Summary of “Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life”

“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”
The most important asset in your life isn’t time, but attention.
You can spend 80 years of a life with as much free time as you want and still not get out of it as much as someone who only lived for 40 years but managed to appropriately direct attention to the things that mattered to them.
Although time is indeed limited, with attention, it can be diluted to expand beyond what most other people get out of the same quantity.
Naturally, these devices and technologies are an important part of modern life, but in order for them to be a net positive force in your life, you have to set boundaries.
Attention has the power to make you happier by helping you appreciate the little things that are easily neglected in day to day life.
Attention can guide you to a fulfilled life by forcing focus onto the things that really matter to you, rather than the things that steal you away.
If you protect and cultivate your attention, there is almost nothing stopping you from living the life you want, because that’s where it all begins.

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Summary of “Sundar Pichai says the future of Google is AI. But can he fix the algorithm?”

Unbeknownst to me, at the very moment on Monday morning when I was asking Google CEO Sundar Pichai about the biggest ethical concern for AI today, Google’s algorithms were promoting misinformation about the Las Vegas shooting.
When the subject isn’t the failure of its news algorithms, Pichai is enthusiastic about AI. There’s not much difference between an enthusiastic Sundar Pichai and a quiet, thoughtful Sundar Pichai, but you get a sense of it when he names a half-dozen Google products that have been improved by its deep learning systems off the top of his head. Google’s lead in doing clever, innovative things with AI is impressive, and the examples Pichai cites can sometimes even verge on inspiring – but there’s clearly still work to do.
Clips is the kind of thing Pichai wants Google to do more of.
For Google, making hardware is about selling products, but it’s also about learning how hardware can better integrate AI. “It’s really tough to drive the future of computing forward if you’re not able to think about these things together,” Pichai says.
“You see very little of that today. My favorite [example] is I open Google Fit [every day] to a certain view, and I navigate to a different view.” One wonders why he doesn’t just wander over to the Google Fit team and ask them to change it.
The reality is that most people associate Android with Google, and so Google has a responsibility for it.
Pichai does believe that Google “Can use Android thoughtfully to help get the right things to happen.” One of those things is improving privacy for the 2 billion-plus people who use it monthly.
During our conversation about getting things right in search, I press Pichai on the fact that Google is beginning to offer feeds of content in the Google app.

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Summary of “Eli Finkel on His Theory of the All-or-Nothing Marriage”

So argues Eli Finkel, a professor of social psychology at Northwestern University in his new book, The All-or-Nothing Marriage.
As Finkel explains, it’s no longer enough for a modern marriage to simply provide a second pair of strong hands to help tend the homestead, or even just a nice-enough person who happens to be from the same neighborhood.
Finkel: That’s obviously a white-collar variation on the theme, but I think up and down the socioeconomic hierarchy, it isn’t totally crazy these days to hear somebody say something like, “He’s a wonderful man and a loving father and I like and respect him, but I feel really stagnant in the relationship. I feel like I’m not growing and I’m not willing to stay in a marriage where I feel stagnant for the next 30 years.”
Finkel: People with college degrees are marrying more, their marriages are more satisfying, and they’re less likely to divorce.
Khazan: What is Mount Maslow? And can you try to reach the top of Mount Maslow and maintain a successful marriage?
The idea of the book is that the changing nature of our expectations of marriage have made more marriages fall short of expectations, and therefore disappoint us.
Finkel: There’s the recalibration strategy, which is fixing an imbalance, not by increasing the investment in the marriage, but by decreasing the amount that we’re asking or demanding of the marriage.
It’s saying, look, “These are things I’ve been asking of the marriage that have been a little bit disappointing to me. These are things that I’m going to be able to get from the marriage but frankly, given what I understand about my partner, myself, and the way the two of us relate, it’s just going to be a lot of work to be able to achieve those things through the marriage.”

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Summary of “Time Blocking: Improve Your Focus And Get More Meaningful Work Done”

What if you could do more things without losing your time? It’s possible.
Time Blocking is simply using your calendar to block time for your most important priorities.
Time Blocking is more than just a productivity tool.
Computer science professor and author of Deep Work, Cal Newport, also uses time blocking.
Time Blocking helps me to improve my focus so I can get meaningful things done.
If you’re lacking focus, not making progress, and want to work in a more organized way, give time blocking a try.
Always schedule more time than you think you need.
You know what that reminds me of? Those kids in school who always said, “Ah dude, I didn’t have time to study for this class,” but always ended up getting straight A’s. People just want to make you believe they don’t work hard.

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Summary of “Bruce Springsteen on Broadway: The Boss on His ‘First Real Job'”

Though I don’t know if I’d be doing this without the experience of doing them.
It happens every time we go to do a tour, you know?
The guys I know who tried it really gave a good shot at it.
It’s one of the nicest feelings in the world for a songwriter because you know what it is to be without that appetite.
Just for your kids – your kids really don’t know much about your life, you know? We had our kids late, I was 40 when our first son was born, and they showed a healthy disinterest in our work over all the years.
As I say in the book, I know a lot of kids who wouldn’t mind seeing 50,000 people boo their parents.
I don’t know how many would want to see those people cheer their parents.
I’m not using my voice – you know, you’re not screaming.

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Summary of “Writing In A Journal Has Helped Me Create My Future And Achieve My Goals.”

Writing in my journal every single day is the glue that holds everything else together.
During these disconnected days, you could spend a good amount of time thinking, relaxing, learning, and then writing in your journal.
It’s good to have your phone with you, but only to act upon insights you get while writing in your journal, while listening/reading a book, or while pondering/reflecting.
Recently while writing in my journal, I got the insight to send flowers to some people who have recently helped me.
There is one thing I believe to be the most essential in the morning: writing in your journal.
Writing in your journal is more powerful than simple meditation for the same reason that writing your goals down is more powerful than leaving them in your head. Meditation and prayer are powerful ways to make your journaling session more effective.
Writing in your journal first thing in the morning is essential for training your subconscious mind to achieve your goals.
As it relates to my own writing, I can spend a few minutes sketching articles ideas in my journal, which then makes writing an actual article 100X faster and easier.

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Summary of “Manage Your Personal Energy To Improve The Quality Of Life”

100% of my happiness comes from only one measure: My energy.
High energy? Good mood, feeling confident, looking forward to the future, chest up, smiling, enjoying myself, and doing whatever the fuck I like.
“What activities destroy my mood and drain my energy?” “What activities make me feel good and give energy?” Before the childish folks go out and say, “I love partying and spending all my money,” I want to say that if you want to be smartass-go and do that somewhere else.
You don’t have to be in a good mood all the time.
You can be in a good mood and go through difficulty.
So It’s better to be in a good mood to make it easier.
You just need to have patience and manage your energy so you can ENJOY the things you do.
Start now by asking yourself: “What’s the one thing I can do today to improve my mood?”.

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Summary of “How To Get Better At One Thing In One Month”

Getting better is the first step to getting great, and the best way I’ve found to get better at anything is to follow this simple formula.
Step 1: Choose One ThingWe all want to get better at lots of things, but the first step to doing so is to focus on one.
Step 2: Clarify Your MotivationDo you know why you want to get better at your one thing?
BTW: Here’s how I approach writing better Medium posts.
Step 4: Do Your Thing At Least Three Times A WeekWe only get better at things when we do them regularly.
In almost all cases you have no chance of getting better at anything in a month unless you commit to do it at least three times a week.
Step 7: Test Your HypothesisThere’s as much chance your hypothesis of how to get better is wrong as there is that it’s right.
The way to get better is to do so one month at a time.

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Summary of “10 Hard Things to Start Doing for Yourself”

We put the hard things off until tomorrow-because the “Weather” is bad-until we’ve lost our edge.
Then one day we wake up and we’re emotionally incapable of doing the hard things that must be done.
If you haven’t pushed yourself in lots of little ways over time-if you always avoid doing the hard things-of course you’ll crumble on the inevitable days that are harder than you expected.
Start putting your heart and soul into the things you do.
You must remind yourself to take a deep breath when things don’t go your way.
The ability to not overreact or take things personally keeps your mind clear, your heart at peace, and yourself moving forward.
When you bring clarity into your life, you bring the best of yourself into everything you do-you tend to treat yourself and others better, communicate more constructively, do things for the right reasons, and ultimately improve the world you’re living in.
Then interesting things begin happening-good things that are outside of your immediate purview-good things you haven’t even thought of yet.

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Summary of “The Most Important Asset in Your Life”

“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”
The most important asset in your life isn’t time, but attention.
You can spend 80 years of a life with as much free time as you want and still not get out of it as much as someone who only lived for 40 years but managed to appropriately direct attention to the things that mattered to them.
Although time is indeed limited, with attention, it can be diluted to expand beyond what most other people get out of the same quantity.
Naturally, these devices and technologies are an important part of modern life, but in order for them to be a net positive force in your life, you have to set boundaries.
Attention can allow you to bypass the limitations imposed by death because it inspires you to better use the time you already have.
Attention can guide you to a fulfilled life by forcing focus onto the things that really matter to you, rather than the things that steal you away.
If you protect and cultivate your attention, there is almost nothing stopping you from living the life you want because that’s where it all begins.

The orginal article.