technology Failures of All Time | Time.com

How to extend expertise, skills and performance without hiring | CIO New Zealand


Gartner has identified nine practices that will help your business close the gap between the demand and supply of expertise without hiring.

  1. Institutionalize communities of practice as social fabric
  2. Elevate IT competency models for digital business
  3. Reward people’s ingenuity in using personal technology to boost performance
  4. Uncover hidden talent and expertise through competitions
  5. Intentionally design a bench of versatilists
  6. Invest in workforce analytics to take the guesswork out of people decisions
  7. Assemble SWAT teams through global expertise ecosystems
  8. Master organizational innovation
  9. Investigate AI and machine learning to augment or displace activities and roles

Source: How to extend expertise, skills and performance without hiring – CIO New Zealand

100 cities million opportunities | Business Line

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The Center proposes to develop 100 smart cities over the next five years with overall budgetary plan of about ₹1,00,000 crore ($14.73B). It will be investing ₹100 crore ($14.73m) every year for the next five years in each of the short-listed 100 cities.

Additionally, it will spend nearly ₹50,000 crore ($7.36B) under the AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme over the next five years.

Its investments — which are just the tip of the iceberg — will be routed through special purpose vehicles (SPV), floated in each of these cities. On an average, it currently holds about 20 per cent in such SPVs, for the 60 short-listed cities.

Another 80 per cent of funding will come from the State government, PPP (Public Private Partnership), existing Central or State schemes, loans and other sources. In all, about ₹5,00,000 crore of project investments is expected from SCM (Smart City Mission), according to Jones Lang Lasalle — opening a door of big opportunity for the private sector.

Most of the projects, about 85 per cent, are area-centered projects.

Source: 100 cities million opportunities | Business Line

Self-Sustaining Bacteria Could Yield New Energy


Researchers placed a mixed culture of phototrophic and heterotrophic bacteria in a cell chamber about one-fifth the size of a teaspoon. Phototrophic bacteria use sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to make its own energy, while heterotrophic bacteria must feed on provided organic matter or phototrophic bacteria to survive.

While the cell was exposed to sunlight, an initial dose of food was added to the chamber to stimulate growth of the heterotrophic bacteria. Through cellular respiration, the heterotrophic bacteria produced carbon dioxide waste that was used by the phototrophic bacteria to kick start the symbiotic cycle.

Source: Self-Sustaining Bacteria Could Yield New Energy

Let’s Stop Pretending Christianity is Actually Relevant, Okay?


I’m excited the North American church is dying. Christians not having the influence we once had in the 1900s gives me great hope.

For the past 100 years we’ve had a lot of cultural converts. Everyone is a Christian because they grew up in Texas. Or they go to church. Or their mom and dad raised them that way. Hell, according to the U.S. census 70% of Americans identify as “Christian.”

But the vast majority of those responses are nothing more than cultural identification, not Christianity. I imagine that’s why so many people despise Christians. Their belief is cultural, and no one intends to follow the man they claim governs their life, so we end up this giant homogenous blob of hypocrites that judge and condemn people, instead of looking like they did in 165 AD.

Source: Let’s Stop Pretending Christianity is Actually Relevant, Okay?

The sixth scenario


Europe lacks a statesman whose platform would be “I am a European.”

Who would sell to Europeans the dream of making Europe – not great again – just making Europe. Who could say what great things “we Europeans could do if we stood together.”

And say it to the Germans, the French, the Dutch, the Slovenians and so on. It seems the founding fathers in the 1950s were able to do so but then this art was lost.

Source: The sixth scenario