The difference between time and attention – Signal v. Noise

Jason Fried shared some great insight on time and attention today:

What I don’t have – and what I can’t squeeze in – is more attention. Attention is a far more limited resource than time.

My only complaint is when he said time and attention “aren’t even related”. Not true!

They are related. Time is the total number of hours and minutes available to you. He’s correct to say that attention is far more limited, though. You have sleep, meals, and required meetings/errands/appointments/etc. The time left is what you have available to divide up as you choose. Attention is what you choose to do in that time.

And that’s where things get challenging.

Building Better Defaults

Great inspiration from Shawn Blanc:

Doing a little bit on a regular basis is far more powerful than doing a whole lot at once. It’s also far more sustainable.

But we despise doing a little bit on a regular basis. We live in a culture that craves microwave results. And thus, we have acquired a thirst for instant gratification.

His email newsletter is amazing. Do yourself a favor: click through, read the latest, and subscribe.

Streaming Music is Ripping You Off

A fascinating look at the payment model used by streaming services vs. the subscriber share method, which seems like a the better option hands down. If you use streaming music services, do yourself a favor and click through to read the whole thing.

And I am definitely on board with this “silent” protest to help push for change:

For the month of September, let’s stream indie bands 24/7 non-stop, with the volume turned down to one.

One Year On

Prior to the previous weekend, I stumbled upon an article that mentioned the first anniversary of Ferguson. I was shocked. Had it really been that long? It felt like just a few months ago.

But then I realized it hadn’t felt like a year because of the constant stream of police-related violence and deaths over the past year. How many? A lot. Like 1,091 a lot. (Mapped and featured on, courtesy of the non-profit Fatal Encounters.)
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Mindy Kaling's Guide to Killer Confidence

Mindy Kaling’s advice is stellar:

Confidence is just entitlement. Entitlement has gotten a bad rap because it’s used almost exclusively for the useless children of the rich, reality TV stars, and Conrad Hilton Jr., who gets kicked off an airplane for smoking pot in the lavatory and calling people peasants or whatever. But entitlement in and of itself isn’t so bad. Entitlement is simply the belief that you deserve something. Which is great. The hard part is, you’d better make sure you deserve it. So, how did I make sure that I deserved it?


People talk about confidence without ever bringing up hard work. That’s a mistake. I know I sound like some dour older spinster chambermaid on Downton Abbey who has never felt a man’s touch and whose heart has turned to stone, but I don’t understand how you could have self-confidence if you don’t do the work.

There you have it, kids… confidence = entitlement + hard work. The last part of that equation gets forgotten quite often, unfortunately.