Inbox Zero

Inbox Zero… the seemingly unattainable feat.

Here is an easy method to get you to inbox zero:

When you read something, you do one of three things:

If you need to action something in the email, flag it and leave it in the inbox.

If you do not need to action it but you should keep it for future reference, archive it.

If you don’t need it, delete it.

Once you practice this, you’ll see how attainable inbox zero actually is, and you’ll be able to keep up with items requiring your attention or action sent in email. Productivity high-five! 🙌

Getting things done… 

Getting things done… 

You can read hundreds of articles and books on getting things done, and download dozens of the top rated productivity apps in the App Store, but there is one method that many “productivity gurus” seem to forget to mention…

Just sit down and do the fucking work! 

There. That’s the best piece of advice I can give to anyone about productivity. Put one foot in front of the other and start walking. No amount of books or apps can do that for you. Keep it simple, make a task list, cross things off.

Bonus tip: make your bed every morning. It’s one of those items on your list that you can achieve, and by mentally ticking it off, you will set yourself on a path of productivity for the day. It actually works… Try it for a week and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Plus, your bedroom looks 200% neater when the bed is made up! Pros all around! 👌

Here we are again, another chapter, another leaf, another beginning, another step forward, and another phase of my career and this blog.

I haven’t written for a long time. I haven’t written anything substantial in two years. Recently, I had the opportunity to really look at my career path and where I need to focus to be where I want to be, which leads me back to this blog. Sharing my knowledge has always been important for me and this blog allows me to fulfil that need. I’m back on the writing wagon, but with a very different goal in mind.

Most of the unnecessary posts have been pruned (hidden from public view), so my new garden can grow a little neater. If you’re looking for something specific, just send me a note and I’ll email it to you.

Stay tuned to see what’s next!

Knowledge is Free.

Knowledge is Free.

I just watched a documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz. I did not know who he was, I did not know his story, and I did not know how great of an impact he made on the Internet.

Aaron protected the Internet.

If you know nothing about him – Google him.

Over the years, I personally have embarked on a journey which leads me back to this road where information should be free, and non-profitable.

I’m not speaking about piracy, but the free distribution of research papers, and information which would prove helpful to students and researchers. I can’t believe that we have to pay for information that should be readily available on the internet.

My stance is clear: knowledge should be free.

This is why I blog. I give as much information as I can. Yes, the information is part of my bread and butter, but honestly, I can’t profit from every single person out there in a dollars and cents kind of way. Nor do I have the desire to.

I want to live a comfortable life. I want to be able to travel freely and enjoy the latest of technology, and possibly have a family that I can easily provide for, but beyond that, I can’t see myself wanting this lavish lifestyle full of Range Rovers and beach-front mansions.

Blogging is my way of giving back. It’s my way of paying it forward. If I can help at least one person with this blog, then my job is done.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and it’s no coincidence that I happened to watch this story about Aaron (it was not my selection to begin with). The universe is obviously sending a clear message to me.

Today, I want to reaffirm that burning desire to help people. And this is the way I can do it, from behind my keyboard, without being a hacktivist.

But in some ways I am a bit of a disrupter. I say, and will say, things that will disrupt my competitors who are trying to squeeze every last cent out of a business. I believe in fair business, and that you should not be committing fraud to get a few thousand bucks out of a company. Shame on you.

This blog, and the TILT Blog, is where my disruption will occur.

I will continue to publish my knowledge, because although I’m growing a business, I cannot satisfy the world as a business. And someone, somewhere is going to benefit from the madness that happens in my brain.

This is a shift in my focus as I develop into the adult I am to become.

Grab some popcorn, with extra butter.

Losing Control to Gain Sanity

Losing Control to Gain Sanity

For the larger part of a year I’ve been telling myself I need to blog more often. In fact, there are a lot of things that I’ve been telling myself that I need to do, or mentally complain and gripe about things I don’t like, yet still, I do not find the time to actually fix them.

There comes a time in your life where you feel like you’re no longer in control. When life has just picked you up and tossed you into the currents and all you’re doing is trying not to drown. That’s how I feel, every day. All I am doing right now is trying not to drown, but what I should be doing is learning how to freaking swim!

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I’m on Periscope!

So I haven’t blogged for a while. I just haven’t had the time, nor have I been feeling creative.

But I’ve found something I like: Periscope. And I’m officially in love.

I will be live vlogging (video blogging) there. The broadcasts are only available for 24 hours.

Those interested can follow me on Periscope or Twitter, @desireroberts, to know when I’m live. I’ll share (some) broadcasts here when I’m done.

Come and check it out. Ask questions. Pick my brain. This will be fun! LOL

A Saturday morning with BBC Documentaries

A Saturday morning with BBC Documentaries

Good Morning everyone! 

I know you have not heard from me in quite possibly too long; it has not been an easy first quarter of a year. I have neglected this blog a little in the last few months, but I have been struggling to find the time to keep it updated. I’ve made a decision to make the time to do it, rather than write when I have the time.

This morning, I spent my first 30 minutes awake watching a BBC documentary on Africa’s Nile Monitor Lizards and sipping my coffee. Most of you would not have spent the morning rolling in bed and watching documentaries, but I’m like that; I’m fascinated by Africa’s vast yet detailed eco-system. 

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