Archive for June, 2012

Internet to the rescue!

I don’t know if you saw recently, but there’s this video floating around of a middle school bus monitor getting verbally abused to the point of tears. It’s pretty depressing stuff – but it’s not all bad. In light of the shit she had to put up with, a campaign was started to send her on the vacation of a lifetime. People from around the world rallied together and have pledged to send her $650k on Indie Gogo (at the time of this post). If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is. Seriously… it’s making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The citizens of the Internet – sometimes trolls online, usually superheroes IRL.

Promise to do more of what you love?

If you’re a fan of productivity – ugh, let’s not call it that… finding ways to spend time doing what you love, you’re probably familiar with the costs of switching and how batching your tasks is totally the way to get shit done.

But like a lot of things, even when we know better, we don’t always take action. We need reminders. That’s why I wanted to share this guide by Jared Goralnick on minimizing email/social media use to spend time on more important things. It’s been a battle for me (new messages are proven crack – consult science), so I’m guessing at least a few of you are familiar with the struggle.

I won’t go in depth (seriously just trust me, it’s quality besides the lame clip art), but advice like killing off notifications and not using email as a task list are solid recommendations on keeping yourself in check. The thing that stuck with me the most though is how researchers now say becoming an expert isn’t a matter of being a genius, it’s being able to focus. Maybe you’re already an ace, but why sacrifice your gift and any creative potential all because you couldn’t concentrate?

Note: This guide was actually a complimentary copy for Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich readers, so check out Ramit’s non-bs personal finance and career advice (that’s helped me a ton too). That way, if he sees this, I’m not the subject of one of his hilarious rants on what’s wrong with America.

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