One thing, I’ve been really focusing is getting rid of stuff, and here’s a short list of things what I’ve removed my computer:
- Tons of old emails (pardon me something important went there, but I just had too much stuff there – now it’s all “archived”). I’m also cleaning my inbox and arraging it differently. Most of the stuff I get goes right to the archive/trash pile from now on.
- I’m also removing more email stuff, in fact, I’m checking out if I could remove email from my computer – and move it solely to gmail & use it only from iPod Touch (Maybe in some emergency case I could have it on computer too). (More on this below)
- I removed Twitter access (Tweetdeck program) from my computer. It’s now only in my iPod Touch. My work computer cannot handle it anymore.
- I’m still pondering if I should switch this blog to a new platform to help publishing, although WordPress has done an app which should be able handle many things. I check this out. I’m considering switching to tumblr.com – it seems to be easy platform to publish stuff.
- I’m also thinking what I will do with the Insiders system. Answering emails about the service takes some extra time, and while it’s not so much about time, but also about focus. We have nice 100ish members community and place to discuss things & ask for help. I could just focus on “being member” instead of thinking of getting new members in.
Why remove email and twitter programs?
Email is very close to necessity, and twitter is good tool for various stuff (networking, keeping in touch with the industry etc.) but when these programs are on my main computer, they are also a distraction. It’s so easy to “check email” or “check twitter” in case “there’s something”. I’ve removed Tweetdeck and have it only on my ipod. Now checking if I can do the same for my email and see how it goes.
Since iPod touch isn’t fast to type, it also forces me to send short & to the point messages.
Dunno if this works, but the good thing about trying stuff is that you can always switch back.
It’s in my interest to minimize distractions/projects/stuff… to have even more room to focus.