💌 IL # 17: Productive Distraction

This week's articles worthy of ~20 minutes of your time investment

Hey there!

This newsletter isn’t industry-specific. This is for those who want to invest time in learning how they can continually improve as human beings.

I started this because I got frustrated with the daily flood of articles of clickbait articles and fake news online. I knew that there are a lot of gems but it was getting too tedious to sift through.

Internet browsing can be like a treasure hunt. Whenever I see something that might resonate with a friend or a group of friends, I’d share it with them. I’d often flood my husband’s WhatsApp with links. Although I don’t think he read or watched everything!

I noticed that the articles I shared were often about creativity and personal growth. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like so (like the internet boyband database or the history of the graham cracker in this issue). But in my head, it’s a form of cross-pollination.

That’s why I thought of creating Invested Learner. From doing this small newsletter, a lot of new projects are emerging and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you soon.

The format might change a little but it will still have the same mission of empowering lifelong learners to always be beta!

I hope you’ll stick with me. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the weekly articles and you can buy me a coffee if you want to!


Here are this week’s articles:

🧘🏻‍♀️The importance of downtime: 5 science-backed benefits and exercises | Yigit | 🕰 7 minutes

Downtime is as important as doing deep work. Here are some scientific reasons why.

🙇‍♀️ The Memory Code: how oral cultures memorise so much information | Duane Hamacher | 🕰 3 minutes

How did our ancestors pass on facts way before publishing and Google?

🚷 The Power of Anti-Goals. How I designed my perfect day by fixating on what I hate | Andrew Wilkinson | 🕰 3 minutes

This is a good exercise to do when you're still unclear with your goals or when you feel you're not accomplishing anything.

👨‍🎨 Why You Own an iPad and Still Can't Draw | Maggie Appleton | 🕰 4 minutes

Yowch. Kind of guilty of this one 😅 This is a good reminder that you don't need to have the perfect tools to start practicing a skill. Btw, I've always admired Ms. Appleton's website! 🤩


Which article resonated with you the most?

Always learning with you, 

Bituin 💫