"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way." - Henry David Thoreau
Nov 11, 2020
139 Stashed Ideas
We usually check the time using smartwatches and smartphones, which have clocks tallying the time with signals from atomic clocks, some of which are installed on GPS satellites.
The signals from atomic clocks are now becoming increasingly accurate, allowing us to measure gravity waves in ways previously unimaginable.
The concept of a work-life balance suggests that work and life are two separate entities that need to be kept equal. Historically, labour was a necessary struggle and was seen as a means for sustenance and survival. It is no wonder that work is seen in a negative light.
But what about creative work or intellectual work? When we research a topic out of curiosity, is this unpaid work?
GTD is a productivity method for organizing your to-dos, priorities, and schedule in a way that makes them all manageable.
Its 5 principles are:
The specific stimuli of a coffee shop: a combination of noise, casual conversations and visual variety provide us with a low-level distraction that is conducive to creativity.
The low-to-moderate levels of ‘ambient noise’ boost our abstract thinking, creativity, decision making and senses, something known as stochastic resonance.
We don't need to be able to improvise to achieve flow states. We can turn off the constant time-keeping moments when in artistic rapture or contemplation. Activities such as meditation, hypnosis, and daydreaming can also induce altered states of consciousness.
During improvisation, a performer's moment-to-moment decisions and actions may feel as if they happen outside of time and without intention. But, if performers become overly self-aware or self-conscious for too long, they can lose the flow state, and their performance will suffer.
We can't waste valuable energy on mindless activities while putting off what matters most for later.
In business, wasting energy means working on low-value tasks, and thinking busywork is the same as productivity.
The email experiment works as follows: