Nursing Finally Gets On Alltop

Nursing has finally made onto Alltop, developers of Truemors. Yours truly is linked there too. Alltop, confirmation that I kick assPixel RN, who developed an Alltop-like aggregator Orientedx3, succeeding in convincing founder Guy Kawasaki to add Nursing to its many categories. Go ahead, check it out and bookmark it. We have Twitter to thank for this development. How to change the world indeed.

It’s exciting to finally see nursing get its Alltop page. My hope now is that quality content all of kinds within nursing can now be displayed for use by the nursing community and the public at large.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Anderson for getting nursing finally to the top of the web on Alltop!

Social Media Will Own Your Mind If You…

Do you own or rent your mind? How much equity do you have in your peace of mind? If you’re not careful, social media will own [your] mind and then rent out the space to people you’ll never even meet. If you mindlessly engage in social media, it’s easy to lose track of time, and time is life. Offered here: four pillars to maintain equity in your own mind.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James

1. ASK: WILL ANYBODY DIE IF I DON’T SIGN UP?

It’s OK to ignore these tools. Perhaps your income depends on them. Well that’s fine, don’t listen to me then. Keep on signing up for as long as your bank account grows. It’s good for the economy.

But if you want peace of mind, you’re going to have to know what to ignore. Not every social media tool is necessary. Besides, as long as guys like Robert Scoble are around, you can be pretty sure that someone else is performing reliable testing.

Claim your name on the latest social medium before someone else does if you wish, just to be safe. But don’t go nuts thinking that the world’s fate rests on the next biggest thing. The Titanic was the next biggest thing.

2. KNOW THAT 3.2 HOURS PER DAY IS YOUR MAXIMUM 20%

Assuming that you sleep 8 hours everyday, that leaves 16 hours of potential productivity. 20% of that is 3.2 hours.

But if you consider your productive time to be closer to 8 hours, then your 20% is just 1.6 hours. So if you work between 8 and 16 hours, you have a maximum of 3.2 hours to get your best in. If that time is spent the wrong way, then 80% of your day is that much more wasted.

According to my rough calculations, then, most of us have about one and a half hours to focus on how to achieve 80% of our work. If you believe 80% of your productivity comes from social media, break your time up into three half-hour sessions. Try it for a week and evaluate your results. Refine accordingly.

3. MINDFULNESS IN ACTION

For your 20% to really pay off, you are going to need to be as mindfully engaged in your activity as possible.

  • Take note of your breathing
  • Be aware of what exactly you’re accomplishing with every online social transaction
  • Use an alarm clock to stop what you’re doing and meditate on your 20%

If you find yourself overwhelmed by it all, admit that you have a problem. It’s OK; you’re not alone. Talk to your closest friends, go for a walk, get a milkshake or schedule a session with a competent therapist. Forget stigma; think oil change. Your mental health is the most profitable asset you’ll ever have.

4. PERSONAL INTERACTION

Take time to know who are the most important one to three people in your network. They don’t need to be A-listers. In fact, they aught to be people you’ve met, people whom you know and trust.

Engage these contacts. Meet them at least once a week. Tweet up if it makes you happy. Do something old-school: hand-write them thank-you notes for being there for you or buy something cheap but fun.

Questions for Commenters:

  • What do you do to ensure you’re not renting your mind to the social media Borg?
  • How do you measure the effect of social media on your own peace of mind?
  • Are these four pillars useful?

Image: Etringita’s Photostream

Twelve Questions Concerning Your Bliss

Follow your bliss. That’s what Joseph Campbell once told me. Well, he said so on TV and I thought that he was speaking to me. But he was speaking to you too.

I don’t believe that bliss is a state, place or destination. I think that bliss is more of a stream of questions that fills our ignorance with wisdom. I suppose we have to plunge into that stream and follow it wherever it goes.

We live in a time when questioning is perhaps our most reliable technology. So here are twelve questions, or disciples if you like, to follow:

  1. Do you know how remarkable you are?
  2. Can you get creative when your plans and your work no longer have meaning?
  3. Do you know how to feel inexplicably elated when you face your next layoff?
  4. Do you plan your work and work your plan?
  5. Who would you rescue from the dark side?
  6. Do you know how to deal with terrorists and with the people who don’t?
  7. How are you different from your enemies?
  8. Could it be that if we were less serious then we’d more responsible?
  9. Do you think that what you make is proof of what you think?
  10. What are we proving with the kind of world we’re making?
  11. Do you trust that if you follow your bliss then the Force will get your back, always?
  12. Could this thing be a compass?:

I know the list seems random at points. But there are so many stumbles along our path and they can be pretty random.

When Joseph Campbell told us to follow our bliss, I think he meant it literally. We know that we are supposed to follow our bliss, but for some reason many of us suffer from spiritual ADHD. What gets us off the path?

I’m looking for collective answers, because I think we might be entering a dark time.

DEAR READER:

What questions do you think are important for our time?

What’s your bliss? Are you following it? If not, what are you following?


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