It’s amazing how small details of our environments can fade into the blur of everyday life. When Amy and I bought our home a little over two years ago, it was pretty overwhelming. Being in a new environment, everything was fresh and all the aspects both good and bad stood out like a sore thumb. I easily noticed the things that looked particularly good and that which looked especially bad. Whether it was a tile project in the entryway or paint on the walls that needed an update, it all stood out. As new homeowners, we began to work on [Read more…] about Exercise 1: Intentional Observation
Last week, I pressed a single button on my iPhone and a few minutes later a black Lincoln Town Car pulled up in front of me. A friendly gentleman rolled down the passenger window and said, “Hi! Anthony?” I got into the back of his car and he took me to dinner. Well, at least he took me to where I was going to be having dinner. It was only several years ago when getting to the restaurant would’ve been less convenient.[Read more…] about 5 Simple Ways To Make Life Less Convenient
Imagine when you were born, a divine being placed a secret amount of money into an account. Every day, you are given a disbursement from this account. Spend all the money given to you that day or lose it forever.
As life continues, the available money may fluctuate. For some, usable money each day begins [Read more…] about Musings On The Real Currency
Regardless of my extroverted tendencies, major confrontations have always been difficult for me. As simple as we can make our lives, things aren’t always going to be sunshine, butterflies and blueberries. [Read more…] about On Running Away
At times, success can come down to using the right tool. Through the filter of minimalism, we aim to reduce the distractions that pull us away from the life we want to live. Distraction can be clutter in our homes or clutter on our screens and we need to use the appropriate tools to help us focus on what matters most. For those that use Google’s Chrome browser, I’ve compiled ten browser extensions that have helped me stay focused on the task at hand to stay productive while working. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments below for anything I may have missed.
Pomodoro is a popular technique of having structured work and relax periods. Common ratios are 25 minutes on and 5 minutes off, or 45 minutes on and 15 minutes off. Strict Workflow automates this and blocks websites of your choosing during work periods. A simple timer in the browser window shows how much time you have left until a break, then when it’s time to get back to work. [Read more…] about 10 Free Chrome Extensions That Reduce Distractions
A few years ago I crossed paths with a personal finance concept called the Latte Factor and recently, I’ve drawn some parallels between it and my experience with constant distractions.
The general idea behind the Latte Factor is that frequent small purchases over 20 or more years end up being a very large amount of money. Apply some standard potential investment returns on that money, and that amount gets even larger. You can play with some numbers at the link above to learn more about that.
It’s quite alarming [Read more…] about How Constant Distractions Create Big Stress