Too Busy Organizing to Be Productive
27 June 2022 | 6:34 pm

That's the headline of an article I read many a year ago. A headline which illustrates some of the absurd lengths more than a few people go to when hacking their systems for productivity. While the article first saw the light of day in 2007, its thrust is as true now as it was all that time ago.

This paragraph from that article sums it all up for me:

[A]s the productivity-obsessed swap tips online and around the office about filing systems, checklists and time management, advice often moves from the practical to the arcane. And the glut of suggestions and systems can actually cause people to become less productive while trying to master a constant barrage of new methods.

Some of that might be a simple case of procrastination — it's more fun to investigate tools and techniques than to do actual work. But if your goal is to be more productive, you need to stop twiddling and twerning and actually start doing the work.

Unless you do the work, all the productivity systems and all the apps and all the trappings won't help you. They become a crutch instead of a tool to help you do what you need to to and to achieve your goals.

Being Yourself
13 June 2022 | 6:47 pm

That's the hardest thing anyone can do.

For many, it's easier to put on a mask and pretend to be like everyone else. But doing that diminishes you in so many ways.

A good chunk of my life has been a rebellion against what I should do, what I'm expected to do, and what others think I should do. That stance has hurt my career and a few relationships, but I have few regrets.

What I do regret, though, are the times in which did put on that mask of conformity, of sameness. When I did that, I never felt comfortable in my own skin. I never knew if the me in the mask was a role I was playing or if it was the real me.

5 June 2022 | 8:06 pm

I just realized it's been almost 10 years since I became a stranger in a strange land. Well, I'm not that much of a stranger anymore, and the land isn't (and wasn't) all that strange anyway. But those 10 years have passed quickly. Much has happened, and much more will.

This might be hard to believe: I have no yearning to return to Canada to live out the rest of my days. I do miss some people. I do miss some things. But I haven't felt homesick for the old country. I haven't planned, even as an exercise, a trip back there.

I call Canada the old country and not home like some people in my position are wont to. Why? Because New Zealand is home. I think it was the moment I stepped off the plane at Auckland airport back in 2012. And I wouldn't change that.

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