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  • GHDR 2019 June Review: Diagnosing the need to “Chill Out”

    June 7, 2019

    Making sense of the ruins of my GHDR process It’s time for my fourth progress report for Groundhog Day Resolutions (GHDR) 2019! In my last report and its followup I wrote about “flipping the script” to focus on making interesting knowledge artifacts that I thought would be more true to the kind of “genuine feeling of expressive freedom” I want. I’ve been back from vacation for about three weeks now trying to put the new script in action, but I’ve been finding it very difficult to get back into work mode. I’ve spent a day thinking about the problem, and think the problem is my need for singular focus and activation energy to overcome the natural deficiencies in motivation that I have. I am personally rather annoyed by this, but in the spirit of assessing and moving onward I’ll break it down as best I can. On the positive side, I’ve been using an iPad Pro with Good Notes 5 to help think through this problem; it’s a game changer! I’ll write about that some other time. (more…)

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  • Productivity Reboot: An “Open Notebook” Goal Framework

    May 22, 2019

    I’ve been trying to accept that I can’t work on more than one or two things at a time, and that my progress is going to be frustratingly slow. I decided that this was OK, and I would learn to temper my expectations and stop being so negative about it. My progress slowed to a crawl while I was in Taiwan for extended family visitations, but this led to a new insight that I could reframe the competition between all the different things I want to do as a single activity.

    To compare, let’s look at my current goals/interests, which all compete for my time and focus:

    • stationery business
    • blogging
    • billable software development
    • community development
    • software development and programming mastery
    • practical knowledge management for workflow
    • workflow and productivity processes
    • collecting, synthesizing, and sharing new knowledge from disparate sources

    I think I can reduce this to a single task:

    • produce and post useful primers, toolkits, and seeds

    If you’ve been following my Groundhog Day Resolutions, you might recognize this single task my third strategic initiative for 2019. I haven’t yet made any progress on this goal, and this lack of movement has really bothered me. As is common, I found my time being consumed by EXISTING commitments that helped me maintain the status quo but did not contribute to a better future.

    So…I am going to try flipping the script by making my third strategic initiative into the umbrella directive. (more…)

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  • Taiwan Trip 2019.02 – Boxed Meal Biendang Assortment!

    May 12, 2019

    I love boxed dinners

    It’s becoming clear to me on this trip to Taiwan that the kind of traveller I am is a bit on the boring side. I’d call myself a nomadic homebody, someone who likes to travel to a new destination to just take my time exploring from the comfort of a home base. Perhaps this is why I’m more excited about box dinners here called biendang. These are the Taiwanese version of Japanese bento, yet another way that Japanese colonial rule influenced the culture here. I love biendang, and this is the first time that I’ve gotten to eat a lot of them in a row.

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  • GHDR 2019 May Review: Reacquiring Focus

    May 5, 2019

    "Owl Pot at Taichung Flower Market" It’s time for the third goal review for 2019, aka Groundhog Day Resolutions Review (AKA GHDR)! I’ve been feeling dissatisfied with my progress, and I think it’s because I find the process of tracking goals rather tedious.

    I’m also in Taiwan again this month, and am in fact writing this blog post on my dad’s dining room table in Taichung City. Being away from home has helped me see my goals from a different perspective. I believe that I can regain focus by simplifying my methodology further by tracking what really matters. (more…)

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  • Taiwan Trip 2019.01 – Journey to the West Coast and East

    April 25, 2019

    Journey to Taichung I am officially in “vacation mode” while visiting family in Taiwan. This year I’m going to try to maintain the mindset of being productive without feeling like I have to be. My list of productive things can be found on the Groundhog Day Resolutions 2019 Page, if you’re curious what those are.

    Anyway, I’m going to try making a series of very light travel blog posts, starting with this one!

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