My name is Steven Irby and I’m a software engineer and digital nomad. I use to live in Portland, OR for many years. Now I live abroad. I live to travel and explore new cities and countries. That’s why I work full-time as a remote software engineer. I live a pretty minimal life style now. Everything, Read More
I’m going to be honest, I don’t read. I always liked the idea of being a reader; constantly learning, expanding myself, and curled up with a nice book. Excited to get started on the latest best seller, book I’ve checked out from the library, or downloaded onto my kindle. However, I don’t do it, and never really have. When I was young kid in school, I dreaded reading time. There very few books I occasionally got into. I think this is why I’ve always been terrible at writing and spelling. (I’m sure readers have noticed)
To be fair to myself, I am a voracious reader… of articles. I LOVE pocket and always find interesting articles from all over the web, to stick in there, and read later. I’m constantly on hacker new, reddit, medium, and reading current news. I am a big fan of long form reading, and think it’s more important than ever; in this world of short attention spans and summary news.
I decided to once and for all change this and try to become a book worm.
I decided I was going to try to commit to reading at least 20 pages a day, everyday. My goal: one book a month. Yes, there might be a day or so I missed my goal, but I could make it up another day. While some books might be longer or shorter, I figure 20 pages a day will be enough to average a book a month. Plus, there are times where I’ll blow way past 20 pages. I hope it will even out, or I’ll actually read more than one a month.
I often find myself needing to tether and use my phone for an internet connection. Like most people, we have limited plans with not much data to spare. Here is how I manage to not use a TON of data or help speed things up.
I use a MacBook so I’ll start here. Sadly, MacOS still does not have a metered connection mode like Windows 10.
TripMode is the go-to app for disabling apps from “calling home” or transmitting any data. Use this to disable data hogs like iTunes or dropbox from syncing. If you are tethering, you only need the basics. Disable everything else.
The nice thing is, the app will automatically detect if the WiFi hotspot you connect to, is a tethered connection.
I love todo lists. During very busy or stressful times, I’m lost without one. I would literately forget very important things that need to get done, if I didn’t have it down in a todo list. It’s supposed to be weapon to help that messy brain stay on track, and do the important things. It should not be there to stress you out and make you feel bad.
I have a feeling most people put way too much down in a todo list. I aim to put at most 3 important things that need to get done that day. Not 5, 10, or 20. That’s not a todo list, that’s a wish list.
Here is how I stay organize. I use an nifty app called wunderlist.
First I have a daily list. This contains the 1-3 most important things I need to get done in a day.
I don’t stress myself out with 50 things in a never ending list. I drop things I need to get done, at one point in the week, into this bucket. I move them from weekly to daily, as I need.
I’m a lucky son of a bitch, and get the help of a part-time assistant. Those are tasks I need to get done, but they will handle. 🙂
I think this one is the most important for not being stressed out. There are things I think of constantly, that I want to do. They’re not super high priority, or they’re a pain in the ass to accomplish.
For example: (clean out the garage, switch bank accounts, fill out will)
This is my bucket where I think of something that needs to get done, but don’t want to stress about it. If I keep thinking about one task in there, it’s a clear sign it really needs to get done. That’s when I move it from future –> weekly –> daily. I scan it often but don’t worry if I don’t get them done this week. Sometimes, I’ll look in there, and thing crap I need to do that! I find it can be a great way to remember something later.
Maybe my system won’t work for you. Still, I think it’s best everyone finds an app/system that works for them.