I would like to discuss how we are on the verge of a new age of mindfulness and how this has managed to happen. I believe that productivity systemization and mindfulness are beginning to intersect to the point where we have gone being simple to-do lists and are moving towards to-be lists. We are no longer just interested in “doing” productive, we are striving to be productive — and in the things we really are passionate about. Technology, social media and the Internet can work on either side of that equation — it can distract us or attract us to what we really want out of life — and a new age of mindfulness married with proper use of systems and technology is on the horizon.
Bio: Mike Vardy is the writer, speaker, and “productivityist” behind Vardy.me and the productivity parody site Eventualism. Vardy’s candid satire has made him a desirable speaker on an often dry topic, delivering talks on the topic such as “Hacking Lifehacks” at TEDx Juan De Fuca and presenting keynote talks at events in Vancouver and Victoria. Currently a Managing Editor at Stepcase Lifehack, Vardy has contributed to many popular productivity websites and publications, including David Allen’s GTD Times and Productive Magazine and has appeared in local publications (YAM Magazine, Black Press) and nationally in The Globe and Mail. He lives with his wife, daughter and son in Victoria, BC, Canada.