how’s your email situation?


I’ve been slowly unsubscribing to a lot of newsletters and promotional emails to address my email situation. My inbox is currently housing about 15,000 unread emails and I’m trying to get to the bottom of it.

For the longest time, I felt that I was in control of my inbox, even if it was overstuffed and overflowing with emails calling for my attention. I can decide what to open, hence, I was in control. Wrong.Read More »

why small wins are important to get things done


Tim Herrera’s Smart Living newsletter re-introduced the idea of “micro-progress” and I started thinking more about the concept and how I can apply this in everyday life.

My favorite expansion of this concept is in this post by James Clear. In it, he uses Newton’s laws of motion as analogies for productivity. To wit, rule No. 1: “Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Find a way to get started in less than two minutes.”

Last summer, I discovered bullet journals and have been trying to write down active to-do lists to make sure that I wasn’t missing anything.  I wish that I can say, bullet journaling changed my life, but change doesn’t come that easily.Read More »

sharing is caring #4

pineapple-supply-co-244468.jpgI can’t believe that we are approaching the last days of January! I’ve been busy this week trying to read all the articles based on my newsletter experiment. To be honest, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and started to wonder if I should unsubscribe. Will share more once I conclude the experiment and below are some reads that I found interesting.

Did you know?

An interesting history of coffee and I was horrified to learn that women were banned from NYC coffee shops until 1930s.

Current Big Media universe is more intertwined and interdependent than I’ve ever  imagined and here’s an infographic of the current landscape to help you understand.Read More »

notes from “improving ourselves to death”

samuel-zeller-358865I’ve been enjoying this New Yorker piece and wanted to share my notes and thoughts from this piece. I’m an avid reader of self-help books, however, the more I read, the more I recognize that there needs to be a good middle ground between what they recommend vs. accepting who I am.

And this piece did a really good job explaining our cultural obsession with self-improvement and how we should deal with it. A couple of interesting tidbits from the piece

Cederström and Spicer estimate that the self-improvement industry takes in ten billion dollars a year.

I had no idea that the self-help industry was that big! In comparison, the entire book industry is estimated to be approximately $28 billion dollars per year.Read More »

newsletter experiment to be better informed and productive this year


After writing a post on top 5 self-improvement blogs, I wanted to write a post about interesting newsletters. As I started writing the post, I realized that I only read three out of the dozens of newsletters that I’m subscribed to and the list needed an update.

I started googling for newsletters and stumbled upon various lists of newsletters and decided to conduct an experiment. I’m going to subscribe to ten newsletters and going to keep track of my behavior, such as when I receive it, if I open it, if I read it and was it useful to decide which newsletters on top 5 newsletters to subscribe to.Read More »