I’ve had trouble for years with consistent exercise. My record was exercising daily for 48 days, then 16, before something would block my progress and I’d revert to my sedentary lifestyle for months. Thanks to this weekly column, I’ve kept exercising almost daily since March. A few days off aren’t too bad when I’m otherwise trying to exercise at least three times a day with “51” of the most intense rows I can give to the rowing machine.
Of all my writing, reviews are by far the most difficult to write. They’re not directly helpful to others and they instigate emotional debates. When the score is negative, all I want to do is rush it out the door so I can move on, and when the score is positive there isn’t much criticism happening. So why criticize? Celebrating well-executed things, encouraging improvement, holding people accountable for what they contribute to the world, and…
“Let’s make a list of everything that’s been happening. We’ll iron the issues out one-by-one.” “Let me just tell you the truth. This thing is a piece of…” That’s my cue that the issue is not technical. We aren’t troubleshooting a technical issue, per se, instead I’ve stepped into the role of therapist helping ease the technojunkie’s technological anxiety. Without getting into specifics, here are five strategies I’ve used to talk people off their cliffs.
In last week’s brainstorming update to “The Story,” I covered how main characters Trishna and John (left) would clash. Even the most connected people clash, after all, especially when both are fiercely independent. It’s about balance: if one is more comfortable jumping into the fray than thoroughly researching, let them perform their strengths to build a more cohesive team. Let’s see how they solve problems, and how teams solve problems, in this Applied Psychology crossover:
Spoiler Warning Scale: None! (just brainstorming)
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“Years of mutual rivalry between The Magnificent Curley and The Great Sleepwalker culminated last night in the greatest spectacle the galaxy has ever seen at The Milky Weighstation Alltheater! Their yo-yos thrilled audiences to tears! Their cheers echoed throughout planet Visolat! We haven’t seen magic like this, folks, since the legendary competition between The Mathmagician and The Vigorous Vieneau! Join me, Dash Komethaus, as we cover my ten highlights! It’s gonna be a wild ride!”
If you want to get better at anything, you’ve got to practice. In basketball, if you want to practice free throws, it works best on an empty court. Just you and the hoop. It’s not as interesting as a basketball court filled with people and it’s not as fun as playing a game. Studying how you’ve thrown each shot, however, will lead to more insight. Similarly, float tanks are like clearing the court of distraction.
Just as my writing focus shifted away from thrifting, I’ve lost some interest in long-form nonfiction narration under the guise of concert reviews. They’ll still happen occasionally. Over the past month, I’ve written little more than thinking up an introduction to a hypothetical Metallica review: “Without exaggeration, I’ve listened to Symphony and Metallica while writing over 50% of the material I’ve uploaded here. Did they disappoint?” So let’s briefly cover this backlogged batch of 5 concert reviews.
Average Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] [53 stars out of a 100 possible star rating]
Adjusted Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5] [some excellence]
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I’ve burned off 20 pounds since March and I feel 100% better. I’m able to do more, I feel less tired afterward, and as a direct result: my wardrobe has changed. I’d already switched over to white dress shirts months ago. Cleaning house this weekend sealed it: through maintaining my dietary, physical, and emotional discipline, I hopefully won’t return to XL polo shirts. I have once before. Maybe it’s just a matter of consistency, accountability, and maintenance?
Nature unites us, even in the digital age. Natural events like 2017’s solar eclipse may occasionally remind us that there are more important events out there than the technological trivialities that we’ve accidentally become addicted to as technojunkie zombies. We will probably still process this information through digital lenses, either through photography or interacting with others abroad, though is that really that bad? Shouldn’t we embrace tools that enable us to experience life more vivaciously?
“Today, I helped maybe 10 people. Why not 10,000 people?” When I first started working, I was just happy to help anyone I could. As I become more experienced in both work and life, I see the value in both continually improving my work and the lives of others. This effort requires sacrifice. You might sacrifice leisure for study time or steady work for the chance to do more rewarding, better work. Bands are great examples: