According to the Federal Highway Administration, Americans are no longer driving as much as they once were. Owning a car is expensive, young people are opting to live in cities with public transit, and technology continues to reduce the need for meetings IRL. However that doesn't change the fact that we're still a car culture.
Modern tech workers have more things to do than time to do them. Requests come from every direction, and tasks pile up quickly if you're not always trying to stay on top of it. I've tried a variety of GTD and task management workflows over the years, but none of them stuck. Each method took so much time to manage that it took away from time I could be spending getting things done.
We’ve started doing because doing implies finishing and—more importantly—succeeding. Trying, on the other hand, means that you’re struggling. It indicates you could fail at any moment.
About a month ago, I decided to try an experiment and turn off email notifications on my phone and my laptop. I’d read a lot online about the benefits of turning off email notifications, but I was always afraid to try it for fear of missing something important.
I have to admit that I agree with the cacophony of criticism about Apple’s latest round of TV ads. In fact, I almost had an allergic reaction to them when I first saw them air during the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.