Most of the readers of Productivity501 are very nice and gracious. That is why I was surprised when I found this comment in my moderation queue.
When I read this, I was at first a little hurt. I consoled myself by deciding it was some type of new blog spam or something. As I got ready to delete the comment I realized that the ip address looked familiar.
It turns out that I posted the comment as the first thing that came to mind when I was trying to solve a problem with the email notifications last week. I had forgotten about it. I felt better knowing that my insult was self inflicted.
In college I had a friend who would call himself and leave encouraging messages on his voice mail at night. By the morning he would forgotten about this and check his messages only to be surprised by an encouraging message from his past self.
Chris Tancula says
On one lecture of communications science I heard about “levels of communication” and one of them was “inner communication”. When lecturer explained this I asked about note taking, especially in terms of time management. He agreed – this is inner communication, but put out of your brain ;D
I`m also a marketer, and sometimes I explain my collegues that time management is marketing (selling) your future self your present ideas and plans ;D
Thanks for the funny story. Helps us to know that you are human too. Not just a productivity machine. :-)
“In college I had a friend who would call himself and leave encouraging messages on his voice mail at night. By the morning he would forgotten about this and check his messages only to be surprised by an encouraging message from his past self.”
Is there any way to get encouraging messages from my future self?
Seriously…good post. Keep up the good work.
Mark Shead says
@Stephen – Not that I know of although that might be much more encouraging. :)
Mandar Vaze says
Richard Bach talks about exact same thing “Messages to self from future-self” in “The Bridge Across Forever” (and probably his other books as well) .. and to top it off, he is able to do just that several times through out the book.
You had just exposed your IP address to the whole world?
Mark Shead says
@belasungkawa – I’ve exposed one of my ip addresses to the entire world. However, it is unlikely that anyone can do much of anything harmful with it.