Why You Should Try News Fasting [Productivity Tip]

We are living in an Information Overload Time.

With Internet & mobile (+Google, Facebook, Twitter, Email, Newsletter) we have HUGE amount of data at our finger tips.

Let’s consider:

It takes you two minutes to read one article & you read 50 articles per week:

50*2= 100 Minutes every week

100*5= 500 Minutes every month

= Eight Hours per month

I decided to quite this reading thing and go on an Information fast because:

I am a productivity freak & I love to explore how I can save my time & do something more meaningful.

Here’s what I did to stick on my PLAN:

  1. Uninstalled the Facebook, Linkedin & Twitter App
  2. Created a Label in GMAIL so that all the newsletters goes under one Label (in case I I want to read them in future)
  3. Replaced that time with Reading Books or Working on my project

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What Happened After 20 Days:

  1. I realized 99% of the information which I received was something, I MAY NOT use TODAY or in FUTURE

20 Days is still a sort time & I will continue this news fast for the next few months.

Let’s see how this goes.

BUT:

What I want to communicate is…

People (including me) spend good amount of their time reading articles which they are not going to use today or not even in the future.

And that is something you should worry about.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Boni

 

 

 

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Weekend Read

Find below the list of curated articles — the one’s I have enjoyed and platforms I generally trust:

Brain Typing & Skin Hearing: Everything You Need to Know About Facebook’s 2017 F8 Conference

How to Transform Your Blog Content into Compelling Videos

Popular People Live Longer

Book Recommendations from Legendary Investors

One Powerful Success Secret from Ben Franklin that Changed My Life

Let me know your thoughts on the above curated links. Additionally, if you any suggestions/ recommendation — feel free to get in touch .

Cheers!

Boni

5 Career Advice from the Experts

The advice that I will share today is from the book “30 Lessons for Living“. The book is written by Karl Pillemer

What’s the book about:

Author has reached out to hundreds of elder Americans – who have lived their life and are at the last stage of their life.

Author Refers to them as “Experts” since these are people who have lived their life and have faced all sort of Good & Bad Experience.

Based on the inputs from these Experts and their life, following are the Five Career Advice, the Oldest Americans have shared to have a better – fulfilling career.

1) Choose a Career for the intrinsic rewards, not the financial ones

The biggest career mistake people make is selecting a profession based only on potential earnings. A sense of purpose and passion for one’s work beats a bigger paycheck any day

2) Don’t give up on looking for a job that makes you happy

According to experts, persistence is the key to finding a job you live. Don’t give up early.

3) Make the most of a bad job

If you find yourself in a less-than-ideal work situation, don’t waste the experience; many experts learned invaluable lessons from bad jobs

4) Emotional Intelligence trumps every other kind

Develop your interpersonal skills if you want to succeed in workplace. Even people in the most technical professions have their careers torpedoed if they lack emotional intelligence

5) Everyone Needs Autonomy

Career satisfaction is often dependent on how much autonomy you have on the job. Look for the freedom to make decisions and move in a direction that interest you, without too much control from the top.

Summary:

When you wake up in the morning, you should be looking forward to your Job (not exactly every day 🙂 but in general)

If not, you might want to check if you are following the above 5 advice and take actions.

Weekend Read

Find below the list of curated articles – the one’s I have enjoyed and platforms I generally trust:

The Books Every New Graduate Should Read, According to a Dozen Business Leaders (Quartz)

Google’s Latest Platform Play Is Artificial Intelligence, and It’s Already Winning (theverge)

How to Use Reddit to Drive Traffic to Your Site (Unamo)

On Page SEO – 9 Actionable Techniques That Work (backlinko)

Technical SEO: Check These 3 Errors Right Now (Growthhackers)

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP? | DAILYVEE 226 (Gary Vaynerchuk)

Investing Lesson from How Doctors (Don’t) Think (Safalniveshak)

Let me know your thoughts on the above curated links. Additionally, if you any suggestions/ recommendation – feel free to get in touch .

Cheers!

Boni

Some Mind Blowing Facts from the Book “Rest”

So I have been reading this Book “Rest” by Alex Soojung and I just came across two super useful scientific study.

I really wanted to post it here so that I can revisit it anytime and can share it with anyone.

These ideas will help you stimulate creativity.

And by the way, you already know these ideas but somehow we all need some scientific proof do really consume it.

1) Walking stimulates Creativity

Scientific Study Excerpt from the Book:

In an experiment by Oppezzo and Schwartz – they divided a group of students into four groups.

One group worked inside at a table (the siting group), one walked on a tredmill (walkin), one walked around campus (walkout), and one was pushed along the same Campaus path in a wheelchair (sitout).

Each group took creativity test called the Symbolic Equivalence Test (SET), in which you come up with metaphors or equivalent images for a phrase like “wind blown leaves”

Result of Study:

Once again, walkers scored higher than the sitters. Additionally, it was concluded that may be walking just allows more ideas to bubble up.

2) Nap Stimulates Creativity

Excerpt from the book:

At the university of Dusseldorf Olaf Lahl – two groups of students were shown a list of thirty words for two minutes and told them to memorize as many as possible.

One group was then allowed to nap for up to an hour, while the other stayed awake.

Result: When they were tested to see how many words they could recall, the students who napped did significantly better than those who didn’t.

In a second experiment, one group was kept awake, a second napped as long as they wanted and a third was woken up after five minutes.

Result: Lahl found that even a five minutes nap yielded measurable improvements in rentention: not as great as a longer nap, but still statistically significant.