Been learning Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst the past couple of days.  It’s the subject of this Friday’s In-Synk Business Book Review.  It’s a good one.

I’m going to Ground Zero with email this evening.  That’s right.  Zero emails in the inbox.  Hurst recommends doing all at once, not bit by bit (forgive the pun) each day.  It get’s you into practicing Bit Literacy right away.  And keeps you there.  So I’m trying it tonight.

On the second read of this book, preparing the “Synknotes” for Friday, I’m struck by how it’s both new and old advice at the same time.  It’s not a technology book at all.  It’s a time or priority management book that addresses the technology of how things come at us in this high tech world.  That’s the new part.  How technology has and will keep changing how we manage information of all sorts.  This is a big change, similar in impact to the Gutenberg press. The old ways just won’t work anymore.

The old part.  Much of sounds strikingly similar to the three great classics of all time on time and priority management.  The Autobiography of Ben Franklin (Franklin was the first to address this),  Hyrum Smith’s 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Live Management, and Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  All are worth reading if you have time, but all of them written before the widespread use of the internet.  It’s different now.

I used to couldn’t live without my dayrunner.  Technology changed all that, but I don’t manage this as well as I could, this will get me, and  you back to the timeless principles first outlined by Ben Franklin.

So I’ll update you later this week on how I’m doing.  Cold turkey tonight.  Pray for me.