Yuval Harari, author of the fantastic book Sapiens (which I’ve started and still need to finish), was a recent guest on The James Altucher Show. Go listen, it’s a great interview.
One of my favourite parts was Yuval’s brief thoughts on meditation. He explained that he starts and finishes every work day with one hours meditation. He explains:
“(Meditation) gives me balance, peace, and calmness and the ability to find myself.”
“The idea of meditation is to forget about all the stories in your mind. Just observe reality as it is. What is actually happening right here, right now? You start with very simple things like observing the breath coming in and out of your nostrils or you observe the sensations in your body. This is reality.
For all of history, people have given more and more importance to imaginary stories and they’ve been losing the ability to tell the difference between fiction and reality. Meditation is one of the best ways to regain this ability and really tell the difference between what is real and what is a fiction in my mind.”
In episode 44 of Cortex, Myke and Grey discussed time tracking. I have a love/hate relationship with time tracking. As an employee, I hated it. It made no sense to track 7.5 hours per day (because who does that much productive work in a day?). But as someone who is self-employed, it makes total sense (and I can see why I was made to do it as an employee).
As Grey says in the episode: if you care about how you’re spending your time, track your time.
Myke and Grey talk about the revelations they had while tracking their time, which match my own:
- Your brain has no idea how much time you’re spending on stuff. You can’t trust yourself to have any sense of how long it takes to do things.
- You think you’re working way more than you actually are.
- You’ll spot patterns. You’ll notice that those busy periods will catch up with you.
It’s worth a listen. And FWIW, I track my time using Freckle.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of AirPods since they were announced in September last year. Mine finally arrived after ordering in late December.
Here are my initial thoughts after just over a days use:
- The charging case is great. It fits nicely in a trouser or jacket pocket. The “click” of the magnetic lid closing is incredibly satisfying, as is the way the AirPods slide in to the case.
- Syncing to my iPhone took seconds. It was the perfect first-use experience. Open packaging, remove AirPods from charging case, click Connect on my iPhone, start using them.
- They fit snuggly in my ears. AirPods are the same shape as EarPods, so if EarPods fit you, these will too.
- They haven’t fallen out of my ears yet (although that’s with light use: walking, house chores, etc). They sit better than EarPods, I assume because they don’t have the added weight of a cable.
- They do look a little ridiculous. But I don’t care.
- Sound quality is noticeably better than EarPods. Good enough for casual listening and podcasts. Yes, audio nerds, I know there are better sounding headphones for the price point.
- Recharging the AirPods in the case is quick. 10 minutes and they’ve got another few hours of use.
- The range is surprisingly good. I can have my phone charging at the opposite end of the house, although it does occasionally stutter at this distance.
- The lack of volume control and skip buttons is annoying, but not reason enough for me to stop using them.
- And the biggest weakness: Siri. Double tapping on an ear bud will invoke Siri, but Siri is still slower and less accurate than many of its competitors.
There’s a whole bunch of stuff – thoughts, ideas, links, quotes, etc. – that I don’t publish. I’ve created, without realising it, expectations for what I deem to be a worthy post. An idea has to be fully-formed before it gets published. Which is just daft.
So, in order to share stuff I wouldn’t normally, I’ve created a new section I’ve ingeniously named “Notes”.
Those expectations no longer apply. I now have a place to share thoughts (that’s not Twitter), no matter how short, silly, or trivial they are.