📚 The Time-Block Plannner by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Newport’s method is not new, but the planner summarizes it well and provides a good structure for executing it.
The physical product is less fit for purpose (page size, binding, paper), so practicing here and moving elsewhere.
I still have a ways to go, but did some good work on my Resilient booklist this morning.
Coping with Covid a writeup at Resilient
Thinking about the confluence of quarantine, Lent, spring break, climate change, & other events.
What have you been learning and evaluating about your rhythms, habits, priorities, & schedule? Are you finding things that weren’t necessary, aligned with your values, etc.?
What’s been harder? What’s been easier? What’s important to you?
📚 Finished Deep Work by Cal Newport ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I started Cal Newport’s 📚 Deep Work and it has me pondering something.
As expected (since I really enjoyed Digital Minimalism), though I have just started, I am appreciating the book. However, his early focus on productivity is concerning to me. Often, we think of productivity as the One True Measurement ™ of success, and I’m not sure that’s right.
While effectiveness (towards whatever goal(s) you set) is important, it leaves out factors such as quality, value, repeatability, learning, etc. You could argue that we should build those into the measurements of productivity, but I’d argue we often don’t.
Perhaps my disagreement is due to me being philosophically less of a consequentialist and more of a deontologist or virtue ethicist. In my way of thinking, it’s better to do right with less immediate output than to crank out good output that may be short-sighted.
What about you?
edited to add: Cal addresses this a somewhat when he gets into “busyness” being a (bad) proxy for “productivity”.
Another great decision-making question from James Clear’s newsletter:
“Will this cost me time in the future or save me time in the future?”
What are the tech companies that are doing the most harm? What would be your top 5? Here is Slate’s list.
Did you (or are you planning to) engage in an alternative activity to Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Please share. #OptOutside #BuyNothingDay
“Life Tip: when deciding whether to keep something, imagine it as a human friend.” from SMBC
As I read this post about “Calm Technology”, an annoying subscribe popup happened right as I got to the “annoying notifications” spot on the chart. There’s also an obnoxious banner running through the whole article. Unacceptable. Change has to start with oneself.
I had some folks ask for more details about my Digital Declutter experiment. That podcast episode is now up for subscribers of Resilient. #resilient
Confronted with the reality of a monitored world, people make the rational decision to make the best of it. That is not consent.
Another great essay from Maciej #resilient
🔗 Links for Resilience #2. Reading for security, society, sustainability, and self.
My latest Resilient newsletter is out: Links for Resilience, where I share articles, quotes, and comments about security, society, and self.
“countering consumerism must start from more robust secular (or religious) theodicy: the building of meaning structures, communities of meaning, that lie outside the realm of the market; and that offer credible answers to the deep foundational questions that continue to haunt us”
In preparation for my Digital Declutter during lent, I’m paring down the number of people I directly follow on social media to under Dunbar’s Number. This is going to be tough! #DigitalMinimalism
Accurate: Life Online
“Solitude Deprivation: A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your own thoughts and free from input from other minds.”
This morning’s reflection from #BuJo. What does this mean in the #AttentionEconomy ?