I’ve been listening to a really great podcast the last few weeks called Hurry Slowly. Last year I wrote about a book I was reading called Unsubscribe by Jocelyn K. Glei. It was a book about how to start using email as a tool to get things done and how to stop allowing email to distract you. It was an excellent book and if you are willing to follow its guidance it can literally change your life.
Well, Jocelyn K. Glei is back except this time it is with a podcast called Hurry Slowly.
”Hurry Slowly is a new podcast about how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down.”
The tag line for the podcast really doesn’t do it justice. Just like the Unsubscribe book, the Hurry Slowly podcast is a well thought out a professionally executed piece of work. Every episode of the podcast is about a different topic that can help you both make your life a little less hectic and stressful all while allowing you to get more out of life and get more done...yes, all of these things can be done at the same time! So far Jocelyn has had a different guest each that talks about an aspect of how to do just that. The first few episodes have been very interesting:
Episode 001 - Jason Fried, the Basecamp co-founder and CEO talks about how to deal with constant daily interruptions. Seriously, this just described my typical day at work so this one really spoke to me.
Episode 002 - Florence Williams the author of The Nature Fix talks about how even small doses of nature can significantly boost your productivity. If you ever needed an excuse to go out for a walk in the woods, a park or a beach give this episode a listen.
Episode 003 - Craig Mod, a designer, talks about how technology today tends to be designed to grab and keep your attention rather than just enabling you to do a task quickly and efficiently and then allow you to move on. Smartphones have permeated our society so much that even having your smartphone sitting near you can drain away your cognitive energy. He also talks about why he thinks the Apple Watch is just about the worst tech product to ever come out because of how distracting it can be. I take a little bit of exception to his dig on the Apple Watch, but I understand and agree with his point. Most people setup and allow the Apple Watch to notify them of WAY too many things and I do not. I use my Apple Watch as a way to keep all but the most critical notifications away from me until I allow myself to be distracted by them. In case you missed it I wrote up a blog post a while back about how I setup my Apple Watch notifications to free myself from being chained to my iPhone.
I can’t recommend this podcast enough. If you find yourself constantly stressed out and you feel like you can never get enough done then its worth your time to give the Hurry Slowly podcast a listen.