Kickoff For December 13, 2021

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.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


Create a Place for Everything That Matters, wherein Leo Babauta discusses having physical and mental spaces for everything that’s worthwhile in our lives.

Productivity Systems Fatigue Me, wherein James Bedford explains how he got sucked down the black hole of trying to find the best productivity tool, but decided to go back to basics.

Time management has become harder than ever — and we should be grateful, wherein Brad Aeon argues that our problems with time management have a lot do with choice and freedom, choice and freedom that we didn’t have 30 or even 20 years ago.


Students who grew up with search engines might change STEM education forever, wherein we learn that, in the minds of today’s students, concepts like files and folders have been replaced by search and one big directory, and how that might change the way in which organizing digital data will look in the future.

Beyond Smart Rocks, wherein Karen Ingram looks at efforts to replace silicon-based computers with something more sustainable (and biological).

Virtual Reality Is the Rich White Kid of Technology, wherein we learn that after decades of development and billions of dollars invested, virtual reality still hasn’t matched the hype or the expectations around it, and yet companies still keep investing in the technology.

Odds and Ends

Invisible Loyalty, wherein Jan Morris pens a love letter to her native Wales, a country that cartographers tried to fold into England in the early 2000s.

Why Tokyo Works, wherein we learn how a city of tens of millions seems to operate smoothly thanks to the very different way in which the city is designed and zoned.

The Secrets of The World’s Greatest Freediver, wherein we’re taken into the sport of freediving, discover the approach of its top competitor, Alexey Molchanov, and get a glimpse into his visions of the future of the sport.

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

Scott Nesbitt