Posted on May 22, 2013 by LJ Earnest
One of the things that has happened in the past few years is that magazines have crept back into my life. At one point I had cancelled all subscriptions except one. Yet when I looked around last weekend, I found seven different magazines in my to-read pile.
I can’t keep up with this many magazines, which is why I have a to-read pile.
Clearly this has gotten out of hand. I need to add print media to my media diet.
Posted on May 20, 2013 by LJ Earnest
I was doing the standard morning commute, listening to Stever Robbins talk about being disconnected when something he said brought me to full attention.
Stever said that being connected all the time had made him sloppy.
I began to wonder if being connected made me sloppy, too.
Posted on May 17, 2013 by LJ Earnest
On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings — my open loops — to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I talk about adjusting a laptop’s connection to the internet, catching paint drips, not smashing fingers while hammering, preparing for a stolen iPhone, and life drama.
Posted on May 15, 2013 by LJ Earnest
They’re all over the place on the web: give us your email address, and we’ll send you a great free something and a newsletter. I know this, and I do it myself.
It also happens in paper: give a charitable organization some money, and suddenly you are getting a paper newsletter or magazine.
But what happens when you realize that you are inundated?
Posted on May 13, 2013 by LJ Earnest
Between the dings, the buzzing, the whirs and the beeps, reminders are everywhere. Each one of them shouts, “Look at me!” And unless we are very careful (or single-minded in ignoring them), each one of those reminders has the potential to pull us off track…
Even if a reminder pulls us out of our chain of though for only a moment, it will take much longer to get back to where we were, due to the cognitive penalty we pay as our brain switches gears.
So what’s a modern person to do in the face of these distractions? By streamlining reminders.
Posted on May 10, 2013 by LJ Earnest
On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings — my open loops — to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I talk about escalating anger, life lessons, grocery store meltdowns, procrastination, toxic people, stress, Swiffers, personal deadlines, today, printable specialty papers, wearing socks to fall asleep, and Pringles potato chips.
Posted on May 8, 2013 by LJ Earnest
As I recently wrote, I have been working to pare down how much information I have coming into my life. I was taking in so much and it was becoming less and less valuable as I struggled to keep up with everything coming at me.
So I have gone on a media diet. I have been paring online information intake. Today’s article will show you how I got my online sources purged and to a reasonable level.
Posted on May 6, 2013 by LJ Earnest
I am always on the lookout for new time management pieces to slot into my current system. When Francis Wade emailed me and asked me to read and review Bill’s Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure: A Business Fable, I thought why not?