The Magnificent Seventh Edition

Hello and welcome to the next edition of the Rivercity Monthly, the newsletter that drops bigger bombs than a Bragelina breakup. As the end of the year creeps closer, this is the time where we remember (and scoff) at the list of goals that we set ourselves at the start of the year. 2016 was our year, we said. Thankfully, it still can be, all we have to do is get stuck in.   

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras thrown into the mix. This edition will focus on routines, something that you either love or hate. So whether you’re someone who can’t live without a diary or planner, or someone who actively lives to avoid a routine at all costs, this edition will be worthwhile. Because reading the Rivercity Monthly every month is definitely a good routine.

Onwards and upwards.

Routine or rut-ine?

I’ll be honest, this past month hasn’t been too exciting. I’ve been kept busy, and I’ve definitely had fun, but nothing really special has happened. But that’s just how it goes sometimes, we simply go day-to-day, week-to-week, and sometimes even month-to-month without a life changing event happening. It’s not necessarily a problem, but some part of you can’t help but think that maybe there’s something more out there. Now I love being in a good routine, not having to overly think anything while still being productive is a sure winner in my books, but is too much routine a bad thing?  

The short answer is that yes, too much routine could put you at a disadvantage. The long answer is that as we embroil ourselves in a routine for long periods of time, our innovation, personal happiness and even our productivity could slowly drop off. This is because we simply become so used to the routine that we learn to get by on autopilot. As tasks are put on autopilot, so is our motivation and creativity, meaning that we often become disenchanted with what we’re doing or our situation.

Dan Scotti’s article explains how a routine in the morning can crush creativity, as well as some other adverse effects of sticking to a routine too rigidly. Conni Biesalski’s writing looks at the definition of a routine, why we stick to them and why we should occasionally break free of them.

Dan Scotti - Science of Structure  

Conni Biesalski - How to Kill Monotony  


Nostalgia can be a beautiful thing. Nothing can turn your day around like an old school banger on the radio, or make a Sunday afternoon more relaxing than kicking back to the Disney movies of your childhood. Nostalgia is a powerful state of mind, and one that can even make you more positive about the future. The below articles by Alissa Roy and Art Markman highlight how studies have found positive correlations between people and nostalgic thinking. And while there’s probably a lot we don’t want to remember about the early 2000s (I’m looking at you frosted tips), who doesn’t drop everything to belt out ‘Hey Ya’ by Outkast when it comes on?

Alissa Roy - The Science of Nostalgia

Art Markman - What Does Nostalgia Do?

Quick-fire Links

Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

100 Life Hacks

Bring Back Boredom

Fun Fact of the Month:

The word ‘ambisinistrous’ is the opposite of ambidextrous. It means, “clumsy or unskilled with both hands”.