Eliminando email del iPhone – 4 Dias después.

Yo amo mi iPhone. el problema en las palabras de Jake Knapp: “No puedo manejar infinito en mi bolsillo”

Mientras escribo mi próximo libro, el cual habla de trabajar #SoloiPad he analizado en detalle y me tomado el tiempo de revisar algunos de mis flujos de trabajo asi como al escribir el capitulo sobre como el iPhone complementa el iPad me a obligado a ver en detalle como estaba usando mi iPhone.

Como dije el Martes, tristemente mi uso aparentemente es mas para efectos de distracciones que para ayudarme a enfocarme. Paso simplemente demasiado tiempo revisando email (mucho mas de lo que yo pensaba) aun cuando tiendo a revisar y a procesar email en el iPad. Ademas pienso que paso horas revisando vínculos que me llevan a otros vínculos. Fue por esa razón que decidí apagar el acceso al email y de ese mismo modo el acceso a Safari y a Google Chrome.

Igualmente dije el martes, cuan interesante se me había hecho la cantidad de veces que llegue a la configuración de la pantalla en el iPad, aun cuando en ese mismo momento estaba trabajando en el iPad.

Después de horas sin un navegador, decidí volver a activar Safari y Chrome el viernes en la mañana. En primer lugar, ahora que se que no extraño el email en mi iPhone (al menos no lo he extrañado mucho en estos cuatro días) necesito revisar si el navegador es realmente una distracción o es solo el email.

Asi que decidí volver a encender el navegador y volver a bajar Google Chrome (el navegador que uso para trabajar) y sigo probando. Como dije estaba probando si email y el web son los mayores distractores en mi teléfono, pero teniendo 1Password como navegador de emergencia me di cuenta que quizá el navegador no es una distracción tan grande como pensé, por ello decidí volver a activar los navegadores y probar.

Puedo decir que en los últimos cuatro días he extrañado email una vez. Lo interesante es que no fue para recibir como originalmente pensé que seria nada sino para enviar. Aun no tengo la solución perfecta, y puede ser que no la tenga para el momento en el que termine de escribir el libro de #SoloiPad, pero sin duda esta prueba ha sido algo interesante y estoy contento de haberlo hecho.

La parte mas interesante de esta prueba es cuanto estoy usando mi iPhone para otras tareas y eso es bueno, porque no estoy constantemente distraído con email. No se si voy a mantener email apagado para siempre, pero al menos por ahora.

Killing Email from the iPhone

I am not the first one with this idea, but what will happen if you stop reading emails on the iPhone. The reality is that I prefer to process email on the iPad, but lately I have been noticed that I have so many read emails when I open email on the iPad, so I am reading, but I am no processing. I begin noticed that I am opening email on the iPhone looking for something, (don’t ask me what, because honestly I don’y know) and I am not processing emails.

I have write a lot about distraction, focus and concentration. I have joked for years that one of those things that I am really, really good, is that I can distract myself better than any one, I am really good at it.

When I make my iPad my main machine I did it looking for more focus and concentration as well as to be able to be more effective. I am even writing a book about living #iPadOnly with Michael Sliwinski that will be released soon.

I am not the first person that it is considering what their iPhones are doing on their pockets, Stephen Hackett try to get rid of his iPhone (regardless of the fact that he failed, the exercise was the important part), Jake Knapp, Robin Sloan, Peter Cohen, Michael De Groote among others are getting rid (or trying) or simply limiting the iPhone capabilities to keep the tool as a productive tool and not only as a simple distraction tool.

The reality is that if my iPhone stop being a productive tool or even worse it is a distraction tool; why I want to have it? I really don’t need to have a distraction on my pocket. That far I understood, but it wasn’t clear for me what was the precise problem until I read this post. Since then I have been thinking on this, and giving it an honest time to journal and think about it.

I have done many things in order to improve my Focus and Concentration, I begin my day at 4:00 A.M, I respect agreements, I have learn to say NO to myself with intention, I live a live with much less things, I have simplify many things, except my iPhone…

When you read Jake Knapp article at Medium there is a line that hit me really hard, he says he can’t handle “infinity in (his) pocket.” and if I am honest, me neither. I can handle infinity period. I work better on situations that I can be limited, it is in part why I love to work on my iPad, I remove the infinity power of the equation and leave the effective working only.

He also wrote: “I don’t have what you’d call the world’s greatest attention span,” and to be honest mine is also terrible. If mine will be great I would had not had spend years trying to discover focus and concentration. I really struggle with this and it is because of that, that I have found any and all different ways to prevent distractions so I can use my attention.

I am not saying I am getting rid of my iPhone, I am just going to stop checking emails on it. At least temporarily. The idea is to eliminate the distractions, the reality is that I prefer to process email on the iPad, so checking then on the iPhone the only thing that generates it is that sometimes I check email more than once (ok, more like one thousand but you got the idea). I wasn’t aware how many times I was doing this until I turn the email off on the iPhone and got this screen a lot.20130423-072246.jpg

My iPad it is with me most of the time, and I can tether to check emails there. If the iPad it is not there I should not be checking email, so I better do other stuff with the phone, or nothing at all. My main machine is an iPad.

The problem is that email give me a window of distraction bigger than what I can handle. It was interesting a soon as I turn the email on the iPhone I stop pulling my iPhone from my pocket. (ok it was like I got nervous and eventually stopped)

You may ask, what if you are traveling and need to check an email? I can always turn email ON again if I am out of about and need to access it for some reason. The goal is not to do it every second.

I got rid of my email on the MacBook years ago, when I adopt the iPad as my main machine because the iPad was a better processing experience. I may say that recently Mike Vardy ruined for me a little that experience when he bring to my attention that you can’t sort email to show the oldest first. (thanks Mike!) It’s been bothering me since he mentioned. I hope to find a solution for that or maybe I can add it to someone wish list for iOS7.

There had been less than 24 hours since I turn email on the iPhone, I have seen the configuration screen more times that what I am willing to admit, but I have not missed email on the iPhone for a second. Last night as I was out and about I want it to check for something, pull the iPad, connect it to the web tethering with my iPhone and checked that the email I was expecting had not arrived yet. It was at that moment that I noticed that if I would had email on my iPhone I would had most likely review thousand of times instead of one. So far, I call this a success.

Eliminando email del iPhone

No soy la primera persona que tiene esta idea, pero, ¿has imaginado que pasaría si dejaras de leer el correo electronico en el iPhone? La realidad es que yo prefiero procesar correo en el iPad, pero últimamente he notado que tengo muchos correos que he leído pero que no fueron procesados. Empece a notar que constantemente ando abriendo la aplicación de correos en el iPhone buscando por algo (no me pregunten que, porque honestamente no lo se) y no estoy procesando mis emails.

He escrito mucho sobre distracciones, enfoque y concentración. He bromeado por años que una de esas cosas en las que soy realmente bueno es que me puedo distraer a mi mismo mejor que nadie. Soy realmente bueno haciendo eso.

Cuando convertí mi iPad en mi maquina principal lo hice buscando poder concentrarme mas y poder enfocarme mejor para poder asi ser mas efectivo. Inclusive estoy escribiendo un libro #SoloiPad con Michael Sliwinski que debe salir al mercado pronto.

No soy la primera persona que considera la presencia de su iPhone en su bolsillo, Stephen Hackett trato de eliminar el iPhone (independientemente del hecho de que fallo, el ejercicio es la parte importante), Jake Knapp, Robin Sloan, Peter Cohen, Michael De Groote entre otros están eliminando (o tratando) o limitando las capacidades de sus teléfonos para poder mantener la utilidad de la herramienta y que no solamente sea un elemento de distracción.

La realidad es que si mi iPhone deja de ser una herramienta productiva o peor aun se convierte un una herramienta de distracción; ¿para que lo quiero? No necesito llevar conmigo una distracción constante en mi bolsillo. Hasta ese punto estaba claro, pero lo que no estaba claro para mi era cual era el problema real hasta que leí este articulo. (ingles) Desde entonces he estado pensando mucho en ello, y le me he dado un tiempo para pensar y escribir al respecto.

He hecho muchas cosas para mejorar mi habilidad de concentrarme y enfocarme. Empiezo mi día a las 4:00 A.M, respeto mis acuerdos, he aprendido a decir que NO a mi mismo con intención, vivo una vida con muchas menos cosas, he simplificado muchas cosas, menos… mi iPhone.

Cuando leí el articulo de Jake Knapp en Medium (ingles) hubo una linea que me llego duro al corazón, cuando dice que el no puede manejar: “infinito en su bolsillo.” y honestamente, yo tampoco. No puedo manejar infinito. Trabajo mejor cuando estoy limitado, es esa la razón por la que en parte me encanta trabajar con el iPad, al eliminar el poder infinito de la ecuación todo lo que me quedo fue la habilidad de trabajar efectivamente.

También escribió: “Yo no tengo lo que podríamos llamar la mayor capacidad de atención del mundo” y para ser honesto la mia es horrible. Si la mia fuera buena no hubiese pasado tantos años tratando de identificar como mejorar mi enfoque y mi concentración. Para mi es una lucha constante con esto y por esa razón es que buscado maneras de evitar distracciones y a usar mi atención de mejor manera.

No estoy diciendo que voy a deshacerme de mi iPhone, lo que estoy diciendo es que voy a dejar de revisar el correo en el. Al menos de manera temporal. La idea es eliminar las distracciones, la realidad es que de cualquier modo yo prefiero revisar correo en mi iPad, asi que revisándolos en el teléfono solo genera que en muchos casos estoy revisando el email mas de una vez (ok, mas bien como mil veces, pero entendiste la idea) No estaba consciente de cuantas veces estaba haciendo esto hasta que apague el email en el iPhone y esta pantalla empezó a aparecer constantemente.20130423-072246.jpg

Mi iPad esta a mi lado la mayoría del tiempo, y puedo conectarme al internet por medio del teléfono para leer mis correos allá. Si no tengo conmigo el iPad quizá no debería estar revisando correos, asi que mejor hago otras cosas con el teléfono, o nada. Mi maquina principal es el iPad.

El problema es que el correo produce una ventana de distracción mas grande de la que yo puedo manejar. Fue interesante en lo que apague el email del iPhone deje de sacar el teléfono del bolsillo constantemente (ok, al principio fue como algo nervioso, pero eventualmente se acabo.)

Te preguntaras, ¿que vas a hacer cuando estés viajando y necesites revisar el correo? Siempre lo puedo volver a encender, si estoy en la calle, sin el iPad y necesito acceder el email por alguna razón siempre puedo encenderlo. El objetivo es no hacerlo cada segundo.

Yo elimine hace mucho el correo electronico de mi MacBook hace años cuando adopte el iPad como mi maquina principal, por que la experiencia de email en el iPad era mucho mejor. Debo decir que recientemente Mike Vardy arruino un poco la experiencia cuando trajo a mi atención el hecho de que no se puede organizar el correo electronico para que muestre primero el mensaje mas viejo primero (Gracias Mike!) Esto me ha molestado desde que el lo menciono. Espero encontrar una solución para esto o quizá alguien lo puede anotar para su lista de cosas que esperan vengan con iOS7.

Han sido menos de 24 horas desde que apague el email en el iPhone, pero he visto la pantalla de configuración del email mas veces que lo que estoy dispuesto a admitir, pero no he extrañado ni por un segundo la habilidad de leer correo en el iPhone. Anoche estaba en la calle y quería revisar, asi que saque mi iPad, la conecte al internet por medio del iPhone y revise mi email para ver si ese que estaba esperando había llegado y aun no lo había hecho. Fue en ese momento donde me di cuenta que si el email hubiera estado activo en mi teléfono lo mas probable es que ya lo hubiese hecho un miles de veces en vez de una. Hasta ahora, puedo llamar a esto una prueba exitosa.

Looking at the blank page and going crazy

As a writer sometimes you just look at the white page trying to breathe, trying to relax, trying to make the words flow.

Being a writer it is one of those interesting things, it seems so easy, it seems so simple… Sadly at least for this writer it is not.

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

Thomas Mann

That sound more like me, and it is on those moments that I know that I am doing what I should be doing. It is not that it’s easy, it is that I will not do anything else.

Writing is hard because in many lines you need to deal with something inside of you that no one see, most of the time you have no clue where that blank page will take you (or not), it is an exploration as E.L. Doctorow said.

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go”

E. L. Doctorow

Finally, we all face that white page, there is no difference between the amateur and the professional writer. Both deal with the fear of the blank page, of the emptiness, the fear of what you may or may not discover, which demon you will find, what ugly and obscure thing it is inside your soul. We all look at the blank page and go crazy, there is only one difference between the amateur and the professional one… The later didn’t abandon that page until wasn’t blank anymore.

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

Richard Bach

 

About my most recent book: NO

It is interesting what happens after you write a book and give it to the world. Honestly when this happens the books is not your property anymore, as an Author you are not sure if this is the best thing ever or the biggest sadness.

I wrote NO, because I saw the increasing need in learn how to use it. I wrote NO, with the idea that invites you to think. I wrote NO, because it was something I was in need to tell to the world and to myself.

The most interesting thing, is that it is not mine anymore, it belong to the world.

The comments I had receive about the book are simply amazing, thanks!. There are few things that will make a writer smile and tremble and explode on emotion and at the same time be terrified and sit yourself in a corner than when you receive some of the comments I have regarding this book.

If you had yet not had the chance to read it, I invite you. It is a short book, maybe the best two hours of your weekend.

This is a quote of the book, I hope you enjoy it:

“Most people believe that you need to learn to say NO to others, the real challenge is in learn to say NO to yourself.”

Do you believe that you know how to say NO to yourself, I invite you to read this short book, it’s possible that what you believe change forever.

Available on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble and more…

Here is my Plan A. I don’t need another one.

Impossible is not a fact. Its an opinion.
Muhammad Ali

I grow up around many impossibles, for some reason many of my dreams where. I had been open to the fact that for many years I follow Plan B and Plan C because Plan A was impossible.

Actually it was, it is impossible to accomplish something you don’t work hard and constantly on. After I begin working hard to accomplish Plan A, I discover that planning for the impossible and accomplish it, is one of my favorite things to do.

As kids we don’t understand limits, we will be able to play basketball professionally, go to the moon, or be the best cop. Later we go into growing up on this idea of impossible, and later even begin to believe that not only impossible is real but the only reality.

I understand it is going to be hard, challenging and almost impossible. My bet is that if you work hard and constantly you will one day be an Overnight Success!

(Most Overnight Success work hard, for years and years on something that was impossible)

Aqui esta mi Plan A. No necesito ninguno otro.

Imposible no es un hecho. Es una opinión.
Muhammad Ali

Yo crecí rodeado de imposibles, por alguna razon muchos de mis sueños lo eran. He dicho que por años seguí Plan B y Plan C, porque Plan A era impossible.

De hecho lo era, es imposible lograr algo en lo que tu no trabajas duro y constantemente. Después de empezar a trabajar duro en lograr mi Plan A, descubrí que una de mis cosas favoritas es planear para lo imposible y lograrlo.

Como niños no entendemos de limites, vamos a jugar baloncesto profesional, ir a la luna o ser el mejor policía. Es después que descubrimos, mientras crecemos la idea de imposible y mas adelante que empezamos no solo a creer que es real, pero la unica realidad.

Entiendo que va a ser difícil, un gran reto y casi imposible. Mi apuesta es que si trabajas duro y constantemente algún día vas a ser un ¡Exito Instantáneo!

(La mayoría de los Exitos Instantaneos trabajan duro, por años y años en algo que era imposible)

Managing ourselves as if we where two year old

“Ninety percent of what we call ‘management’ consists of making it difficult for people to get things done.”
– Peter Drucker

The most interesting thing is that, most of the time, we are based on this definition, “managing” ourselves.

When I get asked why I work on little tricks instead of big theories, is simply because I had learn that I should work hard to simplify the rules that guide my life. I have said:

In Productivity, most of the time, if it works for a two year old child, will work for us

We go to this complex setup, complex system, complex rules, when we should go exactly on the opposite direction, our own rules need to work for a two years old, otherwise, must likely, eventually they will fail.

For some reason, we have been convinced that we need more, more complexity, more layers, more information, more work, more money, more of anything if nothing else.

The problem is that as part of the trick, no one has told you that if you just want more, you are never going to be happy. Yes, you will have more of all those things that money can get, but not enough of those that you really and deeply care.

We get our lives so complex, that we forget how to slow down and enjoy the simply things. We have this tendency that things need to be hard, complex and difficult in order to believe they are worth.

What if we try the opposite approach? What if we try to simplify our life? To have simply setups? simple rules? We live our life as we will try to make a two year old happy. You will discover it is also a challenge, you just will laugh and have fun more often.

Gerenciandonos como si tuviéramos dos años

“Noventa por ciento de lo que llamamos “Gerencia” consiste crear dificultades para que la gente haga cosas.”
Peter Drucker

Lo mas interesante, es que en la mayoría de las veces, es basado en esta definición que nos “Gerenciamos” a nosotros mismos.

Cuando nos preguntan el porque me concentro en pequeños trucos y consejos en vez de en teorías mas complejas, es sencillamente porque he aprendido que uno debo trabajar duro en simplificar las reglas que guían mi vida. He dicho antes”

En Productividad, la mayoría del tiempo, si funciona para un niño de dos años, funciona para nosotros.

Tenemos estas instalaciones complejas, sistemas complejos, con reglas complejas, cuando deberíamos ir exactamente en el sentido contrario, nuestras propias reglas necesitan ser funcionales para un niño de dos años, de otro modo, eventualmente fallaran.

Por alguna razón, nos hemos convencido que necesitamos mas, mas complejidad, mas capas, mas información, mas trabajo, mas dinero, mas de cualquier cosa sin importar que.

El problema es que nadie dentro de toda esta complejidad, nadie nos ha dicho que si simplemente quieres mas, nunca vas a ser feliz. Si, tendrás mas de esas cosas que el dinero te puede dar, pero no suficiente de esas de las que realmente deseas.

Hacemos nuestras vidas tan complejas, que olvidamos como bajar la velocidad y disfrutar las cosas sencillas. Tenemos la tendencia de hacer que las cosas sean difíciles y complejas para que nos parezcan que valen algo.

¿Que tal si probáramos hacerlo al revés? ¿Si simplificáramos nuestra vida? ¿Tendriamos sistemas mas sencillos? ¿Reglas mas simples? Imaginate que vivieras tu vida tratando de hacer a un niño de dos años feliz. Descubririas que es también un reto, pero reirías y te divertirías mas a menudo.

Working at 4:00A.M. to eliminate distractions

For years I was convinced that I was a night owl. I struggle in the mornings, and thrive at nights. Last year in the name of productivity, (and desperation) I decided to test waking up at 4:00 A.M. to work. I was like many struggling with lack of focus, concentration and a day full of distractions, and was exhausted at night.

What began as a test out of desperation, looking for something that I had lost, quickly turn into one of the most interesting tricks I had discover in productivity.

Our house sleeps until around 7:00 A.M. Thats the time my 4 year old daughter wakes (or get waked up) and I need to get her ready to go to school. My old routine was simple, I wake up at 6:30 A.M., shower, dress and get coffee and do my daily review. Then I went and get my daughter ready.

When I decided to change the rules of the game, and begin waking up at 4:00 A.M. I discover that I could shower, dress and get coffee to do my daily review between 4:00 A.M. and 4:30 A.M. It was exactly there, that the best came, I was basically free of distractions, between 4:30 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. but even better, I had just sleep 7 to 8 hours and was totally fresh. In other words, I was in prime condition, and had two and a half free hours of silence and no interruptions.

I could not believe my luck, I had discover two hours of really quality time, without interruptions, and highly focus time. In many days I can accomplished more on those hours than the rest of the day, same as you will accomplished if begin doing this.

I understand that you are a night owl, as I was. I understand this will not work for you. For years I tried to get those hours at night, work hard all day, have my family time, wait for them to go to bed, and try to work after that. The problem was, that in many days I was simply exhausted. Even that I push trough, took me hours to accomplish the stuff I was looking forward to accomplished. The next morning I began the same race, and continue walking the world, simply exhausted.

These days, I go earlier to bed, sit in my desk at home at 4:30 A.M. and work for the next two and a half hours in silence and without interruptions and distractions. In many days, I accomplish more on those two hours, than the rest of the day. Not only that, on a bad day; you know those that you feel that you did nothing, I was really productive the first hours of my day. On a good day, I feel unstoppable.

Think for a moment what you can do with two hours of no distractions, stop snoozing television at night and go to bed. Wake up earlier and discover a couple of hours of full focus and without distractions, then begin working on that really important thing.

If you are wondering how I do it everyday, let me leave you with a little trick: “Negotiate your wake up time at night and avoid doing it in the morning” at the morning your brain is clever and will found a way to convince you to not do it.