Category: Productivity

Lists lists lists

Today that I learned that someone wrote a book specifically on my favourite thing ever: lists. The book is called The Checklist Manifesto, written by surgeon Atul Gawande. I believe he wrote the book after he helped develop WHO’s surgical safety checklist — a 19-item list over the course of three stages of surgery — […]

NOSMO

I made a decision to log out of my Instagram account, uninstall the app, and go on indefinite hiatus today. There are two reasons mainly. One, is that I decide to place myself within some personal crunchtime towards submitting my thesis in all its entirety. I am happy that this is going well so far, […]

How to ask good questions

I think the biggest thing that put me off presenting on conferences or talks of any kinds is not about the presenting part — which, despite self-claiming to be struggling with stage fright, is something I have managed to deal with this year — but more towards dealing with the Q&A session. I presented at […]

Bring out your blogs

A very short one tonight, on the month that is the 20th anniversary of the word “blog”, and as we all know “anniversaries are welcome opportunities to renew vows, to rejuvenate traditions, and to build on foundations”, so this is yet another call to action to bring out your blogs, because: Some of those above […]

Get a plant to water often

I’m 3 years away of turning 40. Forty! What an absolute joke, I keep telling myself. I felt like my life skipped the whole 20s entirely and I turned 30 before I knew it. I remember about 10 years ago, talking about turning 38 in 2020 with a partner at the time, planning that we’d […]

Outside, unable to get in

Yesterday in The Red Hand Files, Nick Cave offered this advice for an exasperated songwriter who couldn’t seem to write a song, right after ‘giving’ him one of his own: My advice to you is to change your basic relationship to songwriting. You are not the ‘Great Creator’ of your songs, you are simply their […]

Progress is never permanent

Something very quick before I am off for my Eid break. I think I have mentioned that I always have an unhealthy relationship with progress in a sense that I am impatient. Once I learn something new, I want to be good at it right away. I also think that I am impatient because a […]

On productive stupidity

I am feeling somewhat scared now. I just walked out of this online workshop on Social Media and Social Network Analysis conducted by social media researcher, Dr Wasim Ahmed. It was brilliantly ran and I was very grateful for the online option offered, which is useful for someone 6000 miles away from where the workshop […]