Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Consciousness exercise

Ever wish your brain was like a computer hard drive, and you could simply delete all the extraneous files that are taking up too much space and slowing down your operating system?  Today, as I lay down for my second nap, I closed my eyes and imagined searching my brain for keywords that have been interfering with my daily life: names of former employers, colleagues, previous failures, prior mistakes.  Each keyword brought up a list of files and imaginary button marked "Delete all." I pressed it. "Are you sure you want to delete these files? Yes/No" After a moment of hesitation, I clicked "yes," which was followed by the sound of breaking glass.  The dark room grew immediately brighter, my spirit significantly lighter.

Now all that's left is the defragmenting and a hard reset!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 34 of my Facebook fast

It's true! I gave up Facebook for Lent! It's been a lot easier than expected. And a lot more difficult because it's easy to find other procrastination sites on the web. Including webcomic xkcd

The author of the xkcd is insightful and brilliant. He's also human and gets sucked in to online distractions like the rest of us. Here's his solution to regaining lost productivity (Bonus: your house might even get tidied!) Make sure you read the comments, offering different ways of achieving the same goal.