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Information resurfaced with Readwise

The glut of information means that we need to review things more than ever. And one of the most useful tools I’ve come across is Readwise. Each day or weekly (up to you), it emails you a dose of your Kindle and Instapaper highlights. Rereading through them not only reminds you of the interesting passages […]

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A plethora of unconsumed content

Movies, books, magazines, music, and podcasts. There’s too much content and too little time. We can try to keep up and multitask or listen to podcasts 2x their speed. But it’s a zero-sum game. The internet never ends. There will always be another Netflix show to catch up on. Yet we mustn’t fret. We only […]

Why some children struggle to hold pencils

According to doctors, you can blame tech for children’s inability to hold pencils. Apparently all that screen time is doing nothing to strengthen their thumb, index, and middle fingers which work together to form one’s basic writing technique. Generation thumbs Having grown up with perpetual swiping and speaking in images and emoji, the next generation is […]

The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org explained in simple terms

There seems to be a lot of confusion out there still between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Think of WordPress.com as the all-in-one site building package that hosts all your content and design, pretty much everything! It’s a one-stop shop that comes with WordPress’s own plugins like Jetpack and WooCommerce. Keep in mind that Automatic is the company […]

The best music to help you focus

Music is a performance-enhancement drug. There’s a reason athletes listen to songs on repeat to pump them up before games. But music’s effect on studying, writing, or doing office work is equally profound. Music is known to increase your productivity by sharpening your focus and putting your brain into a flow state. However, it takes the […]

Have you forgotten how to read books?

We need to relearn how to read books in the digital age. Online reading is a different experience than physical print. For one, the digital experience is stickier because of its dopamine-hitting bells and whistles. We are constantly shifting between articles, apps, and text messages, hijacked by the latest gaze of entertainment. It’s the equivalent […]

Losing control of our attention

Screens are contagious. If we see one person look at their phone, we emulate them like we do catching someone yawn. But the addiction is not totally our fault. With the vibrant colors of apps, the dopamine of Facebook likes and news alerts, on top of serving as a consolidated utility of our camera, wallet, […]

Win back your attention by turning your screen gray 📱⬜👀

The variety of colors on our smartphone screens pop like candy. As advertiser Bruce Barton wrote in his 1925 book In The Man Nobody Knows, “The brilliant plumage of the bird is color advertising addressed to the emotions.” We tap into Instagram, scroll through a few photos, and return to the home screen to bounce […]

Your vocation chooses you

We all start out with a dream, a goal of someone or something we want to emulate. We keep that dream close, putting up bedroom posters and memorizing phrases that propel us to keep pushing toward our goal. But then something else happens along the way? The creative gods tell us to do something else instead. […]

A crisis in boredom

Remember what it was like to be bored before the internet spread its wings of distraction? The newbies won’t confess. With everything available to them at their thumbs, they’ll never know a world where people once stared at walls for nothing. Magazines at the dentist’s office will remain untouched, replaced by the rectangular glow of […]

Stuck in a state of perpetual refresh 🔄

The newest app, the latest iPhone — we make an excuse to spend more time with our smartphones. What can be perceived as self-absorption is also hypnosis, as the phone’s rectangular glow grips us into a ludic loop. Social networks intend to get us out of a trance and sting us into experiencing the world; […]

The music we play

Vinyl, cassette tapes, CDs, and MP3s were at one point mass produced. They were placeholders, meant to expire at the mercy of technological change and evolving listening habits. So if we take the stream, a file-type that’s in infinite cloud-based inventory, what type of file emerges next? The next development will focus on the quality of […]

Don’t let social media use you

Attention is a gift that the social networks want to steal from you. Here’s a simple trick to ward off their magnetism and catch yourself: put the social apps on the fourth home screen. That’s right: make it harder to access Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest with just a couple taps. The design hurdle […]

Move your phone to the living room

Our phones are an escape from reality. We turn to them to avoid the tension of waiting. Immediate gratification helps numb the stress of the moment. It also impedes our progress at work, relationships, and our innovation in general. As Simon Sinek points out in the video below, the two things that take the most […]