Archive for September, 2019

Pace yourself in career and exercising

September 29, 2019

On Friday my chiropractor informed me that, starting next week, he is only working mornings. He said, “throughout my life I have always paced myself.” He is currently 69 years old  and wants to work another 14 years, to the age of 83. To enable this, he is reducing the stress on his body (chiropractic is a physically demanding occupation).

The words “pace myself” struck a chord with me. I have never been good at pacing myself. In anything. But I will change. I will look at my career as a marathon, not a sprint. I will look at my exercising as a life-long endeavor, not a short-term ego trip.

So, practically, what does this mean? It means that I will stop dedicating nearly every waking hour of my life to work. I will stop being obsessed with exercising. I will find, appreciate, and enjoy other things in life.

Parents, don’t let your child grow up to be a video game designer

September 7, 2019

4-year old Tommy announces: “When I grow up, I want to be a science teacher.”

“Wonderful,” replies his grandfather. “That is an excellent career choice.”

Six months elapse. Tommy has discovered video games and is now immersed in them.

Tommy announces: “When I grow up, I want to be a video game designer.”

This time his grandfather kept his thoughts to himself. He thinks, “That is an awful choice. We have too many video games already. The world doesn’t need another video game designer.”

3 easy steps to freeing your mind of stress and worry

September 7, 2019
  1. Write down all the tasks you need to accomplish. When a task is finished, check it off the list. Have one to-do list for work, another for non-work. Writing the tasks down saves you from juggling them all in your head 24×7.
  2. Read novels that engage your interest but don’t tax your mind. This gives your mind a rest from thinking about work and the stress of reading heavy technical material.
  3. Reduce the amount of news consumed. Avoid incendiary news organizations which deliberately stir up emotions. Stick with reading web sites that just report the facts without fanning the fire of emotion.