Still felt tired after napping for extra 2 hours on top of the 4.5 hours of sleep last night.
Debated if I should let myself sleep more right now (only 7pm) and not worry about writing or feel guilty of not being more productive. Reason is I’ve spent 4h and 16m fiddlin with my phone today, app switching between twitter, IG, youtube, FB, WA. and 2.5h reading articles, ebooks, listening to music all while hovering half awake.
This is a normal pattern of behavior when I’m sleep deprived anyway.
Then I thought: would I force my kid to stay awake…
Our ability to respond to the new and different is part of what makes us human. We’re interested in creating more of whatever is outside of that status quo. Generally, this interest serves us well. In an evolutionary context it has likely saved us from extinction several times.
At this point in our warp-speed information age, our well-being demands that we understand and control our neophilia lest it control us. We already crunch four times more data — e-mail, tweets, searches, music, video, and traditional media — than we did just thirty years ago, and this deluge shows no signs…
I think AI being so good they can do the production-line type of work for us is a GOOD thing.
It frees us up to be human instead of training ourselves to be better at things that computers are good at: storage, retrieval, sequencing, logic, rule-based inference.
What makes human, human? How can we be the most-human human?
I’m realising lately that I’ve spent most of my adult life training to be a better computer. Learning to code, being logical, critical thinking, systematic, methodical, codifying, formulating, reverse engineering, reductionistic, dismissed emotions as less-valid for decision making.
I think all those are necessary, and I’ve reached a point of diminishing return. Now is a good time for me to focus on learning how to be a better human.
Originally published at Proses.ID.
Hi, if you want to read the Indonesian version of this post, you can do it here.
So I guess I need to start accepting the fact that people feel inspired by me just existing and doing normal activities….
It always rubs me the wrong way when people say they find me inspiring.
I get approached all the time by strangers, telling me “semangat”. A word of encouragement in Indonesian — roughly translates to “keep up the spirit”.
Or “hebat ya”. i.e. “you’re amazing”.
At the gym people would tell me I am so brave, did not let my limitations…
I thought I have cracked the code to having a good day.
I’ve been tracking my time and activities on spreadsheets since Dec 2018. I know the hours I sleep, the things I eat, my mental clarity, my physical fitness, what I consumed that day, what I produced aka achieved that day (non work related), what my work day was like, what supplements I took, what my digestion was like (sorry TMI), and I rated each day on a scale of 1 to 5.
I came to the conclusion that the days with the highest ratings fall into two categories:
What are you learning right now? Top of my list right now is: getting better at asking for help. I’ve personally been struggling with this forever. Asking for help are about communicating your needs — first to yourself and then to others.
Many people seems to struggle with asking for help and I think there are a couple of pieces to this:
Different people tripped up on different stages. …
Perfect communication is HARD. We can only make it less bad. We can communicate better by fixing one bad practice at a time.
In the first part of this series, we dissected the belly of modern communication and got to know the Pieces. Then in the second part, I looked at how they relate with each other and what Rules we can derive from them. In part three, we mapped out some Steps we can take to ensure we are communicating as efficiently and effectively.
Now that we’ve laid down the groundwork. Let me share a Script with fill-in-the-blanks that…
In the first part of this series, I tried to dissect the belly of modern communication and shared the Whats. Then in the second part, I looked at how they relate with each other and what Rules we can derive from them. Now let’s see what steps we can take to ensure we are communicating as efficiently and effectively. Algorithm!
To refresh our minds, here are the different Pieces:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.
— Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer
I’d like to modify that into….
God, grant me the serenity to mute Slack notifications, courage to reject meetings I didn’t schedule, and wisdom to differentiate:
— calls that should be emails, and emails that should be calls
— Zoom that should be phone calls, and phone calls that should be Zooms
— emails that should be chat, and chats that should be email
— chat that should be…