Quick Update

Podcast queue zero, flow hacking and the 150ms rule…

Sea Point Sunset
  • Week of 5-11 February.
  • Monday, gym, office, I presented a little training session, podcast promenade walk, phone chat with Mia – she won the trophy for most points in her school gala, mostly processed email and watched a webinar.
  • Gluten-free bonus.
  • Looks like Mia’s nippers friends group has deflated. I’m a bit sad. Also, all the inter-school galas have been cancelled because of the water situation.
  • Tuesday, random admin, walked to the office, got stuck in traffic, workshop in Gardens – pizza, wine and watched the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch with Nick, Simone, Chris and Dirk – nothing short of awesome, time well spent.
  • I actually managed to get to podcast queue zero this week. That’s a first.
  • Wednesday, up early, good mood – sense of meaning, office, Clifton 1st sunset with Georg, Dan and his new girlfriend, and some rooibos gin, stayed on the beach till after dark, time well spent.
  • Thursday, work, gym, had some of Maria’s Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee – nice, sunset promenade walk.
  • I’ve been playing with the Monday.com app. Pretty cool.
  • Friday, up early, office, dev meeting, Sababa lunch, walked home, processed around 200 notes, drove to Clifton, Georg cooked a roast leg of lamb with some great red wine (thanks!), rainy evening – nice to get some rain.
  • I’ve been listening to Stealing Fire – since I ran out of podcasts. Rad audio book. Flow hacking is the next big thing. The transcendence industry is big business – keeping our pre-frontal cortex from over-thinking things all the time. Bit of an evolutionary defect there, can’t switch the sucker off easily. Pretty sure that the smarter you are, the more risk you have for a potentially wonky pre-frontal cortex.
  • Pretend You’re Good at It
  • “Two crappy pages per day.”

  • Remember the yellow square in the National Geographic logo? Have you ever wondered why that simple logo appears to be so appealing? The answer is, as you might know, the Golden Ratio! The length and width of the square have a ratio of 1.61.
  • Skills. Network. Ideas. Capital. In that order.
  • The curse of note taking. Sometimes you just have to process all those old notes.
  • Saturday, tea, backups, tinkering, wrote a letter to Radiolab (about bacteria from space), epic nap, worked a bit at La Vie – with the usual bloody mary and chicken skewers, processed another 100 notes, another nap, sunset audio book promenade walk, in bed early.
  • My latest long term health ideas… avoid gluten, white carbs, and sugar. Figure out your daily supplements. Eat enough protein, especially collagen. Walk 10k steps per day and lift weights every 2nd day. Have a daily mobility and stretching routine. Sleep more than you think you need. Fast for a week every 3 months. Know your blood biomarker data, 4x per year. Avoiding gluten has probably been the best of my recent hacks – a simple code for avoiding bad food, and big enough cultural norm to make it easy to explain.
  • Sunday, general tinkering and moar notes processing, Wembley Square gym, Van Hunks with Anton, mini nap, promenade walk – finished listening to Stealing Fire – great book, started listening to Anything You Want again, watched three episodes of The Tim Ferriss Experiment.
  • I migrated away from Zenkit – web based kanban kinda things like Zenkit and Trello just feel slow. Takes more than 150ms to do something. Same thing with Slack, everything takes seconds. Lame. Real nerds use Telegram, Simplenote, Wunderlist and Monday (so far pretty good).
  • Read Why Procrastinators Procrastinate and How to Beat Procrastination.
  • “A big list is perhaps an early phase of planning, but planning must end with rigorous prioritizing and one item that emerges as the winner – the item you’re going to make your first priority.”

  • “Business is not about money. It’s about making dreams come true for others and for yourself. When you make a company, you make a utopia. It’s where you design your perfect world.” — Derek Sivers

Have a fun week, crazy kids.

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