Benefits of listening to music while you work

Listening to the right music while working has been a tremendous productivity booster for me over the past few years. I have found myself more focused, energized, and optimistic—which allows me to get more done—and keeps me feeling relaxed and present.

While I understand there are musical anhedonics (people who are completely unaffected by music), a 2014 study shows that “the vast majority of human populations find [music] pleasurable.” (Mas-Herrero et al., Current Biology)

The Best Pens for Writing in the Bible

If you're afraid to write in your Bible, don't worry. That's normal. For years, I couldn't fathom marking up “THE BIBLE” but I'm convinced it's the best way to read.

Marking up the text keeps my concentration high. I can see connections more clearly and my focus stays on the page, instead of Twitter or Facebook. When you're ready to write in your Bible, you may notice “typical pens” will either rip the page, or bleed through, making the opposite page hard to read. That's why I purchased a set of Micron .20mm pens.

The Best Legal Pads (Amazon)

In case you didn't know, I enjoy good pens, pencils, and paper. I also enjoy finding the BEST of everything.

I have lots of fancy gear like this and this, but I also enjoy the simplicity of classic tools. So, when I learned that Jerry Seinfeld uses legal pads (video) and blue Bic pens to write his jokes, I remembered how much I loved my Tops 100-Sheet Legal Pads.

Most legal pads are only 50 sheets and have a thin, floppy backing. Not these. These are the best. The back is made from 80 pt extra-sturdy chipboard, which makes it easy to write on your lap, on the couch, or wherever.

I bought these these BEFORE I saw the video, but recently stumbled on it again and remembered how floppy and cheap standard legal pads are. If you're in the market for a strong, hefty, and made in the USA writing pad, try these. There are some negative reviews out there but I disagree with them. These are the best pads I've ever used and I highly recommend them.

Here's Seinfeld talking about writing jokes here:

The Job Security Myth

And how to ensure you’re always employable

I do not believe in job security. Yes, creating income is part of being an adult—but there’s a myth that you need to secure a “real job” to take care of your family and future.

I am writing this post for people who believe they need to work a horrible job, or get a “real job”—instead of doing things they really want to do. If you love your job, you’re probably willing to put up with some of the ‘crap’ that comes with every job. If you hate your job and wish you had more joy working, check this out.

When I say “real job,” I'm talking about the typical jobs accepted by society. Accountants, doctors, teachers and engineers are all jobs people “approve of” if brought up in conversation. They'll always be needed and pay enough to make a living. (supposedly)

“So many people go to the grave with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it time runs out.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

My Favorite Ice Maker

Good ice

My wife, Hope and I LOVE “good ice.” We will travel to Sonic, Chick-Fil-A, or Royal Farms just to be sure we have chewable ice. We love it so much, we decided to get one for the house. In my opinion, it's a bargain. This is not an affiliate link (Which means I DON'T get paid for this…) but check it out.

What do you think?

Question: Is $500 to much for an ice maker? You can leave a comment by clicking here.