Far too many people are unaware of the real consequences of giving up their privacy. As Carissa Véliz writes, privacy is not a private issue, privacy is a collective issue.

Because we are intertwined in ways that make us vulnerable to each other, we are responsible for each other’s privacy. I might, for instance, be extremely careful with my phone number and physical address. But if you have me as a contact in your mobile phone and then give access to companies to that phone, my privacy will be at risk regardless of the precautions I have taken. This is why you shouldn’t store more sensitive data than necessary in your address book, post photos of others without their permission, or even expose your own privacy unnecessarily. When you expose information about yourself, you are almost always exposing information about others.

I had exactly the same problem happen to me.

Even though I have my iPhone configured to only allow calls from my contacts, some some spam calls got through. I just needed to delete my old ‘Don’t answer’ contact, which I used in the past to silence known phone spammers.

Derek Sivers discusses what it is like to live according to your values:

Once you realize that one value is more important to you than another, you have to ask yourself if you’re living accordingly.

What’s ultimately more important to you?

  • Learning? Or creating?
  • Money? Or time?
  • Expanding? Or focusing?
  • (… etc.)

Once you know which takes top place, consider taking it to an extreme, to its logical conclusion, and optimizing your entire life around that top priority, letting go of almost everything else.

This is so important. If everything is a priority, nothing is and your output will most likely be mediocre.

Personal effectiveness basics: steps you can take to keep your concentration and accomplish everything faster.

One tidbit I liked:

Creating lists can be a double-edged sword. Lists can certainly help you keep track of and prioritize tasks, but if a lack of focus is due to feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be accomplished, then creating a long list of tasks may make things worse

6 Tips to Improve Your Focus at Work and Get Everything Done Faster