In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
I’ve worn glasses for a couple years now. In some ways, I’m still getting used to them. Like just how quickly they build up dirt.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to put them on and noticed some spots on the lenses that needed cleaned off. I grabbed a clean cloth, started wiping, and couldn’t believe how much dirt came off! It was a little unsettling.
I had no idea that my glasses had built up that much gunk. For the most part, I could see through them just fine. It was only when I took them off and looked at them instead of through them that I was able to see just how dirty they were.
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
A large part of going paperless means replacing tree-based paper with digital paper—PDFs. They take less space to file, are much more searchable, and don’t cause paper cuts.
OS X has great built-in support for working with PDFs. Any application that can print can create a PDF. The built-in Preview app is a great tool for marking up PDFs. Safari has built-in support for viewing PDFs, so you don’t need to install a plugin. Even iBooks will let you add PDFs to your digital bookshelf.
One trick that will really streamline your digital paper workflow is to take a PDF from one application and immediately open it in another app. Here’s how.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.
In order to score a touchdown, the ball just needs to “break the plane” of the end zone. As soon as any part of the ball crosses into the space above the goal line, it counts. Danny Trevathan learned this the hard way. Joique Bell did it right.
This is an example of the Minimum Effective Dose, a pharmacological term Tim Ferris popularized in The Four-Hour Body (Amazon, iBooks). He gave the example of boiling water: water boils at 212ºF. Heating it to 213º doesn’t make it “more boiled”—it just wastes energy and resources that could be spent somewhere else.
Planning brings the future into the present so you can do something about it now.
As a kid, I loved navigating during long road trips. First with a fifty-state road atlas, then with those foldable state maps you pick up at the tourist info centers they have just inside the state line. I learned a lot about geography pouring over those.
Today, navigation is GPS and the Maps app on your smartphone. Instead of a static representation that we need to track our progress across, we have turn-by-turn directions, and the map follows us as we move. We always know right where we are in a changing landscape.
Unfortunately, many of us are still using a view of the week that’s closer to a folding map than a GPS. If we’re not careful, we can miss a turn and get lost.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Try as we might, we can’t convince our daughter to eat her vitamin first. “It tastes like chalk.” I know, sweetheart. I ate them when I was a kid, and they probably had more sugar then.
So every morning, it sits there, in the corner of her placemat, looming over her while she eats. No matter how much we encourage her, she refuses to eat it. We try to explain that if she would eat it first, she would get it out of the way and be done with it. She could get the chalky taste out of her mouth by following it up with milk or a waffle dipped in syrup. She just shakes her head and seals her lips.
We all have our vitamins, and the same stubborn refusal to eat them and get it over with. How much of your life are you spending making yourself miserable by putting off the inevitable?