We live in a world of powerful distractions, hence the need for a means of helping stay focused. I found the Headspace meditation app made a huge difference to my ability to stay focused on tasks and not react overly emotionally to any set backs. It's one that I happily subscribed to until Sam Harris released Waking Up, see next entry.
Waking Up with Sam Harris
Sam Harris has released an app on how to meditate. I've used it everyday and it's now my favourite and only meditation app. It is guided meditation and goes deep into what consciousness is, and introduces you to a variety of meditation styles. If you want to understand your mind and consciousness, this is an education in itself. The first 5 meditations are free, after that it is USD$15 per month or USD$120 pa. Please note, if you cannot afford this, Sam suggests emailing them and they will make it free for a year, please do not abuse this. https://wakingup.com
Storing and Organising Notes
I have tried lots of ways to store ideas, notes and useful information. I have used Evernote to store and organise all my notes including photographs, written notes, images, business cards, receipts and more and and placed them in relevant folders. The problem is that after awhile you have hundreds of notes and they can get out of hand. Yes, you can search for them, but I think maybe just use this resource for storing PDF's etc, provided that you can find them again.
I have been using Roam Research for several months now to take notes, it is hard to describe roam, but is an intelligent note-taking system and very useful for research and writing. See Nat Eliason's video below for a better explanation, he also has an introductory course to learn how to use Roam.
Instapaper is useful for storing pages or videos you want to come back and read later. You can save articles directly from your phone or computer. I pay the annual fee as it is such a useful app. You are able highlight and take notes from the articles you store directly in the app and use them in Roam or other note-taking apps.
Wisepreneurs YouTube Channel
Selected YouTube videos to stimulate your business ideas, creativity and more. From Alain de Botton, Seth Godin, Yuval Noah Harari and more. Well worth a visit.
I like to listen to podcasts when I go for walks, when I have to do housework or gardening, or travelling. Here are a few I find interesting. I am actually getting sick of listening to business podcasts, preferring to read a book instead.
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