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1. TWO IMPORTANT THINGS! Firstly, I got tired of moaning about 2016 and decided to be positive and proactive about 2017 instead. Then I made some stuff. MAKE IT WORK 2017 is a set of seven (!) original, downloadable, printable worksheets that will help you plan for a focused, productive, and lucrative year ahead. Get yours HERE.

2. Secondly, I'm hosting a very intimate group goal-setting session in a private room at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch on December 29th. Let's review the year gone by, make plans for the year ahead (using the Make It Work 2017 worksheets, obv) and eat snacks along the way. There are only a dozen tickets available - act fast and get yours now.

3. I've been thinking a lot about the balance between labour, leisure, and rest recently. This article on 'the outwork myth' was fuel for my thoughts.

4. Speaking of which... I'm looking forward to checking out 'Rest', a new book from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang that makes an argument for 'Why You Get More Done When You Work Less'. Read Arianna Huffington's review of Pang's thesis that 'rest not only makes us more productive and more creative, but also makes our lives “richer and more fulfilling”' in The New York Times.

5. On the other end of the spectrum (and also from The New York Times) - a fascinating insight into the unique working culture of Japan, where the language "has a word for “death from overwork” because it needs one."

6. Craving a digital detox? Aren't we all. I absolutely love the plan of action that my friend (and the designer of our first ever pop-up space!) Adi Goodrich shared on IG yesterday. What's your POA?

7. Before you take one, though - save a load of Long Read's Story Picks of the Year to your iPad (or print them out, if you're really going for it).

8. Solange on Fallon is a festive dreamWhat a year this woman has had.

9. Should we work on ourselves – or on the world? The School of Life asks (and offers fresh, satisfying perspectives on) the big questions, as always.

10. More important than any of this: Seven things you can do to help Aleppo.

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