The ability to reach everyone I know in one place is no longer a novelty. We don’t want to see daily updates from everyone we meet in perpetuity.
READING Behavioral psychology books are a guilty pleasure. I read them 85 percent for understanding end-user behavior and 15 percent for understanding myself. The most recent one I read was “Contagious,” by Jonah Berger. It’s an analysis of viral marketing through the lens of applied psychology. The last fiction book I read was “Reamde,” by Neal Stephenson. He writes science fiction that is on the edge of plausible.
LISTENING … At work, I put in 32-decibel-blocking earplugs. And then over them I put on full-cup, noise-canceling headphones and then I play some sort of monotonous drum music in them. I generally believe that to really focus on one aspect of intellectual processing you have to dull the others. It also keeps people from interrupting me. To get me out of my crazy earplug-and-headphone thing is a lot of work.