Overcoming Digital FOMO
One reason people succumb to digital clutter like clogged inboxes and excessive browser tabs is that they’re being too clingy with digital content. There’s an overwhelm of digital content, and you may feel the need to capture and save lots of it, hopefully to be digested later. Having an intelligent capture system can help, but it’s also wise to reduce the flow if you’re frequently overflowing your inboxes with new ideas. Here are some tips to help you overcome digital clinginess. Test being 100% caffeine-free for at least a month. Regular caffeine consumption can make it harder to prior...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - December 22, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Productivity Source Type: blogs

Signs of a Weak Capture System
A common sign that you have a weak or under-utilized system for capturing and organizing your tasks and projects is that you’re trying to use some non-system as a substitute. This includes bad habits such as these: Leaving browser tabs open that aren’t related to the current taskLeaving emails sitting in your inbox after you’ve read them the first timeHaving cluttered inboxes in other appsUsing any messaging app to remember some to-do itemsHaving messy and disorganized reference storage on any devices (hard drives, SSD storage, USB sticks, SD cards, cloud storage, etc)Unprocessed physical clutter, e...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - December 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Productivity Source Type: blogs

How to Handle People Who Easily Become Defensive
I had a great realization when going through Dr. Julie Helmrich’s Science of Conflict course recently. One idea from that course helped me make sense of an issue that had been popping up now and then in my relationships. She noted that a key reason that people become defensive during conflict is that their inner critic gets triggered. They’ve already gone through many rounds of internal conversation with this inner critic. So when a problem or issue is raised as if it’s new, it’s really not new. The other person is probably well aware of it. They’ve already beat themselves up for it many ti...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - December 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Emotions Relationships Source Type: blogs

One Browser Tab Only
It scares me when people tell me they have 10+ web browser tabs regularly open at the same time. For some it’s well into the dozens. This isn’t intelligent behavior; it will have a negative impact on your mental functioning if you make this a habit. How is it possible to have 10+ browser tabs open regularly and not have some part of you crying out to learn single-handling? You probably don’t even see how distracted your mind is while doing this. If you’ve been doing this long enough, it may even seem normal for you. That’s a dreadful situation to find yourself in. I suggest you break the...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - December 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Lifestyle Productivity Source Type: blogs

One Browser Tab Only
It scares me when people tell me they have 10+ web browser tabs regularly open at the same time. For some it’s well into the dozens. This isn’t intelligent behavior; it will have a negative impact on your mental functioning if you make this a habit. How is it possible to have 10+ browser tabs open regularly and not have some part of you crying out to learn single-handling? You probably don’t even see how distracted your mind is while doing this. If you’ve been doing this long enough, it may even seem normal for you. That’s a dreadful situation to find yourself in. I suggest you break the...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - December 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Lifestyle Productivity Source Type: blogs

Can You Trust a Life of Fun?
During my late teens, each time I got caught shoplifting and had to deal with the consequences, my mind would dwell on what I could have done differently. I went over and over different actions I could have taken to avoid the arrest. This helped me get better at shoplifting. Each arrest or near-arrest made me refine my techniques. I learned to shoplift more valuable items and at lower risk. I started out stealing candy bars and cassette tapes. Several months later I was stealing video games and small electronics like telephone-answering machines – remember those? Then I progressed to larger items like TVs, cutlery ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - December 18, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Emotions Lifestyle Values Source Type: blogs

Can You Trust a Life of Fun?
During my late teens, each time I got caught shoplifting and had to deal with the consequences, my mind would dwell on what I could have done differently. I went over and over different actions I could have taken to avoid the arrest. This helped me get better at shoplifting. Each arrest or near-arrest made me refine my techniques. I learned to shoplift more valuable items and at lower risk. I started out stealing candy bars and cassette tapes. Several months later I was stealing video games and small electronics like telephone-answering machines – remember those? Then I progressed to larger items like TVs, cutlery ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - December 18, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Emotions Lifestyle Values Source Type: blogs

Can You Trust a Life of Fun?
During my late teens, each time I got caught shoplifting and had to deal with the consequences, my mind would dwell on what I could have done differently. I went over and over different actions I could have taken to avoid the arrest. This helped me get better at shoplifting. Each arrest or near-arrest made me refine my techniques. I learned to shoplift more valuable items and at lower risk. I started out stealing candy bars and cassette tapes. Several months later I was stealing video games and small electronics like telephone-answering machines – remember those? Then I progressed to larger items like TVs, cutlery ...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - December 18, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Steve Pavlina Tags: Emotions Lifestyle Values Source Type: blogs