Category: Productivity

Chimney pots and slate removed

I am very intrigued with the idea of attention redirection towards something that is much more worthy, as advocated by Jenny Odell in her book How to do Nothing (and if you have been reading here long enough or are my friend in real life, you’d know how much I have been raving about the […]

No there and then

I think the last time I ever went anywhere and voluntarily decided not to be 24/7 connected to the Internet was five years ago. It was a weekend trip, and I got my flight booked to attend the TEDxTalk in Ubud, Bali. I decided to splurge on staying at a villa overlooking the terraced paddy […]

More than just data points

(Update Nov 21: I should revisit this post about the quantification of relationship below to include more critical views regarding neuroatypicality, which I sorely lack awareness of and in the process of learning more. If this hasn’t been updated yet, know if you read it, you should consider your thoughts along those lines too.) I […]

Question your models of the universe

Urban Tetris, by graphic designer Mariyan Atanasov I first read Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings back in 2006 when it first started, as someone newly adjusting to a working life in a fast-paced corporate world and was in a need of some beautiful, inspiring writing on life and whatnot. Thirteen years later today, it is still […]

A walking dictionary of joy

I have decided this is going to be my solely 2020 goal: Especially after stumbling into Zan Romanoff’s newsletter where she talks about the struggles of trying to discern how much you have achieved things in life and how much you want to achieve more, but still feel like you aren’t there yet (I believe […]

The good job

I have been thinking about work (since I will be returning to work soon, as my doctoral journey is almost over) particularly on the subject of setting boundaries. I have been practising this with my freelance clients — no, I could not send over a 2,000 word proofreading work in 2 hours; no, I could […]

Do you actually care about other people?

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and star of comedy series Fleabag, surrounded by her Emmys I’m always happy to receive Jocelyn K Glei’s newsletter in my inbox, for she always shares all the insightful articles and links on productivity, and more importantly, on hurrying slowly, which is a quite clever wordplay on moving at your very own […]

Sort of like an exhale

I guess this is the year where I reread the books I have read from a few years ago. At the top of my mind, the books that I have reread this year were Bruce Chatwin’s Under the Sun (I definitely had an absolutely different take especially reading it again right after finishing an Edward […]