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My morning routine

Update: this is now cross-posted on the My Morning Routine website here!


I came across a website recently called My Morning Routine. Its stated aim is as follows:

Inspiring morning routines to set you up for a more productive and enjoyable day.

Understandably, a lot of them are idealised routines, but they’re nevertheless thought-provoking. Like another of my favourite interview-based sites, The Setup, each person answers a set of structured questions.

Now that I find myself with an established routine, I thought I’d have a go at answer the questions as well. But in my case, this isn’t idealised, this is literally what I do every day. ūüôā


What is your morning routine?

I wake up sometime between 6am and 7am, depending on when my children wake up or whether my wife’s going for a run. I have a Lumie Sunrise alarm clock which sometimes wakes us up, sometimes doesn’t. Our kids, however, can always be relied upon! My wife and I used to take it in turns to go running on alternate days, but I found (bizarrely) that it seems to be a trigger for my migraines. It’s a real shame, as I used to really enjoy it.

It’s usually me who goes downstairs with my two kids (ages 3 and 7) to get us breakfast while my wife goes for a run or gets ready. I have a combination of fresh fruit, a special nut/seed mixture my wife puts together, and Greek yogurt. I also have a cup of tea. (I’m down to one cup of coffee with my lunch, these days)

When we’re finished I get our youngest dressed and then tag-team with my wife. I have a quick wash and do my exercises (including press-ups / sit-ups / stretching) and then head downstairs to help our eldest with either Khan Academy or Duolingo.

After that, I put together the things I need for the rest of the morning and we all walk our eldest child to school. I then head to the library to do some work and then either go to the gym or swimming before lunch. After exercise is when I have a nice, peaceful shower. ūüėČ

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

Ever since we moved into this house, which was February this year. I’m on a different team at Mozilla now, which means I’m travelling less and able to get into more of a routine. It’s good to get into a groove, sometimes.

The upside of this is that I’m starting to recognise and talk to people in my community, which is great. We’ve got friendly neighbours and we live in the kind of place where people will stop and have a chat with you.

How has your morning routine changed over recent years?

I didn’t really have a routine when I was on the Open Badges team at Mozilla. I was travelling almost every week, which has a knock-on effect upon getting into a routine.

Previous routines I’ve had were dictated by institutional hours (school/university) and commuting time. Not having to commute is amazing. It’s really good for my mental health to be able to choose which days to really crank and which days to take it easy. It’s even better deciding when to take PTO (Paid Time Off – or ‘holiday’ as we call it in the UK). When I was teaching I got more time off, but it wasn’t necessarily at times I needed it.

What time do you go to sleep?

I’d like to go to sleep about 21:00, but a couple of things stop me doing that. First, because I’m part of a geographically-distributed team I usually have work to do after I’ve put the kids to bed. Second, I like to watch something on Netflix with my wife before we go to bed. That usually means that 22:00 is the earliest. And then, of course, I like to read.

So, I guess that 22:30-23:00 is usual for me to go to sleep. Which explains why I’m often tired and need to exercise to keep my energy levels up.

Do you use an alarm to wake you up in the mornings, and if so do you ever hit the snooze button?

As I said above, I use a Lumie Sunrise alarm clock. It’s great – especially in the winter. However, if I’m travelling and if a different timezone, I need the reassurance that I’ll be up in time. On those occasions, I use the wriststrap of my Fitbit One and use the ‘silent alarm’ feature. I then wake up through vibrations, rather than alarm. That’s important, as when I’m travelling I often wear ear plugs.

Do you see to email first thing in the morning, or leave it until later in the day?

I usually check email while I’m getting breakfast ready. I use an app called Twilight on my phone to shift the screen colour towards the red end of the spectrum so it’s not so harsh for me when I wake up. Again, because I’m part of a distributed team, I want to make sure I’m already processing what I need to do that day.

So my email ‘on’ hours (both work/personal) are around 07:00 to about 21:00. I know some people complain about email, but at least it’s a stable, easy to understand platform with threaded conversations. I just have an ‘ACTION’ folder and an ‘Archive’ folder. Once you’ve triaged your email (i.e. got it out of your inbox), you don’t have to reply to it until later.

How soon do you check your phone in the morning, either for calls/messages or social media and news?

The first thing I do is check BBC News, the Wikipedia front page and Hacker News on my Kindle’s web browser. When I first wake up and I’m getting used to the fact it’s a new day, my eyes can’t take anything with a backlit screen.

While I’m getting breakfast ready and checking emails, I also check and respond to messages on Twitter. My Twitter network is even more distributed than my colleagues!

What are your most important tasks in the morning?

The first priority is making sure the rest of my family is ready – which includes their emotional well-being. My second priority is taking my ’emotional temperature’ for the day. If I’m feeling less than optimal, then I’ll read Baltasar Graci√°n’s The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence or some of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations.

On days you’re not settled in your own home, are you able to adapt any of your routine to fit in with a different environment?

I go to sleep a lot earlier when I’m away on my own. That’s for two reasons – to try and claw back some of my ongoing sleep debt, but also because the stimulation of being in a new environment means my brain needs to work harder even when ‘resting’. That means it needs to process connections while I’m asleep. So I sleep more.

What do you do if you fail to follow your routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?

Interestingly, we’re thrown a curveball every week as my wife works Fridays as a primary school teacher. On that day, we get up at 06:00 and try not to disturb the kids. Then, my wife gets ready to leave just after 07:00 and I do everything until my mother comes to look after our youngest at 08:30.

In general, as my routine is our family’s routine, we keep each other right. However, if I miss my morning exercises – especially the stretching – I can tell for the rest of the day. I bought a training mat recently to ensure that I didn’t use our hard wooden floors as an excuse not to do them!


I’d love to read your version of this. Why not write a blog post answering the same questions?

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Be More Doug

Be More Doug

In the UK there’s an advertising campaign by O2 (part of the Telefonica group) encouraging¬†us all¬†to Be More Dog. In this post, I’m going to show you how to Be More Doug. It’s a fun way to reflect on the #MillionSkills interview I had with Christian Briggs and David Pace earlier this week based on the¬†Decoding the Discplines process. You can see the¬†website the team are building after¬†their¬†successful Kickstarter campaign here: http://bemorelike.com

The Million Skills Project

The wide-ranging and, at times, challenging interview was conducted by Skype. Out of it came the following 10 points (which will be edited down to discrete chunks of video in the coming weeks):

  1. Crow’s nest scanning
  2. Vocation
  3. Surfing the zeitgeist
  4. Sharing
  5. Energy levels
  6. Enlarged version of self
  7. Doing work on behalf of others
  8. Prioritization
  9. Openness to outside influences
  10. Percolation

More Obvious

Four¬†of the terms in this list¬†refer to things that are¬†more obvious than the remaining¬†six. In order to avoid this becoming an epic post, I’ll run through the former¬†quickly.

By vocation I’m rejecting the idea of ‘work/life balance’ as an artefact of the Industrial Revolution. Christian mentioned the term Gutenberg Parenthesis which is a convenient term to use here.

Energy levels is another pretty obvious one and cultivated by the holy trinity of sleep, exercise and diet.

We talked a lot about ‘over-sharing’ before I refined this to ‘appropriate sharing’ and finally just sharing. It’s particularly important for remote workers who are part of distributed teams to let other people know what they’re working on and any blockers they have. The more open and transparent you can be here, the better.

Prioritization is an interesting one and something I honed during my time as a classroom teacher. When you’re in an environment where there’s never enough time to do everything, then perfect is the enemy of good. I’m a big believer¬†that success lies in knowing what to pay attention to.

Less Obvious

There’s a scene in the film I Capture the Castle (2003) where the¬†main protagonist goes to see her father, a writer, in action. He’s covered the walls of his garret with pages and pages of his work. When she asks what they are, he says that they’re “perculating”. I see¬†perculation¬†as an extremely important part of my working life. I’ve realised that¬†that¬†I¬†don’t have to finish everything in one go, that going for a walk or ‘sleeping’ on something works wonders, and¬†getting feedback on¬†half-finished things can extremely useful.

Linked to this is doing work on behalf of others. By this I don’t mean taking on their responsibilities. Instead, I mean packaging things up in such a way that makes them accessible to your audience. Too often we presume our audience – whether our colleagues or further afield – groks our context ¬†instantly. Because something is important and familiar to us we assume it’s the same for others. (I’ve just given you an example of how easy it can be do provide context on the web by hyperlinking the word ‘grok’ just now.)

I remember years ago reading something¬†Iris Murdoch¬†wrote¬†somewhere about never having¬†a strong sense of self. I’ve thought about that often since then and whether or not I do. Either way, the important thing in digital interactions is to be an enlarged version of self. It’s some advice that was given to me during teacher training and has stuck with me since. Present yourself holistically, but be selective in what you portray. Be positive and, as my Mozilla colleagues are great at doing, say “yes, and…” a lot.

The last two things I mentioned during the interview are closely linked: crow’s nest scanning and openness to outside influences. What they have in common is looking beyond the here and now to think about what’s happening elsewhere and what could happen in the future. Again, it’s about what you should pay attention to. In terms of scanning, it’s about trends and thinking through what would happen if X and Y and Z converged. There’s plenty of tools that help do this so the problem becomes one of conservation of attention – knowing when to go deep and rabbithole, and knowing when to zoom back out.

In terms of outside influences, it’s good to read and interact with people outside one’s field. This is something I personally could do much better at. I find that every time I do¬†this I end up with new insights to apply to my domain. This, along with the knowledge of your section allows you to surf the zeitgeist. I’ve written a whole paper on ambiguity, but suffice to say that human communication is fraught with difficulties. If you can find terms¬†that resonate¬†and convey meaning quickly, then use those. They often allow¬†new thought structures to be built within communities. This works even if you don’t like the term itself – for example, I use the term ‘Personal Learning Network’ even though I find it a bit irritating.

Conclusion

I found this process extremely useful as an insight¬†something I don’t really discuss often. I’d like to thank Christian and David for the invitation and sitting through over an hour of me holding forth.

Want to share your workflow and insights? The decoding process is really useful, but I think that choosing a topic and getting someone to ask you ‘why?’ a lot could also yield results that I’d love to read. Who’s up for sharing next?

3 things I do to work more productively throughout the day

I used to be a teacher. And before that I was a student in formal education. Yep, we all know what that means: someone else dictated my working day. This made the transition to managing my own time difficult. I was never taught what to do to maintain my productivity or how to listen to my body and preserve energy levels.

Since June 2012 I’ve worked for the Mozilla Foundation, a global non-profit with a distributed army of contributors. Although volunteering alongside my previous job prepared me a little bit for what was to come, the onboarding was pretty brutal.

In the time since I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to share. Everyone’s different, but hopefully these three things are more widely applicable.

1. Work in bursts

Members of my team live on the west coast of Canada and the US. This means an eight-hour time difference to the UK. This, in turn, means scheduling issues unless both parties are flexible.

I’ve found doing a couple of hours in the morning, a few hours in the afternoon, and then another couple of hours in the evening is good for both scheduling and keeping up some semblance of work/life balance.

2. Optimise coffee consumption

‚ÄúDrink a cup of coffee, and the ideas come marching in.‚ÄĚ (Balzac)

I read a long article recently (I seem to have mislaid the link) that had a great insight. The author noted that we tend to drink to go from unproductive to reach some kind of baseline level of productivity. And that’s important for people like lorry drivers or other people who have to ensure they don’t dip below a dangerously low level of attention.

Productivity comes in waves. Therefore, what’s more important for those that work with their brains rather than their bodies is how high the peaks are, not how deep the troughs are. I thought it was a great insight.

Instead of drinking coffee with my breakfast, I now drink it around 10am and then again at 1pm. This is right before the times that are (for me) the most productive of the day. There’s also caffeine naps as well, of course.

3. Exercise

I can’t stress this enough. You may have heard it many, many times. It might seem counter-intuitive. But the more frequently you exhaust yourself doing some kind of exercise, the more physical and mental resilience you’ll have.

Over the last few years I’ve been reasonably good at maintaining a regular exercise regime. But I’m far from perfect. Because of a busy schedule last week, for instance, I didn’t do much at all. And surprise, surprise, this week I’m lethargic, want to stay in bed longer, and can’t focus for as long.

Running is the best thing you can do. Use your old trainers. Go where no-one can see you. Just get out there and start lapping those people still on the couch!

Conclusion

While there’s other things that I’ve found keep my productivity levels high on a day-to-day basis, these are the three most important to me at the moment.

I’d be fascinated to know the things YOU do! Please do add a comment below or discuss on Hacker News. ūüôā

PS Bonus points if you can tell me where I took the photograph accompanying this post!

Find what you can influence, and focus your attention

One of my favourite blog posts of 2013 was by James Clear. In it, he shared this diagram:

Circle of Concern vs. Circle of Control

This brings into sharp focus an easy way in which we can quickly and easily change our lives for the better. All it takes is shifting our attention from things we can’t influence to those that we can. In other words, focusing on and increasing our Circle of Control.

Here’s some examples where I’ve tried to do just that:

Example 1

“Success or failure is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacity.” (Sir Walter Scott)

During the years I was writing my doctoral thesis I had very little time to study. Not only did I have a demanding full-time teaching job, but my wife and I had a baby boy to take care of and worry about as only new parents can.

In order to find time to write I had to carve out time wherever I could. This would often mean getting up very early (~4am) to get in a couple of hours of study before the rest of the family woke up.

Feedback from my family and colleagues quickly confirmed what I suspected: on the days I got up early I was more positive and pleasant to be around. Instead of waking up and reacting to what happened around me, I could prepare for it. I was in control.

Example 2

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” (Robert Anthony)

When I used to commute to work, like millions of people around the world I switched on the radio each morning. After all, everyone wants to keep up with the news. So I joined an audience regaled daily with, effectively, stories of misery and death.

The turning point came when I realised that I could listen to podcasts in the car. I can’t remember exactly what I used to listen to back then but these days my favourites include Thinking Allowed, 99% Invisible, and Freakonomics Radio. Not only do podcasts tend to be more upbeat than the news, but it’s like having my own radio station. I’m in control.

Example 3

“A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.” (Franz Kafka)

In my early twenties I used to read the bible every morning. While I’ve strayed away from the faith, the habit of reading something familiar and with a moral dimension has remained with me. In fact, the book I’ve chosen to read on repeat each morning was written by a 17th-century Jesuit priest named Baltasar Graci√°n.

The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence is a collection of 200 maxims about dealing with yourself and others. I read anywhere from a couple to ten maxims most days, and I try to do so before dealing with other people. It’s the perfect mix of pragmatism and moral imperative. Interestingly, sometimes it’s translated The Art of Worldly Wisdom.

The important point here is less the book I’ve chosen and more the habit of reading something that encourages you to be the best you can be. When there’s so much happening around me in the world that I can’t influence, it’s nice being reminded that there are many things I can control.

Conclusion

These are small changes that make a huge difference to my life. They involve shifting my attention from other people’s agendas to my own. This year I’m looking to further increasing my Circle of Control rather than my Circle of Concern.

You’ll notice that all of these examples derive from morning activities. For me, it’s a crucial time: get it right and you’re set up for the day.

What do YOU do to help increase your Circle of Control?

Why I’m ditching Evernote for Simplenote (and Notational Velocity)

Before Christmas I organised a productivity-focused call for some of us at the Mozilla Foundation.* One tool I recommended was Notational Velocity, a service that syncs with Simplenote. However, I haven’t used it for a while as I’ve been trying to get to grips with using Evernote.

We’re moving to another country next month and, as part of that, I’ve set up a stack of notebooks in Evernote that I’ve shared with my wife. It’s our ‘external brain’ as it were, a place where we can dump information and sort it afterwards. On a couple of occasions, though, I found that we’d lost information. I just assumed that one or both of us weren’t ‘using it properly’.

Disturbingly, on Hacker News this morning I came across an article by former TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid entitled Evernote, the bug-ridden elephant. After reading it (and I suggest you do too), I’m ready to return to a Simplenote-based solution.

While I’ve come across an app called Simple-for-Ever that syncs notes from Simplenote to Evernote, I haven’t found one that does the reverse. There’s a paid-for service called CloudHQ that’s allowed me to backup to both Google Drive and Dropbox, but is limited to 50 files 2GB of data transfer unless you pay $4.90/month or $49/year.

Update: a commenter on Hacker News asked why I wasn’t prepared to pay this. Given that I’ve been paying for Evernote Premium its not the money I’ve got an issue with. I’m just checking it works – and flagging to readers that it’s not an entirely free service.

Update 2: when you reach the 2GB limit for your trial, CloudHQ presents you with an option to get unlimited data transfer during the trial by tweeting about them.

Happily, if the worst comes to the worst, Evernote allows me to export everything to HTML. That’ll teach me to trust bloated closed-source products, eh? ūüėČ

Update 3: the CEO of Evernote responded to Kincaid’s blog post here. I’m still moving away from it as I’m using Chrome OS more and more these days. Evernote’s web interface is clunky.

Update 4: I’m no longer using Chrome OS, nor GMail.

*You can see the etherpad we used for that call here.

Image CC BY-SA Igor Schwarzmann

7 ways to make this your happiest year yet

“Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” (J.S. Mill)

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we all want to be happier. But what works? After all, as John Stuart Mill noted, focusing on happiness seems to make it ever more elusive.

A few years ago I came across a startup called happie.st. For one reason or another it no longer exists, but I was struck by how much the ‘seven principles of happiness’ they identified resonated with me:

  1. Being thankful
  2. Eating healthy food
  3. Connecting with wisdom
  4. Meditating
  5. Leading an active lifestyle
  6. Sticking to routines
  7. Using mantras

I’ll be unpacking what each of these means over the next few months, so be sure to subscribe for updates!

Image CC BY-NC-SA Lotus Carroll

#BelshawBlackOps13 has started

As this post goes live I’ll be relaxing with my family in Gozo, a tiny island in the Mediterranean. It’s a wonderful place to recover from the madness of MozFest – as well as being an apt start to a hiatus from personal email, blogging and social networking that I’ve come to term ‘Black Ops’.

I did announce this a couple of weeks ago so I hope it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

In previous years my Black Ops period has been the month of December. This year, for various reasons, I’ve decided to be ‘away’ for both November and December. Two whole months. 16.7% of the year. 61 get-ups.

While I’m making no promises for what I’ll get up to during this period of being more intentionally analogue, I’m intending it to involve a lot of writing and reflecting. I’ll also be spending more time with my family and maybe even moving house. You can see what I got up to last year here.

So in order to manage expectations, until 2014 I won’t be:

  • looking at or responding to personal emails
  • active on social networks
  • publishing new blog posts
  • sending out newsletters
  • moderating comments

If you need me for work-related things during Black Ops I’m contactable via my Mozilla email address (which is easy enough to find/guess). And if you need my phone number, you’ve already got it.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the year. Thank you very much for reading this blog in 2013!


I was interviewed about this for the BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Outriders’ podcast, available here [MP3]. Skip to 10:20 if you want to hear me discuss the ideas in this post further!

What I learned from turning my ‘Out of Office’ auto-replies on for a month

At the beginning of September, I decided to turn my ‘out of office’ auto-reply on for the whole month. Here’s what it said:

Hello!

Thanks for your email. I’ll get to it during my morning ‘internet ablutions’ (as William Gibson would put it).

If you need a quicker response than asynchronous communication can provide, please do consider one of the following (in order of preference):

* IRC – I’m on the Mozilla server in #badges, #foundation and #learning (see https://wiki.mozilla.org/IRC)
* Twitter – I’m @dajbelshaw
* Skype – I’m doug_belshaw

—–
Doug Belshaw
Mozilla Foundation

Current timezone: BST (GMT +1)

http://mzl.la/weblitstd
http://openbadges.org
http://dougbelshaw.com

This was actually more for my benefit than for anyone else’s. It gave me a way to internalise that I don’t need to fret about emails at all hours of the day. Working for a geographically-distributed organisation like Mozilla can have huge performative issues if you’re not disciplined with your time.

So what did I learn?

  • People will seek you out if they need you urgently. But that only happened a couple of times and it was resolved quickly via Skype chat.
  • Colleagues respect work/life balance more than I tend to assume. If it’s 9pm in the UK then they don’t tend to expect an immediate answer.
  • Some issues resolve themselves if you don’t answer straight away.
  • Email is a chore to many people. Quite a few people expressed solidarity.

It’s certainly been eye-opening to me. I’ve taken my auto-responder off now (I don’t want to abuse it) but I’ll be employing it again during my impending Belshaw Black Ops.

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No, no, no, no, no

Last week I read a blog post entitled Saying no more by Shane Mac. He talks about how the biggest life change he ever made was starting swimming. But, as anyone who does any kind of exercise will tell you, what you put into your body has a huge effect on how hard you find that activity.

After detailing struggles to change his diet, Shane has resolved to say ‘no’ to cigarettes, soda, more than 3 cups of coffee a day, alcohol on worknights, red meat, snacks, bottled water and fried food.

Quite the list.

I sent the blog post to Hannah (my wife) and we talked it over. We’ve come up with five rules of our own of our own, inspired by Shane. Importantly, though, we’re initially only committing to these on weekdays* We can do what we like at weekends!

  1. No sugary drinks
  2. No red meat
  3. No alcohol
  4. No snacks (other than fruit)
  5. No coffee after 4pm

It’s not quite as hardcore as Shane’s version, but it’s eminently doable. And it should have a huge impact on our exercise.

Image CC BY-NC-SA cpalmieri


*As everyone knows, the weekend starts at 5pm on Fridays. ūüėČ

I am not Richard Stallman

Introduction

Yesterday I headed to Lifehacker to get my weekly dose of their excellent ‘How I Work’ series. However, this week they decided to hand it over to readers using their blogging platform (Kinja). I decided to take part and you can see my response here (warning: includes photo of my messy study!)

Marc Scott picked up on this via Twitter and wrote a masterful post entitled How I Do My Computing by !=Richard Stallman. A sample:

The Internet on my laptop runs really slowly and it’s quite difficult to see sites because of all the toolbars that take up half of the screen. Also when I load the Internet I get annoyed by all the pop-ups that suddenly appear for adult dating sites and on-line gambling. I used to get lots of annoying messages on the Internet about things like ActiveX, but a friend showed me how to change my security settings so they don’t come any more.

Class.

I am not Richard Stallman

At the end of Marc’s post he linked to original post by Stallman (of which his was a parody).

Wow. Stallman is hardcore:

I occasionally use X11 for tasks that need graphics, but mostly I use a text console. I find that the text console is more efficient and convenient for the bulk of the work I do, which is editing text.

and:

I generally do not connect to web sites from my own machine, aside from a few sites I have some special relationship with. I fetch web pages from other sites by sending mail to a program (see git://git.gnu.org/womb/hacks.git) that fetches them, much like wget, and then mails them back to me. Then I look at them using a web browser, unless it is easy to see the text in the HTML page directly. I usually try lynx first, then a graphical browser if the page needs it.

That’s as close to tinfoil hat-wearing as it actually gets.

The Moral

As Seth Godin often says, we need to surround ourself (intellectually, if we can’t physically) with outliers in order to challenge our thinking:

The crowd has more influence on us than we have on the crowd. It’s not an accident that breakthroughs in music, architecture, software, athletics, fashion and cuisine come in bunches, often geographic. If you need to move, move. At least change how and where you exchange your electrons and your ideas.

After all, as they say, bad habits are like a comfortable bed: easy to get into but hard to get out of.

There’s a political theory called the Overton window that is used to describe the narrow range of ideas that the public will accept. The degrees of acceptance goes like this:

Overton assigned a spectrum of ‚Äúmore free‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúless free‚ÄĚ, with regard to government intervention, oriented vertically on an axis. When the window moves or expands along this axis, an idea at a given location may become more or less politically acceptable as the window moves relative to it. The degrees of acceptance[4] of public ideas can be described roughly as:

  • Unthinkable
  • Radical
  • Acceptable
  • Sensible
  • Popular
  • Policy

So at the start of the year, before the NSA revelations, it would be Unthinkable for an ‘ordinary’ person to adopt anything close to¬† Stallman’s approach. Now, however, it’s at least Radical if not Acceptable or Sensible.

Conclusion

I’m not suggesting that we crypto everything or become paranoid to the extent that it consumes us. What I am suggesting (and what I’m doing myself) is to review the connected technologies and services I’m using. If you want to do something similar then I highly recommend you check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Who Has Your Back? 2013 and, if you’ve never used Linux before, give elementaryOS a spin.* It’ll probably be an upgrade from what you’re using.

Questions? Comments? I want to read them. Add yours below!

Image CC BY-NC Maurizio Scorianz


*Want to go a step further? Try Tails.

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