Don’t drink and drive goes much further than alcohol. It applies to coffee, juice, and other beverages too. Although it hasn’t happened to me, I can easily imagine somebody getting into a car crash while sipping on their diet soda.
Why do we say “Yes” so often?
I don’t want to be a “Yes” man. The guy for everything.
I want to do one thing, and I want to do it extremely well. I want to be the best in one particular thing. I want it to be extremely difficult to be replaced.
However, I don’t know what this thing is, for now. …
If you are like me, you are highly invested in your life. So much so, that you get attached to certain expectations of yourself. When you fail to deliver on these expectations, it’s often experienced with a lot of grief, guilt, and frustration.
You know it’s not helping you be more productive.
It’s just a justification that gives meaning to your self-expectations. If you felt nothing when you didn’t meet your standard, it’s not much of a standard, is it.
However, you forget that standards are objective, while feelings are completely subjective. …
But you clicked anyway.
You had to see what was so stupid, didn’t you?
I guess I need to write something stupid now. Ummm…
Three apples falling to the ground.
That’s quite stupid, no?
But it does open up questions.
You can continue asking questions forever and ever and ever. And ever.
There’s nothing stopping you from doing that (apart from mental exhaustion) and there’s nothing particularly wrong with asking as many questions. …
It’s often difficult to restart the engine of productivity once all of your fuel has run out. It’s not easy to keep the tank filled at all times either. But it happens, more regularly for some and rarely for others.
It’s extremely easy to understand when you are not being productive. I’m not talking about the person that keeps on working on the wrong things. They are productive, just not producing results.
Productivity has nothing to do with results and everything to do with effort.
Just investing the time into fulfilling a goal, whether for yourself or for others is good enough. To keep your mind focused on one problem for long enough to start to piece together potential solutions. …
These past two weeks have been miserable. I’ve been barely able to get myself to write the blog, let alone invest time and energy in substantial work. The blog is my minimum viable effort, and I couldn’t even do that.
I felt miserable.
All of the progress I made since August was simply gone. Washed away. I felt like my old self again. Powerless against my own bad habits. It seemed like nothing I could do would be able to change my situation.
At the same time, putting a lot of pressure on myself for not performing, leading to an even worse state of mind, where I couldn’t even think about writing. …
This was the second time I’ve managed to fail to write a daily blog post.
It’s not a lot of work to create one of these articles. Takes me anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes. Yet, I failed to allocate my time in a way that gets me around to doing it. I simply remembered and then forgot.
Shows how much I care.
More importantly, it shows how far I’ve let my time management deteriorate.
It’s easy to fall into pits of personal obscurity and lose your sense of belonging in the world. It can happen to anyone and I personally know the sting of defeat by oneself.
When nobody is trying to stop you from achieving your dreams, you yourself will rise to the occasion.
This is the reason why successful people often say “The true enemy is within.”
I’ve spent the majority of today hiking up a mountain and it was incredibly refreshing after being stuck in my apartment for the longest time. …
There are good days, and there are bad days. When things are going well, it’s easy to assume they will continue to do so. When we are strong in defeating our challenges and overcoming states of inactivity, we project a great future for ourselves, only to our great disappointment as the result.
How do we avoid this trap? How can we hope to remain vigilant in the face of greatness, and hope to set goals in the “just right” zone, instead of overshooting as we do?
In a way, more planning can help, but only if we are able to remain firm and strict with ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I love to believe that I can do so much more than I can actually do. …
Life is an ever-expanding branching path that we traverse through our choices. Depending on your reputation, skillset, productivity, vision, clarity, this path may branch out faster or slower.
Whichever path you take, prevents you from taking another. Time does not move back, so you may never have the opportunity to not make the same choices again.
It’s a risk and one that is inevitable because doing nothing is a choice in itself.
Navigating this ever-expanding branching path of destiny is scary, especially if you’ve taken full responsibility for your life and transformed the path from liquid to solid.
Through responsibility, you can walk on solid ground. Without it, you are forced to follow the currents and flow where they might take you. …