Daily Gleanings (7 May 2019)

Doist provides a “complete guide to deep work.” The essay is mainly geared toward summarizing the advice of Cal Newport’s Deep Work with some additional insertions from Digital Minimalism.

Both books are definitely worth reading. But Doist’s essay is a thorough crash course on the basics.


Douglas Estes offers some helpful reflections on perfectionism, especially as it affects academic writing.

On perfectionism and writing, see also Ryder Carroll’s pithy analysis of perfectionism versus failure.

Daily Gleanings (6 May 2019)

“There’s a huge wonderland between failure and perfection—and that’s reality.” – Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal

Of course, we should strive for excellence in whatever we do. But we also shouldn’t let the quixotic quest for perfection prevent us from finishing. Yes, that paper, that book, that article will have flaws. But has the opportunity to be much more useful to many more people once it’s in print than it ever will if it only ever lives on your computer while you endlessly try to remove its flaws.


The Journal of Greco-Roman Judaism and Christianity has posted four new essays to the 2018 volume: