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The Monday 6 − December 13, 2021

The Monday 6
The Monday 6 − December 13, 2021
By Kyle Petzinger • Issue #39 • View online
Hi, friend.
FYI, I’ll be skipping next week’s Monday 6, so you won’t hear from me again until after Christmas.
I hope you and yours have a phenomenal holiday.
Here are the 6 for this week:

1. John Cleese Explains How To Have Effective Meetings
In 1976, John Cleese clearly explained 5 principles to running an effective meeting:
  1. Plan - Be clear about why you need the meeting and list the subjects.
  2. Inform - Make sure everyone knows exactly what will be discussed and why.
  3. Prepare - Prepare the time allocation to each item based on its importance, not urgency.
  4. Structure & Control - Stop people jumping ahead or going over old ground.
  5. Summarize & Record - Summarize all decisions and record them with the name of the person responsible.
John Cleese's 5-step plan to have shorter and better meetings - from 1976!
John Cleese's 5-step plan to have shorter and better meetings - from 1976!
2. Another Way To Bypass Paywalls
Back in July (#6), I shared an extension to bypass paywalls on news sites. While I still use this, there are a few limitations:
  1. It’s only available on desktop
  2. It requires manual installation of an extension, which is not super easy to do. is a tool that simply leverages cached versions of pages that are indexable by search engines.
You can use a few separate ways:
  1. Append before any paywalled URL you come across. E.g.
  2. Visit and enter the URL you’re trying to view manually
  3. If you’re on iOS, install the iOS Shortcut to make it available easily on your phone.
As I mentioned last time I shared a way around paywalls, I encourage paying for quality journalism. But it’s hard for me to justify starting a subscription to
Show me a 10ft paywall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder.
3. Everything About Disney's FastPass System You Could Possibly Want To Know
Did I watch a 1 hour, 45 minute-long YouTube documentary on the Disney FastPass system? Yes, yes I did.
Honestly, it was fascinating.
Disney's FastPass: A Complicated History
Disney's FastPass: A Complicated History
4. See The Washington Post From Your Birthday
The Washington Post has a tool that lets you pull up the front page of the paper from your birthday called “My Front Page”.
Don’t worry, this part of the Washington Post isn’t paywalled. 😉 You do have to sign up for a free Washington Post account, though.
Here’s what my front page looks like:
Birthday front page - The Washington Post
5. An Excel Influencer
This story (which is just a transcripted podcast interview) is pretty fascinating.
Kat Norton goes by miss.excel on TikTok and Instagram and has amassed a massive following for her Excel tip videos. Aside from finding many of her videos helpful, Kat herself is more interesting to me.
Kat monetizes her content differently from most ‘influencers’ by selling full-featured Excel (and other) training courses. Her content on social media serves as the gateway to her paid products. And she’s making a killing doing so; up to $100K per day.
Kat is also super into ‘manifestation’ and ‘energy transfer’ concepts. The way she speaks is frankly bizarre to me, but I also couldn’t stop listening. 😵
I work on myself and raise my energy to a place where I’m coming across correctly on the platforms to make people happy. People want to watch things that raise their vibration. People want to watch things that make them happy and give them energy and inspire them.
Anyway, give it a read or listen.
How an Excel TikToker manifested her way to making six figures a day
6. Built-In Reminder Twitter Bot
As COVID-19 has unfolded over the past ~2 years, I’ve leaned more and more on Twitter for direct access to content from leading scientists, epidemiologists, virologists, data scientists, and more. Whenever we’re on the cusp of something new (e.g. Omicron) and start to see predictions floated out into the world, I use the Twitter bot “Remind Me Of This” to see how accurate or inaccurate a prediction was.
Using @RemindMe_OfThis is easy: Just reply to any Tweet, mention @RemindMe_OfThis, then give a period of time when you want to be reminded.
Example. Here’s an original Tweet I found:
1 of 6:

#Omicron - Is this the end of the pandemic?

No restrictions will be needed to protect hospitals in any way in any country.

Gauteng, South Africa has peaked with case levels similar to Delta, but with deaths expected to be 25 times lower.
And here’s how I invoked @RemindMe_OfThis:
Finally, here’s the confirmation you’ll receive from the tool:
Remind me of this tweet
@kylepetz Noted.📝 Your reminder will be on Sunday, 23 January 2022 at 12:00 GMT+0000.

If I got your time wrong, try setting your timezone at
That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. 😊 See you next week!
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