Limit your information intake. In our lives today, we get a tremendous amount of information through email, blog feeds, reading websites, paperwork, memos, newspapers, magazines, television, DVDs, radio, mobile phones and Blackberries. Not only can this be overwhelming, but it can be distracting and can fill up your life until you have no time for more important things. Go on a media fast to get control over your information intake, and to simplify your life
“Research cited by Marie Winn demonstrates that watching television at the expense of reading discourages active thinking; diminishes the imagination; inhibits the ability to think abstractly and perform complex symbolic transformation; damages the ability to concentrate; and can become addictive by causing brain changes analogous to drug-induced states” – quote from “The Thinker’s Way” by John Chaffee.
I am reading the ‘The World is Flat’ by Thomas Friedman. In the first chapter, talking about call center operators and the fact that they are more that willing to make sacrifices such as having to adapt a western name and ascent at work and having to work oddball hours, Friedman says,
“And needless to say, it is much easier and more satisfying for them to work hard in Bangalore then to pack up and try and make a new start in America. In the flat world they can stay in India, make a decent salary, and not have to be away from families, friends food and culture. At the end of the day, these jobs actually allow them to be more Indian.”
That last statement of his very aptly explains the “why” of those sacrifices. It made me realise something. Outsourcing seems to be doing much more than “economic good” for India. It is letting Indians be Indians and to my mind there is nothing more than that a country could ask for.
All of us know time has far greater power than money. Despite that, we give negligible thought when it comes to spending time as compared to the thought we give to spending money.
So far, wasting time was not catastrophic but 21st century and onwards it will be. The successful man will not be he who knows how to use his money but it will be he who makes the best use of his time. That’s reality.
So, for everything I spend time on, I have started asking myself, Does It Really Matter? I would suggest you do to.
What you want may not be what you really need. Be very careful about what you ask for, for you might get it, only to find out that you ended up with a pile of gold while all you needed to be happy was a bagfull.
Fill Up in the Morning
Not many people know this, but gas is a liquid that expands and contracts, depending on its temperature. By filling up your tank in the coolest part of the day, you will actually be getting more gasoline for your money, as it will have contracted overnight.
Buy on Tuesday or Wednesday
Gas prices are elevated in the latter part of the week in anticipation of the weekend rush. As such, you should buy your gas earlier in the week, but not too early. Weekend prices still linger at many stations on Monday morning.