Advice from Seth

We recently replaced our old Dell desktop with a fast new Toshiba laptop. After a couple of hiccups I am now whizzing around Windows 8 and really marveling at the experience. (I can hear Steve Ballmer saying to his team, “We need apps!” Windows 8 was the response). I kid myself when I plunked down the $800 for the PC that I would NOT buy MS Office, opting instead for the free OpenOffice. That lasted about ten minutes. OpenOffice is not free–it comes encumbered with all sorts of adware–some of which is still annoyingly popping up. My previous version of MS Office only had Outlook Express  and I never got around to configuring my Gmail account in it. I just synced my Gmail with the slick new Outlook 2013 and came across this gem from Seth Godin.

Is Effort a Myth by Seth Godin

Here’s an excerpt:

1. Delete 120 minutes a day of ‘spare time’ from your life. This can include TV, reading the newspaper, commuting, wasting time in social networks and meetings. Up to you.

2. Spend the 120 minutes doing this instead:

  • Exercise for thirty minutes.

  • Read relevant non-fiction (trade magazines, journals, business books, blogs, etc.)

  • Send three thank you notes.

  • Learn new digital techniques (spreadsheet macros, Firefox shortcuts, productivity tools, graphic design, html coding)

  • Volunteer.

  • Blog for five minutes about something you learned.

  • Give a speech once a month about something you don’t currently know a lot about.

Good advice indeed!