Time & Attention

Essential iPad

This tweet from Linda Stone about the iPad is right on:

iPad is the iPod of reading. A sense that distractions r minimized. Only what’s essential in the experience.

This goes beyond iBooks. The iPad is different than a traditional computer in that you are limited to working within one application at a time. The entire screen is always devoted to the task at hand. Distractions from other applications are minimized. Valuable focus and attention are maximized.

The iPad excels at content consumptions, but its potential for content production is untapped.

Time & Attention

I’m glad Merlin Mann is back producing content for 43folders.com. This improvised talk he did a Rutgers covers work culture, managing expectations, and the 3 deadly qualities of email: all of which I deal with heavily in my job.

It’s long (an hour-twenty), but fun and I got a lot out of it.

I’m also looking forward to Merlin’s new book when it comes out: Inbox Zero.

May I have your attention please?

Fascinating talk by Linda Stone, a former VP at MS and Apple. She discusses the evolution of our technology consumption that results in email apnea and an artificial sense of constant crisis.

I’ve been trying to be better about where I divert my attention and what I allow to distract me. Email is a huge nuisance, but obviously essential to my job. I’ve been surprised how productive I’ve been by not checking it for even an hour at a time.

This video also validates my theory that yoga is a very effective training tool for focusing your attention. I believe that working in the web industry, it’s necessary to frequently disconnect to save your sanity.