Stoic Parenting in the Age of Distraction by Meredith Kunz
Getting news only from print newspapers may be extreme and probably not for everyone.
I spent most of my daytime hours shoveling digital snow.
Watching a 45-minute X-Files rerun just pushes the rest of my life 45 minutes back, and something somewhere must be falling off the far end.
20 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise has been shown to improve mood and make people feel better for 12 hours afterwards.
I can tell you what outfit and hairstyle Beyoncé posted on social media last week, but I couldn’t tell you where in the world she was, what the inside of her house looks like or even which continent her primary residence is on.
Taking the time to compose from the heart and write messages by hand is a personal touch that I’ve wanted to impart as a way to say a) I’m a real person, b) real people work at SoundCloud, and c) thank you for being part of the community.
The worst part was the guilt. I felt enormously guilty every second I wasn’t doing something
The car needs an oil change, the kids need haircuts, the dog needs to have his teeth cleaned at the vet. Did you schedule any of that yet? Do you have a grocery list? What’s for dinner, anyway?
Lots of us know how to work long hours, but few of us understand how to work a single productive hour.
At the end of each workday, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
About 82 percent of women and 78 percent of men who got lung cancer might have prevented it through healthy behaviors. About 29 percent of women and 20 percent of men might have prevented colon and rectal cancer. About 30 percent of both might have prevented pancreatic cancer. Breast cancer was much less preventable: 4 percent.
I’m going to make everything dope. I’m going to make a world. Cuz the thing is, an album doesn’t mean anything.
"So it goes with the fiction we read, the movies we watch, the music we listen to and, scarily, the ideas we subscribe to. They’re not challenged. They’re validated and reinforced"
Here, a fridge hides bundles of kale and unspeakable amounts of sprouted, ancient grains.
Love and spirituality and gratitude are found in personal connection. Not in an email response.
If we don’t teach our kids to be alone, we will teach them to be lonely.
I say, OK! Let’s see this amazing product you’ve built! This shrine that inspired four million people to become your fans. And they look at each other, and they look at me, and they say, Product? Shrine?
Once we’ve spent some time soaking up the source material and filling up on the world, we have to start chipping away, simplifying, and reflecting all the while.
we often connect to people we don't know and disconnect from the people that we do.
a good night's sleep means a better tomorrow
I even slept with my phone by my side. It was what I fell asleep watching, and it was the alarm that woke me up.
What have we done with our dusk?
A research paper published in the Journal of Affective Disorder in 2013 (four years after the first lights were installed) found that there was an 84 percent decrease in suicides at stations with the blue lights. The exact reason why the lights are effective isn’t known, but some researchers theorize that it’s related to the apparent positive effect of light on mood.
Antarctic personnel also have to cope with the challenges of getting a good night’s sleep in the constant daylight of the polar summer and 24-hour winter darkness.
What do you get the species that has everything?
Study after study has proven that sleep is practically a performance enhancing drug. Whether or not you believe it, the blue spectrum light from tablets and smartphones actually messes with our ability to fall asleep
indle knows when we can’t put a book down, when we plunge ourselves into an author’s world far too late into the night, on a weeknight, when the next day is most definitely not a holiday.
When you wake up at 3:10, you feel as if you live two days in one day. Between 3:10 and whenever I make breakfast, I am more productive than I am for the rest of the day.
It’s early and dark. The alarm sounds, and you reach over to switch it off. After a short pause, you sit up. You swing your legs off the bed, touch the floor with your feet, and reach for your phone.
I keep coming back to pen and paper for my daily list. Why? Persistent visibility, portability, and freeform entry
Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself.
There is so little surprise left in our lives, thanks to the Internet.
For that one hour, though, I didn’t think about any of this. I just ran.
You feel free somehow. You’re efficient, carrying only what you need to survive and your journal to record the journey. As you focus on the trail ahead, you feel a fire deep inside, pushing you forward. You’re prepared not for any possible scenario, nor for comfort, but for survival and adventure.
And the worst part is, we’re so conditioned to want things that when we actually get them, we don’t truly enjoy them; we just find something else to want.
What I figured out so far is the notes I take are primarily for today. They are for noting all the things which I have happening that day, and not really meant to be carried forward into the next day. It is short term information with a few long term things scattered in.
It’s okay not to know.
Boredom is your imagination calling to you. It’s important to go inside, it’s important to cultivate your inner life. When you experience boredom, your brain isn’t bored at all. The brain is laying down those parts of the brain associated with a stable autobiographical memory. So it isn’t good for us to flee from any moment of boredom by going to a phone, yet that’s what’s happening.