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Tony Steward - Simplifying Digital Life

Tony has a great post on simplifying your digital life. I'm not a super organized person, but am always wanting to figure out how to be. Nicole and I had an interesting discussion on organization that I will have to post later. Anyways, here's a clip:

1. Reduce your Distraction by Planning Your Inputs. This is not original to me at all, but I am saying a little different intentionally. David Allen would say that you need to only have as many inputs (or inboxes) of information as you need. Timothy Ferris is all about wildly reducing your inputs beyond the bare minimum - with a focus on only allowing yourself to interact with “results based information.” My middle ground is that there are inputs that are the connection to online communities I value, so I need to interact with them, but not at the whim of a notification or new message. Here is what I’ve done:

  • Email 3 times a day: I check email at 12pm, 5pm and 9pm. This is extremely difficult but it is where you will find one of the most significant boosts in simplicity and concentration in your work day. I have to say this has actually irritated me because I have the terrible habit of letting email distract me into random (and lazy) action.


Check out the whole post here.

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“Tony Steward - Simplifying Digital Life”