- Mercury Retrograde starts tomorrow – what to do now
- Mercury Rx Day 1: Backitup
- Mercury Rx Day 2: Delete it day!
- Mercury Rx Bootcamp: Day 3 – Redundancies
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 4: Review – Todo lists
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp: Day 5 – Check your warranties
- Mercury Retrograde Bootcamp: Day 6 – Reread or Review
- Mercury Retrograde Bootcamp Day 7: Recycle
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 8: Clean up Broken Links
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 9: Declare (Feed) Bankruptcy
- Mercury Retrograde Bootcamp Day 11: You may need a Hazmat suit for this one
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 10: Desk Declutter
- Mercury Retrograde Day 12: Be
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 13: Repair
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 14: Renew
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 15: Reconsider
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 16: Recycle
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 17: Get that checked, or check on that
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 18: Iris and the Sun
- Mercury Retrograde Day 19: Clean a closet
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 20: Review your New Year’s Resolutions
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 21: DVDs and Music
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 22: Send it out
- Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 23: that blog you’ve been meaning to look at …
- Mercury Rx: It got to me
This is for those of you who, like me, still prefer feed readers to Facebook and Twitter for blog updates:
Today, I encourage you to declare feed bankruptcy. Open up your Google reader, your bloglines, your Blog Lonvin’. See that button that says “declare all read?” Do it. Hit the button.
Notice that sense of relief you get? Yes, that’s the subconscious belief that it was something you were obligated to do, that you are out of step, that you will fall hopelessly behind, that dear god you might miss something.
You might miss something. For August 2011, here’s the scoop: London was on fire and the economy is bad.
If that felt really good, you can even…
Mark all those forum posts you haven’t caught up on as read. If you miss something. the search feature and/or Google will save you. Really. If a forum blows up in a flamewar, believe me, people will point you to the errant posts.
If you feel really daring…
Declare Inbox bankruptcy. Not sure you should delete something? Don’t – Googlemail lets you archive it; other mail programs have similar features, or you can open a “just in case” folder to send stuff too. If there’s an email you know you should answer, but are waiting until Mercury goes direct to return, schedule a calendar reminder for early September, when you can take on the response with a sense of retrospect and a cool and level head. You might even want to set up filters on your posts, so that certain things, like those Groupon notices, all go to a folder you can check when it’s convenient for you. You might even want to apply the Other Inbox plugin, which filters your email for you, leaving just human beings you want to hear from in the Inbox.
For this, the practical and metaphysical reason is the same:
You clear your path from things that were scattering your attention. Now, the things that need your attention get it faster. That’s immediately more time, attention and energy you can use for a)the people you want to give your attention to and b)for yourself.