Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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May 27, 2016
14 Work Hacks To Make Life Better - RN 033

I worked in an office environment for years and I know how crazy it can get when there's so much to organize and so little space. My home office space is the same way. So when I learn a new trick to make life easier, I like to try and put it to the test. Here are 14 hacks I found that I thought might be useful in the work environment.

1. Binder clips can be used in lots of neat ways

2. How to reset empty ink cartridges to get more use out of them

3. How to make a template to hand a power bus like a boss

4. How to aim the direction of your wi-fi signal

5. Avoid spill disaster with Drinklip

6. Raise your computer screen to eye level for neck and back relief

7. Get work done while on the treadmill

8. Add character to your space with googly eyes

9. A lamp for added warmth in a chilly space

10. Spray paint bricks or large rocks for bookends

11. Use T-pins to organize

12. Self-decorated coffee mugs

13. Get a small dorm fridge for personal use

14. Put legos to good use as cord organizers

This week's Positive Review: The Most Useful Podcast Ever

May 20, 2016
Defragging Your Life - RN 032

Life is messy. After you've figured out who your real friends are and kicked the unnecessary stuff in your house to the curb, it's time to "defrag" the rest of your life. Let's dive in and see what kind of fun we can have.

Five areas to focus on when defragging your life:

1. Family

2. Hobbies

3. Projects

4. Mind

This week's Positive Review: The literary works of Jules Verne

May 13, 2016
Defragging Your House - RN 031

Life is messy and sometimes it's necessary to simplify things, sort of like defragging your computer system. When life gets fragmented, we have to get rid of the stuff that isn't necessary and put the rest of the puzzle back together into a picture that makes sense. You home is what you come back to at the end of the day and one that is cluttered can be stressful. I'll tell you how we're defragging our house in part 2 of our 3 part Defragging Series.

Three things that tend to be clutter causers in your house:

1. Gifts

2. Found treasures (yard sale; thrift items)

3. Collections

Three questions to ask of every item in order to decide what to keep and what to throw out:

1. Do I need it?

2. Do I use it now?

3. Will I sincerely use it in the future?

This week's Positive Review: Bojangles Restaurants


May 6, 2016
Defragging Your Friends - RN 030

There's nothing wrong with having a lot of friends. But today, there are way more opportunities to connect with people than there ever were before and because of that, life can get messy and confusing. One way to simplify things is to do a little "defragging". The idea comes from the old computer process that takes chopped up and fragmented systems and repairs them by placing things in their proper order and getting rid of unnecessary things that slowed the computer down.

Defragging your friends may be a good idea for you to simplify your life and makes it less of a whirl wind.

It has been said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

Three ways to defrag your friends:

1. Thin out your social media "friends" to those who are true friends. Some "acquaintances" in your FB friends list and the like may be unneeded and only there as a number. Keep your social media connections manageable and real.

2. Keep work relationships in their proper priority. It's great, even healthy, to have friends at work and to get along with your co-workers. But make sure your work relationships prioritize work over play. If you're not careful, friendships without a focus on priority can affect your job performance and have an impact on your life.

3. Keep your closest and truest friends at the top of your attention and thin the herd around you. Again, it's great to have friends. And I encourage you to be a great friend to everyone you come into contact with. But if you want to have truly blessed relationships, surrounding yourself with those you call real friends is a great start.

My week included going to see my son's final 6th grade chorus concert and dealing with a hotel stay alongside three busloads of drunk college kids on spring break.

This week's Positive Review: Disney's live action treatment of The Jungle Book.