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2021 February. Work.

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I was pretty busy at work, especially at the end of the month. That's also a reason why this post is so late.

New posts #

Books I've read #

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Interesting mystery-thriller with a bit of sci-fi. A little too complicated for me, but that's not a genre I usually read. Pretty good overall.

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin. I've missed a little bit of organization in this book, but there is a lot to learn from it. Importance of categories and how useful is a junk drawer for things that don't fit anywhere. It turns out that categorization and organization are integral parts of learning and making sense of ideas. I've gained a new level of respect for methods of, e.g., grouping your tasks or responsibilities.

Elsewhere on the Web #

Setting goals is largely overrated

Takeaway: Traditional goals are kind of overrated: they don't have a natural end point, and sometimes not much even changes when we accomplish them. It's far more productive to focus on projects and habits.
It makes so much sense to me and reminds me about Nine Lies About Work, which challenged the idea of goals, OKRs, and other management fashion trends. They don't bring much value for the substantial effort they require—no wonder the same is true for a single person.

Reduce Noise, Not Cognitive Biases

More importantly, it tells us what to pay attention to. It tells us that we should look to noise, not biases. It tells us that we should start watching the research on prescriptive noise reduction, at least in the field of judgment and decision making.

Updates #

Unicorn Developer. Added a connection to the idea of the Full Spectrum Developer.

Sleep. More notes. This time about using dreams (sleep phases).

Until next time,
Krzysztof Kula 

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