Freshly Picked: Weekly Link Roundup Aug 5, 2016

We round up the best links we’ve clicked on this week.

Newsy and Resourceful

Appcues: The 10 Best Product Launch Emails That Reengage Users
“Too many great products have flopped because of a lousy release. After all the work their teams poured into the product, product managers often treat the launch email as an afterthought.” (read)

Buffer: Take Back Your Time With These 10 Ready-Made Spreadsheet Templates (And Our Top Tips and Time-Savers)
“spreadsheets are not always easy. Finding or building the right ones and figuring out how best to use them can be time-consuming tasks. We’d love to help.” (read)

Washington Post on Medium: Instagram was for your best self, Snapchat for everything else. Now? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
“With stories, Instagram — which is owned by Facebook — is now encouraging you to share anything and everything to a vertical slide show for friends. Add text, maybe even a doodle, and within 24 hours the story will disappear. If this sounds like Snapchat, you are correct.” (read)

Joanna Ngai on Medium: 5 Books Every UX Designer Should Read
“UX is an expansive field which requires knowledge of a variety of traditional design disciplines as well as other related industries. One rule of thumb is to have an open mind toward learning and expand your field of view as a designer — and gain new insights into a field that is active and changing.” (read)


Lifehacker: Instead of Work-Life Balance, Try Focusing on Boundaries
“Develop a boundary-setting practice, and you’ll wonder why anyone is still talking about work-life balance.” (read)

Billfold on Medium: The Hustle Is Glamorized, Criminalized — Anything But Understood
“Hustling is also misunderstood because it falls short when measured against the yardstick of a full-time job.” (read)

ProPublica: Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World
“In many cases, you can change the defaults yourself. For example, designer David Kadavy suggests rearranging the icons on the home screen of your smartphone – strategically. The trick is to bring forward the apps you want to use the most, not the ones you already use the most. As Kadavy puts it: “If you design your world to make it hard to do things that are bad for you, and easy to do things that are good for you, your behavior will shape to that design.” (read)

Psychology Today: What Stress Can Do for You
“Without stress in our lives—without those (perceived or even artificial) signature moments that punctuate our comfort-seeking daily lives—we wouldn’t have leaps and peaks. ” (read)

By / Featuring FreshBooks

MarketingProfs: Brand Admiration and the Power of Love: Build a Brand That People Adore
“Because of just one email, I fell in love with everything FreshBooks stood for, and I became a customer for life.” (read)

A Little Levity ?

Priceonomics: The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman
“An exercise proposed by [Marilyn] vos Savant to better understand the problem was soon integrated in thousands of classrooms across the nation.” (read)

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