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This week for episode 399 our original workflow guest, Merlin Mann, returns to share how he’s using his iPad(s), Mac, and that "voice stuff".
The United States’ sanctions bill against Russia is named after a man who uncovered corruption in Putin’s Russia and paid the ultimate …
On pulling away from social media, and carving out intentional approaches to digital media and writing.
Did you know that the mere presence of a smartphone near you isÂ slowly draining away your cognitive energy and attention? (Even if itâs tucked away in a desk drawer or a bag.) Like it or not, the persistent use of technology is changing the quality of our attention. And not in a good way.
In this episode, I talk with writer, designer and technologist Craig Mod â whoâs done numerous experiments in reclaiming his attention â about how we can break out of this toxic cycle of smartphone and social media addiction and regain control of our powers of concentration.
Key takeaways from the interview:
How Facebook and other social media apps are lulling us into âattention slaveryâ
Why interrupting your workflow to post on social media â and sharing pithy thoughts or ideas â shuts down your creative process
How short digital detox retreats and/or meditation sessions can âdefrag your mindâ so that you can deploy your attention more consciously and more powerfully
Why mapping your ideas in large offline spaces â e.g. on a whiteboard or blackboard â gives you âpermissionâ to get messy and evolve your thinking in a way thatâs impossible on a screen
How changing the quality of your attention can change your relationship to everything â art, conversations, creativity, and business
âIf there was a meter of 1 to 10 of how present you are or how much you can manipulate your own attention â how confident you are that you could, say, read a book for three hours without an interruption, without feeling pulled to something else. I would say the baseline pre-smartphone was a 4 or 3. Now, itâs a 1.â
âI think that a life in which you are never present, in which you have no control over your attention, in which youâre constantly being pulled in different directions, is kind of sad â because there is this incredible gift of consciousness. And when that consciousness is deployed smartly, itâs amazing the things that can be built out of it.â
Hereâs a shortlist of things Craig and I talked about in the course of the conversation, including where you can go on a meditation retreat. You should be aware that vipassana retreats are offered free of charge, and are open to anyone.
Craigâs piece on attention from Backchannel magazine
Vipassana meditation retreat locations
Craigâs article on post-100 hours of meditation
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Writer and technologist Kevin Kelly
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His New York Times number one best-seller, “The Untethered Soul,” is one of the books that is always on Oprah’s nightstand. Author and spiritual teacher Michael Singer reveals practical methods for allowing feelings to pass through you without taking over your life. He says spiritual growth begins by learning to silence the negative thoughts in your mind. Oprah says Michael Singer will “help you find a greater sense of inner peace.”
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When I look back over my almost 20 years as an entrepreneur, I can point to pivotal moments where advice from Seth Godin got me to the next level. So, when I decided to devote an episode to succeeding as a solo entrepreneur, he was the logical choice.
For most of you, Mr. Godin needs no introduction. If you’re not familiar, Seth is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages.
He writes about the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip, Purple Cow, and the one that started it all for me — Permission Marketing.
Tune in to this illuminating episode to hear Seth’s advice for succeeding as an entrepreneurial company of one. As always, Godin’s wisdom will spark the sort of serious reflection that can take you to your next level.
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