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maandag, augustus 15, 2022

WFH guide: How to keep out distractions

If you are Working From Home (WFH) from time to time, you might've realized that Home really isn't a great place to Work from. 

A loud neighbor utilizing a leaf blower? The dog next door doing his imitation of the five seasons in one barking session? Those Tax statements that you wanted to look at? When was the last time anyone vacuumed the floor? Before you know it, it's 12:45, and you haven't done any work-related-work except maybe turn your laptops VPN on. 

So I've found that the best place to WFH is in fact not home, but the neighborhood's library

  1. They usually have air conditioning, so in summer it's just a better indoor climate here than at home.
  2. There are quality chairs and quality desks to work from. 
  3. Ample power outlets abound (although my M1 works longer on a day's charge than I do). 
  4. Although the internet has more information, the information density of an old-fashioned dead-tree (book) is still not surpassed. And you have a ton of those very handy nearby, just in case you, as a young urban professional "information worker" actually need some information.
  5. Free Wifi.
  6. Catering is usually pretty good too.
Are there no downsides to working from home library?

There is one I can think of:
  1. Other People
Yes, other people. They walk around. They cough. Not only that, but they talk. This should be forbidden but isn't (yet): they bring their little kids into the library where they talk, laugh, run, cry and make a general ruckus 😱

So, in lieu of the proper Regulations and Law's that will fix this long term, how can we work here without being distracted All. The. Time? 

Get yourself:
  1. In-ear custom made sound dampeners, and plug these in
  2. Next, were the 3M™ PELTOR™ Optime™ III ear muffs over your ears. (Added advantage is that people can see that you are not hearing them, which will discourage them from talking to you).
The combination of these two will block about 95% of all sounds. Other tips to minimize distractions:
  1. Choose a spot where there is no direct sunlight (to prevent glare on your screen).
  2. Sit with your back to people.
And that's it, lovely people. It is possible to work almost without distractions from a comfortable environment ☺️

zaterdag, juli 16, 2022

Learning The Elite Class - by Aella - Knowingless

Everyone here does seem more… mentally together. Conscientious, maybe? It seems like they're probably working way more hours than I am. I don't understand how they do it, and I can't tell if I or they are the weird ones. People here are directors of strategy or vice presidents or head tech coordinators or editors at magazines. I don't think I could do any of that even if I had all of it handed to me. 

vrijdag, maart 18, 2022

Preventing burn-out by changing your work ethics.

After reading this article in the Baffler and after reading these HN comments I came up with my own set of rules to prevent burn-out:

I've long suspected that my work ethics shield me from getting a burn-out. These ethics are:
  • work is a way, a tool, a means to an end: to make money. 
  • If work becomes more (a way to meet people, a way to have a higher status, a way to fill time) then it should be culled, cut off, put back in its proper corner.
  • work should not be enjoyed too much. Lest you come into temptation to do more of it than necessary.
  • work should also not be too boring. A little challenge now and again is fine.
  • work should be done diligently (you should do the required tasks, and recommend improvements). Any time your suggestions for improvements are sworded down, you should NOT worry. After all, you only work for money, not for your ego.
  • work should be done honestly (no lying, stealing or cheating).
  • Do not take shit from colleagues. Talk to them about their behavior. No change? Talk to the manager. Still no change? Transfer or quit this job.
  • Do not take shit from managers or your boss. Be open about this and direct: the buck stops here. Period.
  • It helps to have F-you money. I suggest 2-3 years salary is a nice stash. 
  • work should not be done too much (working 2 to 4 days per week seems ideal. I've worked for 3 days a week for years and can highly recommend it).
  • You do not work overtime, not even when paid, unless there is an emergency. If there are more than 1 emergencies per year, then the company's definition of an emergency is wrong. Look for a less toxic company.
  • You do not do any unpaid overtime. Work is for money. No money means no working. It's really that simple. But would you really want to abandon your colleagues/coworkers? No, but it's the task of the shareholders or company owners to chip in, not yours.
  • When fired, give yourself a year sabbatical.
  • In case of being fired, do not take it personally. Were you really under-performing, or was your new manager just not able to appreciate your work? Hint: he was too short-sighted to see your work's true value. 
  • But what if the manager was right? Maybe you do suck at this. It is better to think about such soul-searching things after the sabbatical. When you still agree: look for a whole new kind of work. A different position with fresh perspectives.

The New Neurasthenia | Charlie Tyson

[This book] is an attack on the cruel idea that work confers dignity and therefore that people who don't work—the old, the disabled—lack value. On the contrary, dignity is intrinsic to all human beings, and in designing a work regime rigged for the profit of the few and the exhaustion of the many, we have failed to honor one another's humanity.

maandag, maart 14, 2022

We are big losers (of weight)

I found this on HackerNews as a comment and thought, why not try it?

I will say what worked for me ( lost 30 Kgs ( 66 Lbs ) in ~6 months ) sorted by what I think it is easier and more effective:

1. Eat slowly, as slowly as you can, the feeling of being full takes a while to reach your brain ( I know this is not the scientific correct definition but gives the idea ), the slower you eat the less you eat.

2. Drink a lot, something I noticed is that sometimes I want to eat something but the reality is that I want to drink and I'm just eating to get the liquids out of the food, when you want to eat first drink a glass of water and wait 1 minute to see if you still want to eat.

3. Brush your teeth 5 minutes after you eat anything, I myself find washing my teeth a chore and I want to do as less as possible, brushing my teeth after lunch stops me from eating snacks after lunch because I don't want to dirty my teeth and wash them again.

4. Have a food journal, use an app to log everything you eat, before you eat it. It is important that is before because in this way you know how many calories you are going to eat, and sometimes that number is higher than what you expected, at least on me this usually has the effect that I choose to eat less of what I was going to eat or I will eat something else entirely.

5. Eat breakfast as late as you can, and dinner as early as you can. This is called intermittent fasting and works, but it requires quite a willpower.

6. This one is the one I find the hardest but also the most effective: Limit the amount of sweets you eat, I know it is hard as hell and when you see a sweet you already start salivating ( or at least I do ), but say to yourself: "today I will eat maximum 250kcal of sweets ( that is usually 1 croissant max )" or if you are more advanced you can swap today for "this week"

7. This one doesn't really apply to me because in my country we have the culture of cooking, but from what I heard around it helps in countries where cooking at home is uncommon: Cook your food from scratch, don't buy a ready meal, cook it yourself, in this way you have full control of what goes in that meal and you know what goes in it, it will save you from eating unnecessary sugars and conservants.

zaterdag, maart 12, 2022

Why Modern Movies Suck - They Teach Us Awful Lessons

Een interessant filmpje over de "levenslessen" die je vroeger leerde uit films, vergeleken met wat je er nu uit leert.

vrijdag, maart 11, 2022

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