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My original plan for this week's newsletter was to write a big, reported feature about a meaty topic. It was an ambitious plan, given that I moved flat this week and was also going away for a long weekend (I’m actually on holiday as you read this). Come Wednesday I realised that while I could just about pull off writing that piece, it would be painful. So instead I chose to take the path of least resistance.
Taking the path of least resistance is a mantra I've come to live by recently. Just like water will always flow down the quickest way, I try to take the route with the fewest obstacles. This means seeking to remove the things that cause unnecessary difficulty in my life. If a project is becoming too stressful, the path of least resistance takes me away from it.
There's a fine line between taking the path of least resistance and getting away with the bare minimum. The former is an intentional commitment to simplifying your life, while the latter is done without care or attention. So today's newsletter isn't that in-depth reported feature, but there will come a day soon when writing it will come easily.
C O O L S T U F F
How to turn existing clients into regular work
: All of August I'm running an exclusive series for TPF members on finding regular work. This week's post is a three-step guide to turning existing clients into regular work 🎙
On the podcast this week
, we chatted to Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow – the pair behind the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend – about working with friends.
The Reading List
Michelle Lhooq’s reporting on autonomous zones
The Wall Street Journal’s Making It Work newsletter
Amelia Tait on the pressure to create great art
Nigel Slater’s work-from-home lunches
How to make a good impression on phone interviews
Simon Jenkins on the death of the institution of the office
Three ways the workforce will change beyond recognition
Alicia Keys on Brené Brown’s Unlocking Us podcast
What happens to your body when you take naps every day
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