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Long time readers of my blog know that I'm a voracious reader. More specifically, a non-fiction reader.

Best business practices, sales/marketing, finance, execution, emotional intelligence, relationships, family, psychology, that sort of stuff.

Intently focused ALWAYS on getting better. A leg-up as it is indeed a dog-eat-dog world out here these days. Maybe that is YOU. 

My friend Mark turned me on to Blinkist sometime back. Additionally, I mentioned it a few blogs back. Reviewing the heat map of my blog, I see that many of you tagged it. Good! For you Apple users, Blinkist is in the app store (thanks Arnold). For Android, Google Play. Conventional www.blinkist.com

What Blinkist does is be a huge time saver.

Blinkist creates a blink or "3-5 page book report" (Blinkist affectionately refers to them as "blinks") version for the terminally time challenged (like me). Audio or visual versions. When I'm on the road, in addition to my podcast app, I connect through Bluetooth and wa-la! Non-fiction topics (like those described above) are like "rocket fuel" for me! Maybe that is YOU.

I'm presently re-visiting "the blink" of David Allen's seminal work on the topic of time management and Getting S*&% Done or "GSD" (from 2002) titled Getting Things Done

In fact, there are too many blinks in this particular book to re-visit in a blog like this one—for instance, Allen suggests creating a "collection bucket" (essentially a brain dump or mind map) to free your mind sufficient to "process" and not intend to use the mind for storage or memory. To do so, introduces considerable stress. I can attest to that! That one alone frees me slightly of the overwhelm and alone is worth the price of admission and will require me to re-wire my neural net in order to act on it.

I would encourage you to take a look (and keep learning as a way to "sharpen your saw" (thanks Stephen)

Instinctively and habitually

In a moment of quiet repose this morning, in my gratitude morning segment, some silent reflection.

As I age, I find that my brain gracefully shifts from an "instant retrieval file cabinet" to a "fighter pilot like central processing unit" or "CPU" (thanks David Allen

I'm very pleased that in the haze of the early AM fog, I have instinctively and habitually (almost customary or unconsciously) ingrained daily habits like:

  • Lock the doors behind me
  • Feed and water the dog
  • Turn out the lights
  • Wash my hands, particularly under the fingernails 
  • Process my urgent, overnight e-mail
  • Close the garage door
  • Log my business miles
  • Ideally, hit the elliptical, walk or recumbent bike
  • Oatmeal breakfast

LOL, after looking at that list, almost OCD.

Seriously, when you can do these things without thinking about them, I find that it "quiets" thus "frees" the mind for the more important things that I choose to do.

For me, I take great comfort (and thus, probably take for granted) that I do these things without thought or hesitation. Sadly "stray thoughts", random and chaotic ricochet all too frequently off my cranium. Sensory overload. Removes some stressors. Five simple steps that bring order to the chaos.

Food for thought.