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43F Podcast: Goin' on a Media Diet

Goin’ on a Media Diet (mp3)

43folders.com - Two simple things you can do this week to reclaim your attention and start enjoying the I/O in your life again.

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The podcast includes two diet tips for the week:

  • The Media Date - set aside a few contiguous hours to consume just one piece or type of media -- by itself. Read a book, watch a movie, or listen to your favorite record. Defy background noise by just focusing on that one thing for a while.
  • The Mindful Phonecall - Take 30 minutes to sit in a chair and talk to someone you love on the phone. No shopping, web surfing, or walking around allowed. Just you and them.

Any good media diet tips of your own to share? How do you limit your I/O?

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Something I run into when...

Something I run into when I try to find a new book, listen to an album in iTunes, or watch that John Doe backlog, is that my organization gremlin commandeers my head. So, on this media date,

Don't fix the media while you consume it.

Don't sort that bookshelf by author "really quick." Don't add genres to that playlist "just for a minute." Don't prune those .avi files. Let it go. You will organize later, during a "cleanup date," or, possibly never. It's not fair to the part of your brain that wants to read the New Yorker article on Sara Silverman to split time with the part that wants to cut the article out and put it in a folder. You'll end up like a wacky sitcom episode, dashing from one part of the restaurant to another, and we all know that only ends in tears.




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