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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?

Fraser Speirs's picture

One of the best things...

One of the best things I did recently was to turn off the new-item-dock-indicator in NetNewsWire. It's still running, still up to date, but it just removes the Pavlovian ding-ding telling me that the brain-candy jar has just been refilled.

And you know what? I often forget to check it.




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