This was the year that I upgraded a ton of technology.
My best buy was this --
So much better than headphones for listening to audiobooks. I overpaid for it (about $100 for it at the airport, it's around $60 on Amazon) but still absolutely a good move. Highly recommended, audiobooks are one of those huge edges for getting new knowledge during otherwise deadtime.
Lol the reading had me for a second too. On longer drives I'll listen to podcasts etc and I love it. But getting in and out of the car, unplugging (phone) replugging it can be a pain.
Thus I can definitely see the bluetooth being helpful.
Sebastian, you know what, I went out and bought one of these upon reading your post.
It's fantastic man, i've always wanted to catch up on audios while i'm reading but bringing out the earphone and then plugging it in etc just makes me put things off.
I just listened to half an hour of an audio i've been putting off for weeks. And the pairing works like a charm, had it working right off the bat.
Great recommendation man!
That's a good point, man.
We need to train our mind to not answer for every impulse that we have, otherwise our life will be a hell. I mean, it already is, that's why we need some training (here comes meditation).
Just remember when you can't work because you keep opening new tabs and browsing non-related sites. That's one way those impulse show up on us.
I'll try to write about this, sooner or later.
Will definitely think about getting one when I have some free cash. I tried your audiobook suggestion, but yeah, fiddling with headphones proved to be such a barrier as to make it feel not worth it, unless I have a really long stretch of downtime.
Devil's Advocate: from practicing meditation, I've started to feel that sometimes one should embrace boredom. Yes, really. Think of it as endurance excercise for your brain. Did you see Tim Ferriss' "media fast" idea? My brain has enough distraction/entertainment/information to snack on, sometimes it needs a diet.
What would you say to this perspective?
So you use it while lifting weights?
I feel like one ear wouldn't be loud enough/effective enough..
Do you listen to audio books while lifting?
Why do you prefer this to regular headphones for listening to audiobooks?
To not eliminate yourself from the outside world completely?
It seems really good. But, only iPhone, right?
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I love Audible. They get it.
They're doing the $5 book sale thing again, so I'm basically copying my "Amazing. I just bought 32 audiobooks for $158" post from a few months ago here.
If you're a reader and audiobook person at all, then this might be the best sale you've ever seen. Audible just announced 200+ titles for $4.95 each. There's some good ones in there, too.
Last time, I got 32 of them. Most of those are on sale again, I just found 11 more I like and bought them for $55 -
I, Claudius $4.95 Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History $4.95 Mere Christianity $4.95 The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable $4.95 Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1 $4.95 Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant $4.95 Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along $4.95 A Confederacy of Dunces $4.95 The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West $4.95 The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World $4.95 The Free World $4.95
I've really been thinking a lot about future vs. present, ever since reading The Time Paradox. Do you live every day like it's your last, do you save everything for the future, or do you find a happy medium?
One of the conclusions that I've come to, which might be blatantly obvious to everyone but me, is that time management should be exactly like money management. It's the same problem: how do you use a finite resource throughout your whole life for maximum benefit?
Thinking of time like money rules out the extreme ends of the spectrum. We all know what it looks like when someone spends every dollar they get as soon as it's dropped into their hands, and none of us envy that person (although some imitate him). Saving everything and never spending any money isn't that great of an idea, either. What's the point of having money if it gets buried next to you?