What do you do with unsolicited emails? Ignore them? Delete them? Let your spam filter swallow them? What if you were to reply to them?
That’s exactly what I did in October 2009. Fed up of people wasting my time sending me emails about search engine optimisation opportunities, or who wanted to place adverts and guest posts on this blog, instead of rolling my eyes, tutting loudly and deleting them, I wrote back.
Over the last few years I have read mostly business, productivity and agile-related books that have helped me at work. This year, I have made it a priority to try to read more and to read more widely, from a variety of genres.
Last night I finished reading The Fear Bubble by former Special Boat Service (SBS) operator Ant Middleton.
Although I now subscribe to the 12 Week Year approach to planning , one of my overall goals for 2020 is to read more.
I’ve got the year off to a good start reading Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, the team behind the popular Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.
I came across this ages ago and it’s stuck with me ever since. Apart from the actually remembering the order of the words bit.
Which is kind of important. But I guess I could work it out because, after all, it’s something we know but don’t know we know until we do it.
It’s from this passage from The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth about how to order adjectives:
Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac. It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out.
Look! I’ve written it out.
Oh, alright, I’ve copied and pasted it. I’m going to write it out now: