Weekly Musings below.
- I feel quite productive usually. I’m in the habit of planning out my week and identifying deliverables I can be working on from the outset, which helps make sure nobody else fills up my week [with busywork] for me. This article on becoming a manager made me rethink my position somewhat; since a big part of my role is managing other peoples stuff also… Perhaps I shouldn’t be quite so concerned with my own productivity levels? Definitely something to ponder further in 2019.
- I still haven’t gotten around to writing my time management piece. There’s irony here somewhere… Anyway, I’m all in favour of shorter, more productive workdays. Cal Newport’s Deep Work is certainly on my list of recommended reads, and I agree with most of the other points in this article too.
- On the subject of books, Lila (Robert Persig’s sequel to Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) arrived this week, and will likely constitute my Xmas reading. Since I was between books for a while though, I grabbed Brett Easton Ellis’s follow up to Less Than Zero, Imperial Bedrooms. Jury on that one is out, for the time being…
- I’m a big fan of sleep and mindfulness. Not so great at media control, sadly. Thoughtful use of your brains recycling mechanism seems wise, per the Fast Company article here.
- I listened to Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast this week, with guest Ge Wang, who had some interesting things to say about music, computer science and in particular – Artful Design.