Solitude vs loneliness: Why you need it

This time I start of with a contrast of solitude and loneliness. I then proceed to examine the necessity of solitude and why we need a healthy dose of it for sanity.

  1. What is the conventional wisdom and perspective on solitude and loneliness
  2. The down-side of not having solitude
  3. Benefits of solitude
  4. What does this look like on the ground for me
  5. Looking forward

Building my ideal standing desk

These posts are getting longer and more interesting for me to work on –
In this post, I am reviewing the experience, thought-process, implementation steps, and discoveries that I experienced as I sought and continue to seek the ideal and adaptable workspace design. This is the first of many posts; in future posts, there will be details about related setups (cable management, accessory ports, video & audio capture, etc).

  1. Context: working from home for 12+ months
  2. Necessity of a better desk and working environment
  3. The constraints and other core considerations for the MVP design
  4. Exploited opportunities for improvement
  5. Looking forward

Deleting my LinkedIn account …

… it is not something that you said, it is just me.
I am a ruthless defender of my sanity and time, and therefore questioning that justification of even commonplace things.

Maintaining a profile on the professional social network is what any professional with upward potential does – to network with peers and potential employers

What if I am:
– Committed to my current assignment
– Confident in my skills and experience
– Sanguine that I will be able to find another job without actively cultivating fall-back plans

Further Reading:
https://youtu.be/G4Ee_yaNfmQ?t=240
http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2018/dopamine-smartphones-battle-time/
https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2020/06/19/on-social-media-and-character/
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/digital-minimalism-cal-newport/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/idonny/

Quoi de neuf? News consumption

I started my day early and keenly focused on my to-do list. Then I got a message that had a nice video about the Zipline delivery service I sent more than a few minutes to watch it and even shared with a few co-workers who will very-well geek-out on how it all works. The memory of my planned task recurred and I concluded my worthy news consumption activity and got to think about my news consumption habit.

  • The diet that started as a practical matter of hours billed
  • Remember feeling out of place leaving water-cooler opportunities to get back to work
  • Stopped watching TV and reduced news to a periodic glance at some websites – “if it is important, someone will tell me…”
  • New is often someone else’s perspective/problem, storm in a tea-cup as opposed to an objective reporting of universally and objectively qualified facts

I am holding my breathe for results…

The double meaning is intentional.
In this post, I reflect on brown fat, the Wim Hof method, cold showers, and physical and psychological resiliency. I am making an effort to organize my thoughts (without introducing the chore and rigidity of choreographed preparation):

  • Brown fat
  • Cold Showers
  • Wim Hof breathing (or holding breathe)
  • Topics of future interest
La Poza de Las Mujeres – Manatí, Puerto Rico, 2019

Using tickler-files in a paperless GTD system

Today’s post is mainly in response to Jake’s explanation of the GTD rules that he choses to break, why he does so, and therein an attempted explanation of how a tickler-file system works. In his post, he calls the tickler-file system ‘43 folders‘, the latter is a branded website that focuses on such systems.

In this brief audio, I am explaining how classic David Allen tickler-file system works, and then going further to detail how I break that rule to suit my own heavily electronic GTD system.


Merging physical and electronic GTD systems

So long 2020. Now what?

This is a quick recording that I made during the last 3 minutes of 2020. In essence, the cross from 2020 to 2021 is a documentary concept, and human beings like creating episodes in life to introduce coherence and add meaning.

2020 to 2021, some thoughts

I got a cold shower for Christmas…

It might be strange and tough for some to even imagine… yes, on Christmas morning, I voluntarily took a very cold shower and actually enjoyed it. In this post, I briefly touch on the theory behind cold showers as a way to strengthen the mind. Beyond that, there is theory and practice (has been practiced by many cultures around the world for centuries) as better explained here.

This is one of my earlier posts and you may hear me ramble more than usual and touch on my other habits (early rising).