Jan 182007

As before, I apologize for not updating this blog as often as I used to. I’m still in the process of planning my year and reevaluating my commitments and I haven’t decided what to do with this blog. In the meanwhile, though, I’m making this blog about one or two things.

I got the Paraliminal tapes from Learning Strategies Corporation. Essentially, they’re subliminal suggestive tapes and they use new fangled technology for getting you into a receptive state of mind and then fill your mind with the message of the tape. I’ve got almost all of them (less four, but they’re not that important). I’ve just converted all the ones I have to an iPod compatible format, and put ten of them onto the iPod. I used the 10-Minute Supercharger one a few days ago and it was fantastic. I’m keen to see what effect the other ones have. Here’s a list of the tapes (I keep saying tapes, it’s actually CDs, or others) that are available. If you’re interested, lemme know.

I’m continuing on my goal of becoming totally black belt with the Getting Things Done methodology, which I’ve set for the month of January. There’s some things I have to buy, some things to consider, some processes to create and implement and we should be off to the races. I’m trying to immerse myself totally in GTD everywhere I turn. That is, I’m rereading the book, listening to the audio seminar and listening to the audiobook. I’m seeing changes in my thought patterns that reflect my progress, such as thinking of a cool, fun thing to do and immediately thinking about putting it on my Someday/Maybe list.

There’s four steps of mastery: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence and unconscious competence. At the beginning, you don’t know you don’t know. Then you find out that you don’t know and decide to get better. Then you know, but it takes conscious effort to do it. And then you just know it. I’ve been reflecting on this model as it applies to Getting Things Done. Remember, Getting Things Done is about interfacing with your work. It’s like how you use a keyboard and mouse to interface with your computer. I know most of you don’t remember this, but there used to be a time when you had to use a keyboard and command line for interfacing with your computer. No mice, no pretty programs, just a blinking cursor and a keyboard whose buttons were hard as hell to press. Now, by improving your tools for interfacing with your computer (like adding a mouse), you’re able to do more and more efficiently, and your work changes by these new tools. You can do more on the computer when you have a mouse, more intuitively. Similarly, with using the GTD methodology to interface with your work, you both improve your ability to deal with that work and you can improve your work, by improving the quality and/or amount of the work you can do.

Bottom line, Getting Things Done is awesome. Sorry for the incomprehensible rant.

Be happy now,

RT Wolf

  2 Responses to “Paraliminal, Getting Things Done and that’s it!”

  1. Sorry dude.  Subliminal tapes just don’t work. They’re beyond your absolute threshold and your brain can’t properly perceive them.  There’s tonnes of studies to support this.  The only effect these tapes give are that of a placebo.

  2. These tapes work differently than just being really low in volume or whatever. They mix two different tracks together, one in each ear and there’s the guy talking differently in each ear, supposedly for the both sides of the brain. I don’t know how much of hte "science" I believe, but I can tell you they work. And if it’s just a placebo effect, then I want some more!   

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