Paul and Sean argue about business blogging

Paul Chaney answers back Sean Carton’s claim that blogs and RSS are things that not everyone should do: “not all new trends are worthwhile,” Sean wrote.

Ahh, nothing like a good argument on Sunday morning to get things going.

Basically what Sean is saying is “don’t blog unless you have a reason to.” Paul, on the other hand, is basically saying “the list of reasons is long.”

I agree with both. How’s that for sitting on the fence?

I look at these tools as simply ways to build relationships with people who you want to build relationships with.

Now, if you don’t understand what a relationship is, then that’s a problem. Many people don’t. They assume a relationship can be built with a press release. “I’m perfect, everyone else isn’t,” they scream. Yeah, that’ll really build you a great relationship. Try that with your significant other tonight and see how far that gets you.

If you look at your company or your industry that way, then you probably should listen to Sean. On the other hand, if you see the value in having relationships with people then you’re probably already nodding your head in agreement with Paul.

Me? I’m off until tomorrow. Got a race to go to.

New York Times covers Life Hacking

Ahh, the New York Times is covering Life Hacking. You know, how to wring every bit of productivity out of your life. This is a topic that interests me greatly. I was one of the attendees in that Danny O’Brien talk that’s covered here. I don’t always follow David Allen’s program, but I’m very close to being back on it.

I have only five emails unanswered in my inbox now. A week ago it was more than 500. How did I dig out? ClearContext. How did that help? By putting things in a priority system. That helped me get a handle on the job ahead and gave me almost a game to play. “Can I get to the next level?”

Another thing that helped me get going? Having a wifeless week. I just stayed up until 4 a.m. a few nights this week until I powered through my email stack. Another way? Have a reward waiting for you. Today’s Toyota 400 race was my reward for getting caught up. And I wanted to be caught up so I could enjoy this weekend without the nagging thought that I had so many emails I hadn’t caught up with yet.

How do you get more productive?