Personal Productivity – Setting up your day for success

Making change requires work, work requires time and time is limited.

I am writing this post primarily to assist my friend Michael (who is new to personal productivity) but I also hope it will be useful for many people working on improving personal resilience in their lives.   I’ve been a practitioner of  “Getting Things Done”, a method of personal productivity from the book of the same name for about 4 years now.   I have written  on this subject  before on my page on personal productivity but this time I thought it might be useful to publish  how I set myself up to have a good productive day. The post will be brief as I have time boxed this activity to 30 minutes.

STEP 1 Review my todo lists

  • For personal todos I use and application called “Things”
  • For Shared todo’s I use “Remember the milk”
  • For work todo’s (which I use an A4 spiral bound book)

I’m at home and working on Personal todos. I review my todos in “Things” and write out the ones I want to do onto post its

Post Its

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Mind Control

mind_control

We are all under mind control

The only thing that varies from person to person is how much control we are under. The confused overwhelmed state of most people indicates that there is more mind control happening than we realize. As a result  many poor decisions are made that are not in our own best interests. We are bombarded daily with a birage of mind control techniques which makes it difficult to be immune to their effect.

There are practical steps however you can take to defend yourself from mind control and I will cover this in more depth in a future post. In the mean time a good first step would be to download and read the mental antivirus PDF which is a brief overview of common methods used to deceive. Then turn on the TV and see how many fallacies you can identify.  If your feeling keen then try the mental antivirus on your own views on a particular issue and see if you can identify fallacies in your own thinking (I think you’ll be surprised).

Mind control techniques have been around since the birth of language. Language is at the center of mind control which is why many great thinkers also study linguistics and and the history and derivation of language. It was after the first world war, however, that mind control as it is today was really perfected. Edward Bernays is looked as as being the father of PR (modern mind control) and responsible for many of the more sophisticated methods of mind control in use today.

The Stanley Parable
is genius. It is a game but not really, more like an artwork adventure through mind control. I have never experienced anything like it. I was sick recently and played the game inspired me to write this post. Enjoy the trailer – I recommend the game it is very,very clever ………and so is mind control

How to buy Bitcoins

bitcoin_dollarLast month I  wrote a post about what Bitcoin is and how it works and why it is important. I explained how the coins are mined and how nowadays mining Bitcoin is not something that I would  recommend. I also mentioned that I planned on buying Bitcoin and in this post I explain the challenges and what I learnt in the process.

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Good Paleo Recipes

A friend of mine asked me for some Paleo meal ideas

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Tunnelbear & Why Libertarianism is so Dangerous

Tunnel bearTunnelbear is free it allows you to view the web as if you reside in a different country.

There was a video on youtube that was blocked and only available in the US do I was able to use Tunnelbear to view the video. Very useful.

Why Is libertarianism So Dangerous?

The video is a very clever story about society and was well worth installing tunnelbear for – see below

 

If you watched the video and feel you are not really clear about what liberty is below is video that explains it entitled “The philosophy of liberty”.

Fluoridation does not work

Fluoridation is a controversial issue.

I have recently watched a video of Dr John Colquhoun from New Zealand who was a leading fluoridation promoter who changed his mind through examining the results of the test that he was asked to conduct on behalf of the New Zealand Government.

This video shows significant evidence that shows that  fluoridation made no difference to numbers of cavities. He also shows detrimental health effects caused by fluoridation.

There are many dental and medical professionals with years of experience that support fluoridation this was something that Dr Colquhoun was upset and confused about John made the comment on this later in this video

The professional education they receive conditions them to accept their authorities rather than make independent judgement themselves. They are taught that this the accepted orthodoxy. This is what our experts say is the case and its a state of mind which shows a defect in the nature of our professional education.

All roads lead to education. I have written at length about this on the usethetrivium site

Fashion Modelling

New career as a fashion model?

I have just conducted my first modelling assignment wearing socks made out of bamboo!

Wake up transparent Small(2)The photo-shoot was undertaken few weeks ago on location at the Aylston Estate. My feet are the ones with the fluorescent yellow green socks.  I now have 2 pairs to trial. I’ll update you on how I get on.

UPDATE

I have now had the socks for about 12 months I wear them with my Blundstones whilst working at the estate. I’m actually a big fan. They wick away moisture really well and are lasting pretty well when I am digging holes and putting in plants.

Documentaries on TV dumb you down

I believe the biggest threat to our world is not global warming, war, or poverty, it is an absence of critical thought.

To solve any problem it first requires the skills of critical thought. These are skills that most people do not use and when do try to apply critical thinking it is often faulty.

I have witten more about the problems people have with critical thinking here . Television, after public schooling, is a significant cause of this reduction in our abilities to think critically. The North Korean propaganda video below shows how corrupt and stupid western society is. They didn’t have to try very hard as its all there….on television.

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My Top 10 Books 2013

People that don’t read books are missing out.

I love books I also love consuming information through media such as podcasts. However books provide a method of learning complex topics in a way you cannot learn from other media. I wrote an article on the effect of media and critical though on the usethetrivium website.
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