Year of Self

Year of Self

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For the past couple of years I've eschewed the practice of the New Year's Resolution in favour of broader goals or themes for the year. These have been helpful for me in providing an overall direction or guidepost for me as I work to make incremental improvements or changes throughout the year. Where I've been... The first of these, "Year of Less", helped me to de-clutter mentally and physically, as well as direct my efforts towards a few specific projects and tasks. This ultimately gave me more focus on those tasks and helped me to find both professional and personal growth. Most recently 2018 was my "Year of Done." The overall theme was one of working things through to completion and reducing procrastination. This was all about not putting off…
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Simple Isn’t Easy

Simple Isn’t Easy

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Simple and easy -- These are two words that the English language allows people to confuse and that often become the source of misunderstandings of all sorts of sayings, advice, instructions and all manner of other communication. What's the difference? Easy is a measure of difficulty. If something is easy to do, it doesn't require a great deal of effort and most people will be able to complete the task. The level of ease may depend on other factors, tall people can reach things more easily than short people for example, but generally speaking if something is easy the majority of people will be able to do it without much stress or difficulty. Simple is a measure of complexity. If something is simple there are few steps involved, or no…
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Sharpen the Saw… Or Something

Sharpen the Saw… Or Something

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Writing software is something I've loved to do for a very long time. But a little over a decade ago I made some career choices that meant my day-to-day no longer involved the production of code. I became an amateur developer. Since then I've noodled around with things here and there, and have even managed to write some code that I or a small number of other people have used, but I find it hard to prioritize the time to do these things. Despite coding not being one of my day-to-day tasks anymore it's still something I'm involved with indirectly every day so it makes sense for me to keep that skill set as sharp as I can. Possible solution - scratch my own itch: find a problem I want…
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Remove the Barriers

Remove the Barriers

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The key to success is quite often getting started. The laws of conservation of energy apply to the macro scale of our lives as much as they do to the basic physical principles of the universe. A body at rest will remain at rest, while a body in motion will remain in motion. For anyone who's ever tried to "[get in shape][get-in-shape]" the starting of that routine is often done with sheer willpower. That's hard enough at the best of times. Most of the times we don't make that healthy choice easy because there are just to many little barriers in the way. These are barriers that tend to overcome our willpower when it's time to do the healthy thing, but they're generally not major obstacles. The key is to…
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Year of Done

Year of Done

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Done. It's a word that conjures up finality. Following in the footsteps of 2017's "[Year of Less][less]" I have christened 2018 my "Year of Done". I'm not a big fan of resolutions, be they New Year's or otherwise. I do however like the idea of a theme for the year. After some soul-searching, add some cognitive down-time in the month of December, I have decided that "done" will be my theme for 2018. I've told this to a couple of people over the last few days, and the most common question I get back is: "what do you mean by '*done*'"? For me, and for the purposes of the theme, I have two specific meanings of the word done. The first one is the most common sense of the word…
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