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).

How I build strength and tenacity

It is indeed true that the more a person keeps himself in a zone of challenge and performance, the better he becomes at handling future challenges. I am saying that because I recently sat for a relatively simple exam (AWS SA-Associate Certification) and found it difficult to sit for a long time. This is in contrast to times before when I easily sat for 3+ hours to do a professional or speciality exam. In comparison, I have found it quite easy and natural (not effortless) to work through the preparatory steps for the exams (and other projects) in a methodical way; even when the road is long and the load is heavy.

Until I find a stronger and better supported explanation, I am attributing this development of inner strength to the fact that: for the last 1 year, I have been taking cold showers in the morning (I know, what is the relationship)?

At the onset of this habit, I debated with myself and even tried to find valid reasons to skip or just take a warm shower. Increasingly, I have taught myself to get in the shower, allow the internal debate to continue, but go through the motions necessary without letting the debate hinder the process. Even a slight hesitation is not allowed – I simply put myself in the third person and go ahead with switching the valve to ‘cold’ and then opening the water.

The above approach is documented (I am not going to provide links) as a good way to build inner strength and practice the ability to know what needs to be done and proceed to do it; even when it is unpleasant. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”. I will talk at depth in other posts, but I will mention that this has been valuable for me when deciding to stay the course or start a daunting and long project – “Just start!”

Those Training Wheels …

It is not exactly what it sounds like; I recently got all my ducks in a row and ‘tipped my toe’ in the river again. Over the past two weeks, I have been ridding my road-bike for 10 kms every morning. The objective is to get more cardio exercise in place being that gyms are not open, and/or that I do not want to unnecessarily expose myself to COVID….

Biking, then running for my life!

… well, it has been many many months since I started writing this story. As shown above, I got to ride 10 Kms every morning until I could not. The back wheel that is barely 2 years old gave in and lost all the air one morning. I promised myself that I would order and replace it (my local bike store sold and installed this apparently problematic one). After some weeks/months, I decided to go back to the basic exercise of all time; running. I sustained that for a few weeks/months and finally decided to bring the game into the house when the weather got too chilly in the mornings.