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@michaelwroberts Which communities do you lean on the most, Michael?
1 week, 6 days ago on Advice for People 'Living the Dream'
@deniseurena Oh, I never even thought of checking out other people. But you're right, that often is energizing and inspiring.
@joeyjoejoe I had an insight about marketing this morning. I've been researching MVNOs, basically resellers of broadband to port my Sprint phone to because they're usually much cheaper. Wikipedia has an article listing all the MVNOs in the US. So went through the list and opened all the websites. Some were terrible-- If I hadn't known what I was looking at, I don't know that I would have figured it out. Others were fine, but they wouldn't let you bring your own phone-- you had to buy one of theirs. Others were a bit opaque on their pricing structure.
But one of them, Ting, offered "16 reasons to use Ting." The had an interactive chart showing you exactly how much money you would save. They allowed you the option of bringing your own phone, buying a new one, or even buying a refurbished one. The directed you to third party sites to show you want the coverage would be like in your area.
On it's own, the site is excellent. But compared to the others, the site is OUT-FUCKING-STANDING. It pulled out all the stops to show me why the service might (might!) be right for me, explaining honestly about it's constraints and what it can and can't do (and why!).
Ting is selling exactly the same thing as at least a dozen other services, but they're selling it better, because they've taken an interest in finding out exactly what you need to know in order to be compelled by their service, and they do it in a totally open and transparent manner.
@PilotFire I too, find that making sure the daily goals tie in with the big picture goals is the only way to make it happen. I like your point about making the mundane challenging; part of why I so like to systematize is because there's a challenge in executing perfectly.
@joeyjoejoe >operating at a high state of arousal for anyone, for any extended period of time, isn't good.
Oh, I agree. It's just that extroverts don't find as many things arousing as HSP/introverts do. As a fairly extroverted HSP, even I think "Holy crap, how do you even cope?" When I see how much recovery time an introverted HSP needs from, say, a hairdressing shift.
Thanks for the compliment! We're getting the kinks worked out.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Work vs Play vs Rest
@remadebyhand Good to see you back, Erin!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Art of Consolidation: Keeping What You've Captured
@cjrenzi Did I? That does sound like the sort of folksy wisdom I dole out :P
Good luck with your bonanza. (Oh, dear. Now I'll have that theme song in my head.)
1 month ago on The Art of Consolidation: Keeping What You've Captured
@tammyrenzi Aww, thank you!
@deniseurena I think a lot of this stuff works better with teams. I actually think that's why it seems weird on an individual level-- this sort of thing is hard to manage on your own, between the need for discipline and the fact that the wheels need to keep turning.
@PilotFire Yeah, people really tend to underestimate the stress and difficulty that changing one's routine adds to your life. Moving is like turning every routine upside down and shaking it.
3 months is pretty good turnaround time, though!
@tammyrenzi Yeah, that part is often really boring. And it's even worse when you have something cooler to do already lined up!
@tammyrenzi @Karen J Absolutely. Think of it like painting a room. It's easy to think, "Oh, slap up a coat of primer and two coats of cerulean, and I'll be done in a day."
But experienced room painters know that there's a lot of prep work (emptying the room or covering the furniture, taping the baseboards, washing the walls, spackling any holes.)
Then you paint. And it looks amazing, so you call all your friends in to show it off. But you actually can't yet. First you have to consolidate: take off the take, put the furniture back, hang the picture frames, put up the curtains, clean out the paintbrushes, dispose of the paint, vacuum the floor, and *then* you can enjoy the new paint job.
But so often, putting up the last coat of paint feels "done". Since we feel done, psychologically we move onto the next thing. But it's not done. So you have to strike the balance of "Yay! We finished the book. Let's celebrate." to "Okay. Now we've got to market this sucker. What's the plan, Stan?"
@tammyrenzi Yay! I'm happy true music lovers like it as well as me.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 8 Recommended Tools and Services for Streamlining Your Workflow
I think you got them all, Ethan. As part of my ritual, I make sure the dogs don't need to go out, make a cup of coffee, go to the bathroom, and if necessary, earplugs. Really, earplugs. I use them all the time. Maybe I need a little hermit cabin of my own. Maybe that's the solution...
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The productivity advice that you never listen to (it’s the only thing that works)
@tammyrenzi Don't needlessly complicate your life on account of me, Tammy! If you don't need any of this stuff, don't use it!
I'd love to hear what you and CJ think of Focus at Will.
@Karen J You're not expected to try them all! :) But I think the cool thing about startups is there's so many of them, you couldn't keep up if you tried, so the ones that are doing really nifty things, I want to spread the word!
@ethanwaldman Oh, look at that. Livefyre supports media!
@ethanwaldman Yeah. My partner loves music, so we've compromised that he has to play classic rock if I'm trying to work. Something that I've heard so many times I can safely ignore. Acoustical works pretty well for me, except every now and then they'll play some celtic music I'd forgotten I knew and I spend the next half-hour on Youtube being nostalgic. :) I think it's true, though, music I like too much, I pay attention to. Classic rock works for me simply because I *know* it, but don't *like* it, so it's essentially white noise. I think they're correct about that.
You're right, though, the jazz station is *horrible*. Here is a good track someone recommended on reddit. http://youtu.be/6Zl5vpy__dQ It's very unobstrusive and film-noir-y
@joeyjoejoe The Old Reader was just *inundated* with Google Reader refugees. It took about a week for my feeds to come online. I know they got another server online since then, so hopefully you won't have to wait as long. Don't forget to set up the Pocket integration!
@PilotFire I have two separate systems for Todos. For stuff that I have systemized, and that happens on a regularly occurring schedule, those tasks I have in Remember the Milk, and RTM syncs to my calendar, so all those tasks (which are typically pretty brain-dead tasks, the trick is just remembering to do them) I just review at the beginning of the day, and added to the Evernote list.
Evernote has little ticky boxes, and I like to write down even the tiniest tasks as I do them, (because otherwise I forget what it is I did, and why) and the Todo note functions as a sort of record of the day.
So that's how I do it. I highly recommend the GCal and RTM combo, though. It works well.