Ten resolutions for 2017.

It’s funny how taking a week off work can feel so much longer.

This was the first full-on vacation I’ve taken since May. I never checked my work email, Slack, or Zoom. I even unplugged from my non-work projects. (Being under the weather for a few of those days certainly helped with the disconnect.)

That unplugging gave me time to reflect.  Now, as I reboot my routine for 2017, I have a set of resolutions (or themes, or goals…) on my mind for this new year.

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Empathy and self-control.

Empathy depends on your ability to overcome your own perspective, appreciate someone else’s, and step into their shoes. Self-control is essentially the same skill, except that those other shoes belong to your future self—a removed and hypothetical entity who might as well be a different person. So think of self-control as a kind of temporal selflessness. It’s Present You taking a hit to help out Future You.

Source: Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self – The Atlantic

Does time management ruin lives?

Yet as the historian Ruth Cowan demonstrates in her 1983 book More Work for Mother, the result, for much of the 20th century, was not an increase in leisure time among those charged with doing the housework. Instead, as the efficiency of housework increased, so did the standards of cleanliness and domestic order that society came to expect. Now that the living-room carpet could be kept perfectly clean, it had to be; now that clothes never needed to be grubby, grubbiness was all the more taboo. These days, you can answer work emails in bed at midnight. So should that message you got at 5.30pm really wait till morning for a reply?

Source: Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman | Technology | The Guardian

A particularly relevant read as we roll into January. It’s a month of declaring resolutions and setting goals for self-improvement – including time management and productivity, according to Google Trends.

Customization at a lower cost. 

Why do people want page builders? Simple. They offer customers a solution for personalization that mass-produced themes can’t offer, while at a lower price than working with a professional web developer and web designer. Source: Why customers want WordPress Page Builders Page builders are also great for prototyping or building simple websites with minimal resources. … Read more