Future Nomads, and Outsourcing

  1. The perfect job done well
    1. Work you like, people you like, anytime, anywhere = entrepreneur, nomad, or happy employee? Why choose?
  2. There is a crisis, and some things will change
    1. What will disappear: 
      1. traditional offices
      2. Traditional work schedules
      3. Pay for location and cost of living
    2. What will start:
      1. Cultural attachment that forms a company and make sit hold together
      2. Move towards remote working and cross-state commutes
      3. Market pressures for agility will 
    3. Pain-points
      1. Current employees will need to go with the blow – adapt or die
      2. Companies have to learn how to breathe nitrogen to survive
      3. New opportunities will show up in the market – who will be there to catch them
  3. Strengthening of fringe trends
    1. 2000 saw the normalization of outsourcing during recovery from the burst
    2. Outsourcing has always suffered from the cultural gap
  4. The coming opportunity
    1. Unique gap by standing on both sides of the fence
    2. Outsourcing done better as remote working

Offloading the Subconscious

Reading about a major part of the brain being sub-conscious
Unfinished business in constantly working the brain
Develop mind like water
Single trusted system with regular checkpoints
My secret: I do not know how many balls I juggle, and it does not matter
Making it look easy
The basics

Stress reduction while achieving high productivity

Single-system:

  1. Life’s multiple domains that each have priorities
    • Work/home/hobby
    • What is the desired level of system compartmentalization (security, workflow, shared)
  2. Using multiple systems feels like two lives
    • Layered calendars facilitate a unified view
    • Two task-lists and deliverables present daily friction 
  3. Double-listing of tasks at weekly review (extra work vs friction)

Practical system:

  • Weekly planning, and daily stock-taking
  • Weekly calendar planning and clean borders
  • Collaborating with others
    • Set clear rules and stick to them to provide a reliable and trusted structure
    • Take care of the basic role to qualify to say “no”
    • Make exceptions only after making it clear how it is disrupting the system

Intended Results:

  • Mind like water  status of just in time action
  • Stress reduction while achieving high productivity
  • Live in the “important + non-urgent” quadrant
  • Exercise assertiveness and get rid of the self-expending and compromised helpful nice-guy syndrome
  • Be intentional about new projects and how they fit in the grand plan

An algorithm for happiness

  • Life is a mix of successes and problems – hopefully linked
  • Happiness with no root is delirium and has no purpose
  • Windfall money that is not worked for is not as sweet as that which comes from toil
  • Happiness is not a result, but a journey and the linking of the two can define mundane or otherwise (objectively/conventionally unhappy) situations as happy (example: enjoying and old car)
  • Contentment is a starting point pr a state of being that can be context or precede the more ephemeral result of happiness (causal)

What Next?

  • Document and triage my problems so that I can isolate and live with context (things I cannot change)
  • Create a clear path from what is (problems) and the desired (solutions) so that there is constant movement from problems I can solve, so linked solutions
  • Internal feeling of “can do”, – let us examine how that can breed contentment and inner peace

Schedules: Too little or too much

This is an examination of conscience (of sorts). I have rejected the idea that people can be busy (much as it is a badge of honor to claim as much), but more of stressed/surprised/over-scheduled/etc. I question if there is a linear limit to an individual’s output and if there are ways that this can be increased. I touch on strategies that can virtually make this limitless and even reduce the human toll.

¡Llegué en La Habana!

One crazy day in August/September 2019, I got home and searched Google for flights to Cuba. I had heard many a peer talk about a past trip to Cuba and how it was a unique experience. I decided to book a trip…, say 1 month away. If I ‘came to my senses’ and thought differently, I could very well forgo the cost (initially about $250) and stay in the safety of my routine; maybe just go to a salsa-dancing in my choice of local venue with a Spanish name.

… fast track and I was at the balcony of La casa blanca in a conversation using my then only 30 words of Spanish!

El Malecón de la Habana – from the balcony

Revisiting my website hosting architecture

In this recording is a review of my current web hosting architecture as I see it after several months of active use. Specifically, I cover the shortcomings of the current setup, ways around each one and advantages of each alternative. This post mainly sets the stage for future updates or posts…

  • What are the core needs?
  • Review of my current setup and available alternatives
  • Discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each option
  • Next steps

Contrasting social Internet from social media

Membership in any one of the social media platforms has its benefits; that are seldom longterm. By definition, these platforms come and go. In the next 17 minutes of audio, I will cover the following points as I set context for my decision to leave social media (not that I was that invested). I am instead focusing on establishing and maintaining a robust internet presence.

NB: The audio-levels are much higher/better in this post.

  • Briefly explain the Internet of past and the built-in autonomy of publishing
  • Contrast with the walled-garden idea that characterizes: BBS, AOL, FB, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc using the controlled model
  • Tying your fate to that of the walled-garden that you live in VS
  • Leaving an alias that enables others to find you regardless of what garden or personal island you move to
  • Walled safety AND house-rules that stifle unique authenticity (sandboxes have rules/censorship)