Today, I posted my second recording on Spoken; as before, I have also included a transcript of the audio. Enjoy.
2016 will be all about simplicity for me.
In previous years, I have gone with two general use cases:
New Years resolutions don’t work for most people because they lack accountability and they don’t feel forced to continue after that point-of-no-return that ends in missed opportunities. However, I have Shawn Blanc at my side. In his recent online course, The Elements of Focus, I have been following along with each of his ideas and I love what Shawn and his work stands for: understanding yourself, your motivations, and acting on those motivations.
For me, the one thing that has come out of all this learning is a better understanding of myself in that I crave simplicity. This craving comes out in my minimalist tendencies, my frugality, and, recently, inbox zero in my work and personal lives, among many other things. But the reason I bring this up is that simplicity is an overarching theme in my life and I want to better focus on that in the coming year. This is not a resolution, this is a fundamental shift in perception.
Simplicity has to be included in every facet of one’s life or else it means nothing. Below is a list of examples of the “accomplishments” and ideas, though not exhaustive, on which I would like to focus in the new year through this new lens of simplicity:
Since this is not a resolution, there is no way to “fail”; this thought process will be a conscious and conscientious rethinking of each part of my day, each decision I make, throughout the coming year. So here’s to 2016.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.