Daily Gleanings: Insights from Freedom (24 June 2019)

Freedom releases Insight for Chrome. According to Freedom, Insight is a simple plugin that shows you where you are spending your time in Chrome. … Insight tracks the time you spend on websites in Chrome, and provides a simple display so you can see where you’re spending your time. You can drill down into individual sites […]

Daily Gleanings (29 May 2019)

Freedom introduces Pause, a new Chrome extension that enforces a short pause before allowing you to open distracting websites. According to the extension’s description, When loading a distracting website, Pause creates a gentle interruption by displaying a calming green screen.  After pausing for 5 seconds, you can then choose to continue to the site – […]

Daily Gleanings (1 May 2019)

With some recent update for Logos Bible Software, I’ve started noticing “corresponding annotation” notes. These are pulled in from one source (e.g., NA27) to the corresponding text in another (e.g., NA28). This feature has been a hugely helpful addition to the platform. I’ve already rediscovered a number of notes that I’d forgotten about. Kudos to […]

Daily Gleanings (30 April 2019)

In episode 173 of the Minimalists’ podcast, the Minimalists discuss digital clutter with Cal Newport based on his new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (Portfolio, 2019). The discussion focuses a good deal on the negative impact of social media on our ability to focus on the work and relationships […]

Daily Gleanings (29 April 2019)

The content of the Lead to Win podcast is somewhat slanted toward entrepreneurs and other business leaders. But the content is often directly applicable to life in the academy. In that vein, they’ve had two episodes recently with some good advice on the topic of increasing focus and avoiding distraction: 3 Actions to Beat Your […]

Technology and Distraction

Tristan Harris, former design ethicist at Google, discusses at TED the interplay between technology, attention, and distraction. For additional discussion of this TED talk, see Alexandra Dempsey’s post on the Freedom blog. For additional discussion the significance of focus, the importance of guarding it, and a helpful tool to that end, see Focus—there’s an app for […]