Unstuck Newsletter #004 (March-18-2020)

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Hello internet friends,

Welcome to Unstuck. A weekly newsletter where I yell at people to grab a book and ditch social media. If you have friends who are interested in improving their daily existence, send them over on this page to register.

The time has come. This week, besides the latest book summary, I’ll include links to resources that aim to help you protect yourself and your family from the pandemic that threatens to ruin existence as we know it.

Covid-19, in under 2 months, reached every country on this planet and it’s foolish to ignore the advice from the healthcare organizations. Therefore, stay at home, consume plenty of vitamins, and wash your hands like a madman.

On the bright side, hopefully, you’ll be spending more time at home. Which means that you’ll have more time at your disposal. Use it. Learn a new skill. Exercise. Plan ahead. Read more. Stay connected with friends and family members online. And most importantly, don’t despair. We will prevail. We will get through this and we’ll be stronger in the end.

I hope that the articles below will help you stay safe, inspire and inform you, and also help you use best the time we have now in front of us.

And as you’ve probably heard at least a thousand times, don’t go out unless absolutely necessary.

Book Summary:

  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: If you feel lost, unhappy, and surrounded by lunatics, it’s probably a good idea to read Meditations. In this short read, you’ll find the reflections of Marcus Aurelius – the great Roman emperor. Access to his daily thoughts where he tried to make sense of the world.


  • Sustained Attention: The Key Cognitive Mechanism to Boost Your Productivity: Life is about paying attention. It’s not simply what you do, it’s towards where you direct your thoughts. I know, it’s hard these days to concentrate on your work. There’s simply a lot going on around us. Still, try to distract yourself at least for a bit to give yourself a mental break. Hopefully, this article will help you.

Weekly Finds:

  • Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially And How To Flatten The Curve: Simplified simulation of a virus spreading to understand why we all need to work from home. This particular article is free on Washington post. Simply hit the Browse Now free button to read it.
  • Joe Rogan talking to Michael Osterholm: Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He actually wrote a book a couple of years ago predicting that something similar to the coronavirus will happen – it’s kind of scary. If you haven’t already, watch/listen to the conversation to see what you can do to protect yourself.
  • A document I stumbled upon recently that outlines everything you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak. From what are the symptoms, to how we can flatten the curve.

I know, there are plenty of other articles and resources about the coronavirus but, as always, I want to keep this short and informative. I carefully selected the above three because they’re easier to digest and cover a lot of ground.

That’s it from me this week.

Stay safe!

Ivaylo Durmonski

P.S. I didn’t plan to write about the coronavirus but times are tough. We need to spread the important news and do our best to mitigate the threat. This means staying at home. Canceling everything. Exercising and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.

I really hope you’re all OK and safe.