Playful Productivity Newsletter

by Caelan Huntress

🎲 Gamify your work to improve your capacity, team culture, and collaboration skills. The Playful Productivity Newsletter is a weekly column on how you can get more done in 😃 good cheer. Written by an 🇺🇸 American digital nomad living in 🇳🇿 New Zealand, Caelan started his career as an acrobat in the circus. 🎪 He wrote the book on Marketing Yourself 📙 and is on a mission to help one million people develop a playful attitude about life. ✨

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Tall Poppies can see farther, before they are cut down.

Hello Reader, I want to share with you a theory I have about tall poppies. What happens to tall poppies? Tall poppies get … cut down. Tall Poppy Syndrome is a cultural belief in New Zealand, where I now live. There’s a lot of resistance when people see others daring to raise themselves up above...
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1 day ago • 3 min read

Choose Your Character in the Game of Life

Hello Reader, The singer Beyoncé Knowles has an alter-ego she calls Sasha Fierce. When she was young in her career, and nervous about a big show, she would internally decide it was not Beyoncé going onstage, it was Sasha Fierce. This character was brave, and strong, and confident. Assuming this...
8 days ago • 6 min read

Breakthrough Results with a Business Coach

Hello Reader, One of my coaching clients surpassed her revenue goal last month. She started August believing that her $30k goal was impossible, and wanted to avoid thinking about it. But every week, we reviewed that goal, and renewed her commitment to (attempting to) achieve it. A few times, she...
16 days ago • 2 min read

Internet advice goes stale. Don't trust it.

Hello Reader, Internet advice goes stale, but that doesn't mean it goes away. You could be following advice that worked great 5 years ago, but it's no longer working. This is something I find frequently in my work as a marketer. Because I'm in the trenches, testing tactics, I can see what's...
29 days ago • 2 min read

What makes teamwork really work? #TeamHabits

Hello Reader, This week, my friend Charlie Gilkey is launching a new book, Team Habits: How Small Actions Lead to Extraordinary Results. I was a big fan of his first book, Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done. (See my video review here.) Charlie has once again proven his ability to...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Life is a single-player game. How well do you play?

Hello Reader, In the game of life, how well you play determines your success. Every day is another round, every year is another level, and at the end of the game, it doesn’t matter if you won the high score - all that matters is that you played the game well. There are lots of ways we could look...
about 1 month ago • 7 min read

📙 🎂 My book had a birthday! 🎊 🎉

Hello Reader, This week marks the 1-year anniversary of the publication of my first book, Marketing Yourself. Here's the replay of the Launch Party. During this 45-minute video, recorded last year, you can see: the book covers I (almost) used the 4 levels of a Personal Platform the 4...
about 2 months ago • 2 min read
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Reward Yourself for Inbox Zero

Hello Reader, I was in the middle of mighty-tasking when I had a brilliant idea. This idea had nothing to do with the project I was working on. If I had stopped to tend to this idea properly, it would derail the state of flow I had achieved. I did not want to sacrifice my current project for a...
about 2 months ago • 5 min read
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Twitter > X - the worst rebrand of all time

Hello Reader, The world's richest man wrecked one of the world's most beloved brands. How it started / How it's goingby Midjourney My first reaction was, ‘Is this a joke?’…Honestly, I think it’s idiotic,” said Matt Egan, managing director of strategy at brand experience firm Siegel+Gale. “From a...
2 months ago • 4 min read

From Candyland to Chess: Failing Games to Build Resilience

Hello Reader, I'm just gonna say it: Candyland is a boring game. Candyland art by Midjourney I’ve played this game dozens - maybe hundreds - of times with my own children. We don’t play it anymore, because now that they are older, they agree that it is boring to play. But when they were young,...
2 months ago • 5 min read
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