Music- and Momentum-Inspired Food for Thought

How Google Chrome’s simple “Momentum” extension forever changed my browsing experience.

The day that I looked over my General Assembly classmate’s shoulder to ask him about the “Momentum” extension, my browsing experience was forever changed.

Just a small software program, this Google Chrome extension spread across my Snapchat stories and my friends (and friends of friends), who, like me, all seek out ways to organize their lives and get their daily dose of encouragement / motivation / self-improvement tip.

The concept and UI is minimalistic — clean and simple.

Open a new Google Chrome tab.

Be greeted with a dashboard with the time, day’s focus, a beautifully-captivating, scenic, HD image from some pocket of the globe, an inspirational quote, marked with a todo list feature.

So, why is everyone asking me how they can also transform their browser? This productivity app simply inspires:

  1. To make each day count by increasing focus and productivity via task tracking and reminders,
  2. A little push of motivation and hope for an even brighter and better day than the last,
  3. A daily, friendly reminder of the abundant beauty surrounding us in our world, and
  4. A personal, human element to our screens.

And it’s genius because, unlike advertisements, a user chooses to be greeted this way, every day and every time he or she opens up a new tab, to stay grounded from traveling to Facebook for the 100th time that day — and, let’s face it, in these ADD-stricken times of getting to that NYT/Medium/TechCrunch article, Hype Machine Stack, or the latest trending YouTube video at some point during the day or week, that means we likely open a tab at least 50 times a day on average.

Just as Momentum complements my day to day, #MusicIsMyDrugOfChoice Vol. 4 — Chase Those Dreams was inspired to complement my current life mood and sentiment – for the reasons I am excited to rise at 6 AM and feel that sense of purpose and clarity these days. Music can feel like that perfect breath of fresh air, or coming up for air – depending on the situation, mood, struggle or success. Whether we’re greeted with cheery, dancy, melancholy, beautiful tracks, they serve the same simple purpose — to inspire some thought, motivation, productivity, and gratefulness in our days.

So pair up the latest volume of #MusicIsMyDrugOfChoice with the memorably-fitting, drops of wisdom I have gathered through Momentum, and the unparalleled support from family and friends in the past couple weeks. They have propelled me in this daring, exciting, transitionary phase of my career, so let them propel you even further in your endeavors.

#MusicIsMyDrugOfChoice Vol. 4 — Chase Those Dreams

Also, in case you’re wondering: Menu icon on top right of Google Chrome–>Settings–>Get more extensions–>Momentum.

Happy Monday, and say sayonara to those Monday blues!

You need to do what you’re really passionate about, and that makes you really happy, and then you get really good at that thing, and you think about it all the time; you think about it when you’re sleeping; you think about it in your dreams; you think about it more than any other human being. Naturally, you get really good at it, and potentially the best at it. But, once you get to that place, you’re an expert. And then, I think, you know, you’ve earned the right to speak your mind. – Nihal Mehta, The Inaugural M1 “Mobile-First” Summit NYC, 5/20
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day of your life. – Unknown
Passion in Latin means to suffer. – Big Bruddha
It’s stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition. – Bono (via Esha P.)
Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try. Unknown (via Lisa L.)
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. – Unknown
You got this. Make it happen. – Danielle LaPorte
Go for it, chickie…time to take a plunge. High risk, high reward. Now’s the time to break out of the straight jacket of conventionalism. – Big Bruddha
I am behind you in taking a chance into the start up space. But do it by being strong, strategic, and smart. Exercise patience and prudence when considering career transitions. You want to cross the bridge, not jump off it, and to see other bridges ahead in case you need to keep moving forward. – Big Bruddha
Spread your wings and soar with eye of an eagle on the ground. – Big Bruddha
Keep your tender, little heart strong and steady. “If you stop taking chances, you stay where you sit” [Summer Rain, U2] You will reach the light at the end of the tunnel, I will see to it, baby seester. – Big Bruddha
She packed up her potential and all she had learned. Grabbed a cute pair of shoes and headed out to change a few things. – Message from a card from Simmi
[Song for Someone, U2]…I want to see you get where you need to be that much more. Brave the stony path and make the journey, my sweet, strong sister. “The hurt you (I) hide, the joy you hold” will too make my hurts a joy to hold. I got you along your way onward. – Big Bruddha
Time to set sail to new shores! – Big Bruddha
Go forth and make awesomeness. – Unknown
Chirp, chirp, Birdie…Stay juiced. Do breathing exercises or light jogging. Take time to disconnect for a small block of time in the day and calm the mind…Make a routine now that will help sustain and pace yourself when things pick up. – Big Bruddha
The world is moving so fast that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. – Elbert Hubbard
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t. – Unknown
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. – Unknown
It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement. – Unknown
Do not wish for an easy life. Wish for the strength to endure a difficult one. – Unknown
Happiness is not the absence of problems. It’s the ability to deal with them. – Unknown
I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. – Unknown

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Originally published at musicismydrugofchoice.com on October 13, 2014.

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