How to Subscribe to Podcasts

Podcasts are an awesome way to learn and be entertained. They could keep you company on a long drive, or when you’re stuck in traffic.

For the uninitiated, according to Wikipedia: “A podcast is an episodic series of digital media files which a user can set up so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer or portable media player. The word arose as a portmanteau of “iPod” (a brand of media player) and “broadcast”. Thus, the files distributed are typically in audio or video formats…”

If that still sounds Greek to you, here’s (hopefully) a simpler definition. A podcast is like a radio program broadcasted over the web. You can listen to it on a website, or download the episodes to your smartphone or mp3 player.

How to subscribe to podcasts

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My Changing Reading Habits and the Books I Read in 2016

I read quite a lot of books in 2016–52 to be exact and I tracked them all on Goodreads. [By the way, if you’re on this social network, don’t forget to add me as a contact:]

Here are some interesting tidbits I discovered when I looked at all the books I read.

Audio has become the dominant reading format for me.

If you want to be technical about it, you’d actually be ‘listening’ to an audiobook. But it’s still considered as reading, except that someone is reading for you. Here’s the breakdown of the format of books I read:

  • 23 Audiobooks
  • 5 Hardcover
  • 19 Paperback
  • 5 ebooks

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I’m Reading ONLY 12 Books This Year. Here’s Why

I love reading books. I started reading some longer novels when I was in 5th Grade. It was a bit of a challenge back then, but I didn’t stop. And that made a lot of difference in building my imagination and my appetite for reading more books.

Back in College, a friend introduced me to C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and to JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. My life was never the same. And so, year after year, I would be reading books, novels, and short stories.

I didn’t really keep a record of how many books I read in a year. I didn’t even keep track of their titles. But I would remember a lot of them. I used to frequent BookSale, which is a used bookstore in the Philippines, looking for books by authors that I liked. I did have a running list of authors in my head–Asimov, Bradbury, Dean, and a lot of Sci-Fi authors. I was also frequently surprised by the number of Christian authors that I stumbled into while kneeling down on the floor browsing through book after book under the shelves of BookSale. That’s how I discovered Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz.

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7 Simple Hacks to Achieve Goals Effectively and Efficiently

I thank God for the New Year. It’s a great reminder of the circle of life. The previous year might have been great for you. Or not. But the new year brings fresh hope that things could be better if we make the most out of it.

We should all review the past year to learn from our experiences and celebrate our wins. But we should also plan for the new year that is here now. On the first few days of this year, I sat down to identify my goals. This has really become my habit at the start of the year since 2010.

During a meeting with my team, I just reflected on the renewed sense of commitment and energy. It will probably not last for very long. But by making some changes to my schedule and my lifestyle, I could probably make the most out of the excitement of the new year. I might even make this the year I achieved all the goals I’ve identified!

7 Simple Hacks to Achieve Goals Effectively and Efficiently

Here are 7 Simple Hacks that I am implementing to help me achieve my goals effectively and efficiently.

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Resources to Help You Review and Evaluate Your Year

Yes, I know, it is the first week of 2017 and already, you’ve seen a lot of #NewYearsResolutions in your social media feed. Your friends are planning for the year ahead. They’re promising that 2017 is going to be their #bestyearever!

For us to move on to the next year, however, it’s also important to review the past year. If you haven’t done this yet, I encourage you to do it. And please put a note on your calendar for the last 2 weeks December 2017 for you to review 2017.

Why you need to review the past year

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