What’s the value of social media

There’s an infinite selection of activities in the world that might bring some value. If you insist on labeling every activity avoided as value lost, then no matter how frantically you fill your time, it’s unavoidable that the final tally of your daily experience will be infinitely negative.

On Digital Minimalism – Study Hacks – Cal Newport

A very compeling argument, why one should limit/drop use of social media.

What to do with a paper notebook

In an earlier post I shared couple links which outline why you need a paper notebook. Now that hopefully you have one I’ve listed few more posts which will give you an idea what to do it and how to use it.

  1. Keep paper notebook
  2. My first Baron Fig
  3. An Illustrated Guide to Using the Sh*t Out of Your Notebook
  4. How to Use a Simple Pocket Notebook to Change Your Life
  5. My GTD “Get Things Done” Moleskine Setup

Obviously these reflect other people ideas and circumstances to make the paper notebook become part of your every day carry you need to find your own uses.

Experiment, test and refine.

Why you need a paper notebook

A lot of people I admire and follow and learn from use some sort of notebook of regular basis.

These posts came across my radar recently I thought it would be worth sharing them as they nicely show why it’s worth having one.:

  1. Why Should you always carry a notebook

  2. Why I keep a paper notebook and you should to

  3. The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook

I’ve been carrying a number of notebooks for last few years and experimented with different formats. I found that pocket size works best when it’s relatively thin say 40-60 pages tops and used for quick capture of ideas on the go. The larger size (13 x 21 cm / 5 x 8.25 in) works better for notebooks with more than 100 pages and suits to planning and writing.

These are my observations you best bet is to try and see what works for you.

Build it gradually

I’ve been listening to some old episodes of Weekly Briefly podcast. The episode I really likes was (Lifestyle Practices)[http://weeklybriefly.net/lifestyle-practices/].

The point that hit home with me was the idea of turning a long term commitment into a series of short term ones and gradually increasing the lengh of each interval. This is very simple approach but gives you an opportunity to check things out and reduces the psychological burden of making a huge commitment.

I practice this works as follows:

  • select something you want to implement.

  • get very excited and decide that it’s a thing you want to do.

  • so rather than jump head first and crash an burn take it easier.

  • set to do the thing for 30 days first.

  • see how it goes, can you do it? is it the thing you expected to be. Keep your eyes open and observe your progress.

  • once the 30 days is up. Set another goal for 60 days and keep observing.

  • once that is up set another interval for 90 or 120 days. Once this is done you have stuck with the change you wanted for 7 months.

  • Continue on until you reach 1 year by that time things should be automatic and well established.

  • one more added benefit of using interval

**Good way to apply and execute a commitment is to make it a short term one. Start with a month then 3 months then 6 months, then 12 months and so on.

This way you implement a change that builds up from short term want to a long term habit.**