Commitment to Growth

Tonight I was a wanderer. I had an itch for some meditative ocean time, so I cruised my way 2.5 hours over to Westport to listen to the ocean. My goal was to meditate on deleting some limiting self-beliefs, inspired by listening to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson. Link is non affiliate, just sayin.

As this site’s theme is primarily what pops in my head as I’m learning how to live life while I’m in this current meat suit, some posts are long, some are short.

I highly recommend you getting some ocean meditation time. It was a great way to spend six hours for me. I’m rebooting this and writing more often, I hope to offer some value to others wandering and wondering through the wonderful thing we have here on this little planet of ours.

G’night.

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What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? | Aeon Essays

This is the pain that The Donald preyed on. The American Dream that has been sold to us for the last century is a broken system. The idea that work itself is going to be obsolete will have almost unimaginable effects on society.

What will we do? Will it be a version of Wall-E?

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At no point in recorded history has the entirety of humanity been free of work. I’d imagine there will still be a need for a plethora of maintenance jobs for our robot and AI workers. Will philosophy reign and humankind just exercise and philosphize to pass the time?

This snippet is just a part of a really interesting article, I’m still here boggled at what would define us if it’s not work.

For now, back to work.

Until now, the principle of productivity has functioned as the reality principle that made the American Dream seem plausible. ‘Work hard, play by the rules, get ahead’, or, ‘You get what you pay for, you make your own way, you rightly receive what you’ve honestly earned’ – such homilies and exhortations used to make sense of the world. At any rate they didn’t sound delusional. By now they do.

Source: What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? | Aeon Essays

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6 productivity hacks that tripled my income – GrowthLab

In my ongoing exploration of income growth, I stumbled across GrowthLab while inadvertently searching for some available domains. I’ve been a Ramit Sethi fan, and was surprised I hadn’t stumbled across this before.

This is from a great blog post by Ryan Levesque on changes he made inspired by health concerns. Highly recommended.

I realized that I needed to change my everyday lifestyle. I didn’t want to miss watching my son grow up. And I wanted to grow my business, too.Over the course of a few months, I made six major “upgrades” to my life. These things not only made me healthier, they also made me more productive at work, so I can spend more time with my family.All my changes paid off. In less than a year, I was making $117,000 a month, triple what I had been making at the start of 2012.

Source: 6 productivity hacks that tripled my income – GrowthLab

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Throwback Post: Pomodoro Pyramid Technique

I recently covered the book Start a Freedom Business by Colin Wright. In it he reviewed a time management method called the Pomodoro Technique, which was developed in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. In a very basic sense it’s using 25 minute work periods broken up with 5 minute breaks. Work for 25 on a single task, then take a 5 minute break, every couple of hours taking a longer 15-25 minute break. There are several timers available that are listed at the bottom of the article.

While there are many advanced charts and studies available, I found this to work well. Come back in a few months and the chart might look different, but I don’t want you to wait that long to get some work done! Using it over the past few weeks, the true power behind this classic method made itself apparent. After a bit of wrangling around with figuring out how best to make use of this for what I do (writing, emailing, Tweeting, researching).

I thought it kind of melded with the classic resistance training method of pyramid sets. As you can see in the chart, I found that by starting out with lower level thought process tasks, working up to medium level, then having an extended period of working on a primary task worked very well. Followed by going back down the scale to medium and then lower level then helps you wind down for the 15-25 minute break.

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I thought it would be helpful to list out some ideas for tasks at each level.

Low Level:

  • Sending thank you messages to new followers on Twitter or Facebook
  • Scanning your RSS reader for relevant information to later posts or Tweets to promote friend/partner sites
  • Sorting your email inbox down to empty with intelligent funneling into Evernote 
  • Organize your bills into a stack of what needs paid chronologically
  • Go through the refrigerator and throw out old stuff while making a list for grocery shopping
  • Listen to an educational/business related podcast while you’re vacuuming or folding laundry
  • Clean out the wallet, purse, or satchel.
  • While this may not seem like work, it helps us here: setup a playlist appropriate to what you’re planning on writing about in the high level.

Medium Level

  • Take notes while researching topics for a blog or article post
  • Reply to emails that fall into the “needs action today” category
  • Work on a coding, CSS, or other bug or issue that’s been hanging out in your “I’ll get around to it soon” category for too long
  • Identify one client, partner, or friend per day and send them a non-sales email asking them how they’re doing and include a relevant link to something they’re interested in outside of work.

High Level

  • Work on writing an initial draft of an article, blog post, term paper or other intellectual project.
  • Work on one of the courses at Udemy that requires paying close attention and taking notes
  • Tackle one of the excellent Photoshop tutorials over at Tuts+
  • Hopefully you enjoyed this article and can use some of the techniques or suggestions mentioned. How do you focus and segment time? Let us know in the comments!

Pomodoro Timer Options

Pomodori – For the Mac OS X platform is the one we used for testing and that led to this article. Very simple, just a little app that dings at the 5 and 25 minute marks, and keeps track of how many ‘Pomodoros’ or cycles you log in a particular work session.

Tomatoi.st – This is a simple web based Pomodoro Timer.

MaToMaTo – A nicely animated Pomodoro Timer for Windows

Pomodoro Me – A free app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that allows for custom timed Pomodoros.

Pomodroido  – A very nicely featured Pomodoro app for the Android platform with options for a ticking timer, break and Pomodoro times and intervals and whether or not you want the screen on or off during the sessions.

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Focus Booster – This is a visually beautiful Pomodoro time that works in the browser, and also has Mac OS X and Windows versions.

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