Dear reader, I found this old, unpublished post recently. Actually, it's one of a large number of posts I'd thought I'd lost for good. I can't tell you exactly when I wrote it, but its contents surprised me, as I'd (thankfully) forgotten about this episode. I appreciated the reminder of the many benefits of staying active and focused and thought you might as well.
I can't believe the last few weeks. A flu morphed into another two weeks of absolute unadulterated SLACKING and this is after I started to feel better! My good habits took a nose dive and I feel AWFUL! I can't believe how quickly our bodies and our minds adapt to a new level of laziness and need for creature comforts.Read More
Sabbaticals are traditionally a time of paid leave for academics to travel or work on projects that would not be possible to focus on during a given academic year. The structure of the academic sabbatical is often for these professionals to take such a leave every seventh year*, with both the word and its frequency having roots with the word "sabbath".
These rejuvenation periods are a unique opportunity to take a step back from the daily grind. Universities understood the benefit for an individual to have a chance to think, discover and experience a different perspective. After all, they employed thinking professionals.
Given our thought economy, doesn't it make sense to expand the use of sabbaticals?Read More
While attending a conference this past September, I found myself increasingly preoccupied with my trio of electronic devices. I was constantly checking my iPhone, working on my laptop or iPad, and seeking WiFi hotspots to ensure I could stay connected. I was downright manic about it.
Funny how that always seems to happen when there's something I need to do that I desperately want to avoid.Read More
If you're a regular reader, you might have noticed fewer posts of late. It’s because I've been feeling increasingly overwhelmed and I've chosen to take a step back to reassess what I'm doing.Read More
Do you recognize the following scenario?
You start working on a project or problem. It takes a bit of time, but soon enough, you are immersed in it and you are producing great work. You lose track of everything other than what you are working on: time, hunger, thirst, other commitments.
It feels incredible. However much time has gone by, you have accomplished more work in one sitting than you sometimes are able to accomplish all day, maybe even all week!
Congratulations! It means you achieved a state of "flow".Read More
I love books. Always have and likely always will. Non-fiction is a preference, without keeping to that genre exclusively. Favourites range from healthy lifestyle, philosophy and happiness; to personal finance, investing and economics, to business, productivity and marketing; and, of course, include web design, writing and blogging.
So, why not share insights gained by reading copious amounts? I'll provide the occasional book review or summary right here on this page.
For starters, I thought I'd offer a short list of the top book(s) by category.Read More