In the area of torrential flow of information ability to think clearly is a must skill to stay on top of your goals, plans and life in general.
The below post summarises few principles of thinking employed by Vaclas Smil
My two favoites are:
- read widely, with maximum curiousity – drawing knowledge from different disciplines help not only understand those disciplines but also make connections between them.
- put reality first and theory last – reality is much more complex and nuanced the any theory can be. Models are useful but they have their limits. Pair with Map is not the Territory
More principles are at A Few Principles for Thinking Clearly.
While I don’t own a Mac I occasionally listen to the Mac Power Users podcast.
Recently the hosts revisitted topic of task management. While they mostly shared their experience and workflows using Omnifocus the ideas and strategies are easily transferable to pretty much any task manager.
#451: Task Management Strategies
We can be asynchronous or connect when you need. Want to listen to Spotify, connect. Want to call Uber, simply connect. Want to pay bills, just connect. Need to Amazon, connect. Want to socialize – go have coffee or call a friend for a coffee. Want to inform yourself, skip Social Media. Instead, just read a book or two.
The Asynchronous Life
Good example of how one can control the internet, rather than sync with it make it anynchronous. Connect only when you need it, make the offline a default setting.
such a great observation from Nicholas Bate
It’s tempting not to write the problem down for fear of making it real.
But the process of writing it down starts the process of reducing the problem, taming its power and identifying a solution.
Jagged Thoughts for Jagged Times 324
Mindsets: Optimism vs. Complacency vs. Pessimism
Optimist “[…]knows all this stuff does not preclude eventual growth and improvement. The bad stuff is a necessary and normal path that things getting better over time rides on. Progress happens when people learn something new. And they learn the most, as a group, when stuff breaks. It’s essential.”
Out of the three I aim for the first one although it’s not easy.
10 Small Habits That Have A Huge Return On Life – Darius Foroux
Forget invisibility or flight: the superpower we all want is the ability to do several things at once.
That’s Tim Harford writing Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century
It’s a 2015 article that’s still very much relevent. For most actionable advice scroll to the end where there are some tips on taming multitasking and using GTD Method.