Posts By: vansunder

You Can’t Trust the Media

One thing that has become obvious to me over the years is that you can’t trust the media. That is because the media receives it’s income through advertising. As many people have said over the years: “If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.” While that thought has always made… Read more »

Week 1 Review

Now that Week 1 of Q1 ¬†of my life pivot is complete, I am keeping myself honest by checking in here. As expected in week one of anything, I’m not exactly where I want to be yet. I did accomplish more than I have been accomplishing on a weekly basis, which is good, but not… Read more »

Procrastination

Since it’s late on Saturday and I’m still trying to figure out what area I need to work on in my life for next week, my decision was made automatically. Next week’s area of focus is: procrastination! So, I’ll spend this week ruthlessly fighting my tendency to procrastinate on certain tasks. Hopefully, making this my… Read more »

Shrinking the Firehose

As part of my attempt to focus my effort on the more important tasks I have on my todo list, I’ve decided to start carving away at some tasks that eat away at either my time or my attention. The largest two areas that I found I could chip away at without sacrificing time on… Read more »

High Efficiency Exercise

As part of my new regimen, I’ve built in daily exercise. This is extra exercise on top of whatever walking I already do. Some people count walking as exercise, but for me it’s just my normal mode of transportation. My goal in my life pivot is to improve myself in the most efficient way possible…. Read more »

80/20 Rule

I think almost everyone has heard of the 80/20 rule, also called the Pareto Principle. At it’s simplest form, it says that 80% of effects come from 20% of the causes. For example, in business, 80% of your profits come from 20% of your work. That means that the other 80% of the time that… Read more »

The Internet Is Eroding Our Focus

We need to think better, not more or faster. This is very well covered in this video from Epipheo.tv that talks with Nicholas Carr, the author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. He talks about how the internet is short circuiting the ability of our brains to consolidate the memories… Read more »

My First Ten Week Course

In my quest to pivot my professional life, I decided that I need to go back to school. Sort of. I don’t believe that going to a physical school will actually give me the skills or experience I want. The only thing that I think that experience would give me would be a lot of… Read more »

Focus

As the flip side to my introspection yesterday on distraction, today I’m looking at focus. It’s appropriate because I’m starting Week 1 of my life pivot on Monday and one of my assignments for this week is working on my focus. How better to start the week than with focus? I can’t think of anything… Read more »

Distraction

This is a personal post involving some introspection on my part, so it may not be of use to everyone. If not, I apologize, but I’m going to be a bit self indulgent in this post. I am currently attempting what amounts to a “pivot” for my life in general. I have spent the past… Read more »