Kickoff For June 11, 2018

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I’ve found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

Can’t believe I turned 51 last week. It’s been a blur, this thing call my life. A lot of good mixed with quite a bit of OK, and some bad thrown in there just to keep me on my toes. I have to say, though, that I have fewer than six regrets in my life and none of them major or potentially life altering. Not bad …

Enough of that. Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


The Apology Tour, wherein writer Jonny Auping chronicles his efforts to make amends with everyone he’s slighted over the years, and their (and his) reactions to that effort.

Hōshi: A Short Documentary on the 1300-Year-Old Hotel Run by the Same Japanese Family for 46 Generations, wherein we learn about the second oldest hotel in the world, located in Komatsu, Japan, and the struggles of the owners to maintain the family tradition in the face of one younger member who wants to go her own way.

Twitter threats: shocking – but no longer shocking, wherein Stig Abell argues that social media companies really need to do more to protect their users from abuse.


10 Things You Should Avoid as a New Writer, wherein some traps neophyte writers can fall into are exposed, and how and why you should dodge them.

5 Formulas To Write 500 Words A Day, wherein we learn some solid strategies that can help you build and maintain a writing habit.

Forget Storytelling, wherein entrepreneur Nate Kontny points out that you don’t always need to tell a story with everything you do, and that the storytelling mindset can hold you back.


Mental Resiliency: Letting Go of the Guilt of Not Getting Things Done, wherein Leo Babauta explains that not being hyper-productive isn’t a bad thing and that you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you’re not.

4 Tips to Quit Multitasking and Focus on Getting More Done, wherein we learn that multitasking doesn’t work and a few strategies that can help us focus on one task at a time.

How to Achieve Your Goals with Any Task Management System, wherein we learn something I’ve been saying for years: you are the key to achieving your goals and getting things done, not some app or software or high-end notebook and pen.

And that’s it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt