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

So long 2020. Now what?

This is a quick recording that I made during the last 3 minutes of 2020. In essence, the cross from 2020 to 2021 is a documentary concept, and human beings like creating episodes in life to introduce coherence and add meaning.

2020 to 2021, some thoughts