The Helping-Others Edition Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Apple Distinguished Educator Mike Lang Draws Blueprint For Change In Las Vegas, by Apple

“My hope for all my students is that they see and consider themselves as citizens of the world who are responsible for helping others be successful,” Lang says. This month, Lang initiated a three-part project with his kindergarten and first grade students to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and instill a sense of civic duty in them. “That’s the ultimate goal: We want people who are going to be informed, passionate, patriotic in the true sense of that word, and who are going to be empathetic.”

Apple Partners With The King Center On 'Challenge For Change' Educational Initiative, by AppleInsider

Apple on Monday partnered with The King Center to launch a second installment of "Challenge for Change," an educational series that urges youth to participate in community service programs.


AirPods Max Battery Drain - Some Say They Empty Overnight, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Some owners are reporting that their headphone battery is draining from 100% to 1% or 0% overnight, even when left inside the official Apple case designed to drop them quickly into ultra-low power mode.

Some M1 Macs Blighted By Fast User Switching Screensaver Bug, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

A growing number of user reports online suggest some of Apple’s M1 Mac models are susceptible to a Fast User Switching bug that spontaneously activates the screensaver and leaves the user unable to dismiss it.

I Tried 4 To-Do List Methods. Here’s What Worked., by Kelsey Alpaio, Harvard Business Review

The “do one thing” method made me feel more productive and in control than the others. But it was really best for completing my most immediate tasks. Moving forward, I’m going to combine it with Todoist, my digital task manager, which is better for scheduling important tasks that are due down the line.

I confess: My verdict is entirely based on my own preferences, strengths, and flaws. No one method is really better than the other — what works for you will depend on your own quirks, habits, and what you’re trying to accomplish. So experiment! And make sure to leave some blank space on your calendar to relax. (Burnout is real.)

Bottom of the Page

I do not know what this year will bring, and I am wary of looking forward to any form of normality for this year.

Instead, what I am trying to do is to look towards to five years from now. I hope I still have my physical health, and I hope I am not too bad financially. But I think I may have a better mental health and a happier outlook to life. And in order for that to happen, I need to start to figure out a way to move to that state now.

And that's something I can look forward to.

(We may still have to wear a mask whenever we go out, but at least, underneath that mask, I'll smile more.)


Thanks for reading.