One of the delights of the past couple years has been becoming friends with Robert (Bob) Wright. For a long time and from afar, I’ve been stimulated by his writing and thinking. When I discovered that his next effort involved Buddhism, meditation, and evolutionary psychology, I jumped at the opportunity to be an ally/collaborator/thought partner. I’ve learned a…
Contemplating the Importance of Contemplation Franklin Foer has a new book coming out this week. It’s titled, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. I haven’t read it yet, but this morning, on returning from a family camping trip, I read Foer’s essay in today’s Washington Post and a recent interview with The…
My blog-pal Anthony has a great memory, because this morning he reminded me of a post I wrote three years ago. With apologies to those for whom this is a rerun, it at least explains why I was more excited about the heat-sensitive eclipse stamps than yesterday’s actual eclipse. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I admit it: I feel […]
“cull your inputs.”
Thinking about being an RPCV and how this relates: building career capital is what is important, focus is what is important.
Building focus while also not being disengaged. valuing privacy and focus.
This is hard in the age of the cubicle!
To quote Soni:
“[D]istractions are a permanent feature of life, in any era, and Shannon shows us that shutting them out isn’t just a matter of achieving random bursts of focus. It’s about consciously designing one’s life and work habits to minimize them.”
An Insightful Life Claude Shannon is one of my intellectual heroes. His MIT master’s thesis, submitted in 1936, laid the foundation for digital circuit design. (My MIT master’s thesis, submitted 70 years later, has so far proven somewhat less influential.) His insight was simple. The wires, relays and switches that made up the types of…
I like this and want to do this:
or three months, from November 2nd, 2015 to January 31st, 2016, I tracked how I spent every 15 minutes of every day and categorized each into one of seven activities:
- Non-Technical Work: Email, writing, diagramming, project management, PivotalTracker, etc.
- Technical Work: Coding, designing, data analysis, etc.
- Discussion: Team meetings, speaking events, meeting with mentors or investors, Techstars happy hours, etc.
- Travel: Driving or flying (when I couldn’t do any work)
- Exercise: Running (which basically never happened)
- Personal: Time with family, cooking, hobbies, reading, housework etc.