Why and How to Keep Important Things in Order.
Let me tell you a story.
“He Sleeps in a Storm” from a sermon by Rabbi Albert Lewis, 1975, as read in “Have a Little Faith” (page 93) by Mitch Albom.
Let me tell you a story.
“He Sleeps in a Storm” from a sermon by Rabbi Albert Lewis, 1975, as read in “Have a Little Faith” (page 93) by Mitch Albom.
Though we all want to make someone happy or smile, we get so caught up in our work and lives and travel that we don’t bother to be any nicer or do beyond what is expected of us.
I am no different and I openly talk about how my husband and I loosened up on being sweet to each other during the beginning of the lockdown to vent out a bit of pressure. But then we realized, hey, now we only got each other. There is no traffic, we can work together from home, and food is still abundant. We should sing don’t worry, be happy all day long.
A creative routine is a topic that could expand to be as large and to shrink to be as small as you like, a bit like being able to sleep. While some people can’t focus until they have meandered around for hours and finally give in to guilt, others sit and get amazing work done by just holding the pen right: having a daily creative schedule could be complicated or could be simple and natural.
What does a creative schedule even mean? A schedule that inspires creativity and helps the creators (writers, painters, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, and other creative professionals) forge their imaginations most desirably.
Also, creativity is subjective. A coder is creative when she can write a 100 line code in 10. A marketeer is creative when he can sell a toothpaste such as Pepsodent to the entire human race.
Anyone with original ideas (in or out of their work sphere) is creative.
Even though I have already written an article on how to work from home successfully, I am putting another list of handy tips for working from home. In between then and now, I have gained two more years of work from home experience, and, hence, this piece.
Also, the first article on working from home productively was more about the importance of maintaining a routine and keystone habits. Having a great routine helps in running our lives irrespective of what we are doing, but there are innumerable small (keystone and other)things that we can do to be more efficient, have more fun, and not burn out while we are at home. This article is a collection of quick ideas that we can follow to cruise through a work-from-home life smoothly.
Now let me get straight into this list of practical work from home tips and tricks.
Trigger Warning: Humor ahead.
The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself — E.E. Cummings
While writing full-time for almost three years now, I have spent a lot more time looking inwards (and would continue to do so) than I did before. When I reflect on myself, I am able to look outwards with more compassion and a deeper understanding of life. And this growing insight into the external world and my own form the roots of my personal growth and my art, both of which, in turn, feed the soil of the two with the dew from their leaves.
Learning paves way for more learning.
In this piece, I share everything that I have learned so far as a writer and from before. I believe that all that was important must have made itself available to my mind and heart while I was writing the article. And if I have missed something, either I do not care about it enough or it will appear in some form later and is not crucial until then.
Though this is more a cheat sheet for me and less an article for a reader looking for the wisdom of life, I hope I have shared some experience that will help you sail along this immense sea of life with a bit more ease. I am 32 years old, and this list of life learnings is long so you can skip ahead and read a section (all are randomly arranged with short titles) or go grab a coffee and then come back later to continue from where you left.
Quoting Galib or Bukowski or Edison doesn’t make anyone a poet or a writer or a visionary. Ideas hit hard as a hailstorm by living a dedicated life. 1
You will have to put in immense effort to create a remarkable life. There is also a teeny-tiny factor of luck. 2
Things take their course. Hydrate yourself with patience. 3
You can only shift the world right now, not in five minutes. 4
In simple terms —The quality of the 10,000 hours you spend to build skills is significant. The number of hours I sit on the chair to write is important, but the number of hours I don’t know if I was on the chair is even more important. Don’t pretend, do. 5
A tiny bit and one more tiny bit and another tiny bit matters̶ more than one large bit. The sum of many small things might not be greater than one big one, but several intangible forces start working in your favor when you are consistent. 6
Your honesty aids you more than it benefits anyone else. 7
Honesty is a formless invincible savior. 8
A good life is not defined by work or relationships. The size of your bungalow or the freshness of the kingfish at dinner doesn’t quantify happiness either. Though these things might affect your mood or make you more comfortable, none of these alone or together can keep you happy and fulfilled. 9
Your temperament decides if you would live a good life filled with happiness. Temperament is the mesh that holds everything together. 10
If you get upset at small things, you will stay unhappy and guilt-prone. 11
Having a bad temperament doesn’t make you a bad person. But people around you would feel like using you as a punchbag every full moon. 12
You can always improve your nature but you will have to lift heavier weights¹ than you do in the gym. 13
Every day, the smallest of the things that you do make up who you are and what you would become. 14
If someone talks about work-life balance, tell them they are lying. 15
Work-life is not different from personal-life— You don’t enter into a new realm after breakfast. It is the same world of your ideas, your cat, your husband’s messages, your ginger tea, and your books. 16
After work, you don’t migrate to a new realm of personal life, but you get access to a more freely flowing time. It is the same world of your thoughts, interests, and temperament unless you hate your work. 17
The more fluidly work and personal life flow into each other, the easier it is. And then one day you can’t tell the difference which is which. 18
Passion is the remedy for some people. 20
In the absence of passion, there is still always something that you can be good at. Find it. 21
Practice abstinence from following people unless you want to always walk behind. 22
How you do one thing is how you do everything. 23
How to know if you are doing the best? A constant judgment of your choices or results would leave you more confused than a cat looking at her reflection. Your best efforts aggregate over a period of time when you work with compassion, dedication, patience, and maneuver your path every time you realize you have made a mistake. 24
You can always do better, but you don’t know how, yet. 25
Rueing over a mistake is worse than trying to unfry the salmon. 26
You shouldn’t care about that Friday in 2014 when your ex Italian boyfriend threw your cashmere sweater out of the balcony as you would lie to yourself to fill the gap of memories³ and would hurt yourself by thinking imaginary things that are not winning you the best humor-book award either. Past is a fading star, and your reality is that milky moon up in the sky today. 27
The more you think about the past, the more habitual you become of thinking about the past — You start thinking to justify your actions and life so far but every time you feel you are done you will find more things to defend. You increase your reasons to worry rather than reducing them, ironically. Now you are watching the past from behind a hazy screen while your present is hazing away, too. 28
Letting go is the key to fulfillment.29
Small things are small. To keep them small you will have to stop obsessing over them. 30
Remove the phrase “it wasn’t fair” from your vocabulary and act as you deem correct or else get ready to unfry the salmon again. 31
Don’t be burdened by things that don’t seem to go your way. Things happen on their own accord, and it is hard to say what would do us good or what would do us bad. 32
You start to lose your understanding of yourself over a period of time. But remembering your roots is important to stay kind and compassionate. As they say, keep those old clothes hidden in the back of the closet. 33
The easier it is to bother you, the more you will be teased. 34
The world doesn’t care if you are in a bad mood or a good one even if you are Amitabh Bachchan. 35
No one is responsible for your happiness. 36
Self-pitying people always create a reason to pity themselves. You are not a reason for anyone’s unhappiness or the heart attacks they tell you they might get. 37
If you want people to care, tell stories that they care about first. 38
People are waiting for you to cheer up so that they can laugh with you. 39
Laugh and make people laugh to keep it light. 40
People will always tell you to do what they think is right. And they all think they are right. 41
The more you try to please people, the difficult it becomes to please them. 42
People accept criticism better once you have appreciated them. 43
People like you if you put yourself below them. Put yourself on a lower pedestal a few times but don’t get used to it else you will always find yourself crawling on the grass. 44
People like you more if you let go of small things. 45
If you banter with people and show that you understand where they are coming from and you are like them, too, you have them. 46
The day you stand up to lead, people will follow you. But they will only continue following you if you bring conviction and relentlessness. 47
Everyone – even the richest and most popular people – get scared of missing out. Everyone gets jealous. 48
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Worry is constipation for the mind. 49
You worry more than you need to —You always overestimate the amount of effort or pain required to complete a task. When the time comes, you don’t quantify the effort and only care for the thing to get over. Later on, you always feel that it wasn’t that hard or it was different from how you had imagined it. Worry less. 50
Bad days won’t leave you alone. Someone who doesn’t have bad days is playing PubG on Google Pixel or binge-watching Money Heist. 51
Instead of brooding on bad days, do something you enjoy, whatever gives you pleasure or brings clarity. Get to your deliverables when you stop wishing the world to end. Now you don’t have a bad day but a few relaxing hours. 52
Sometimes doing nothing and watching squirrels frolicking around should be your g̶o̶a̶l̶ essence of the day. 53
Fun is not the coolant but it is the fuel. Or: Don’t play to work better — Play to play. 54
Enjoyment doesn’t mean instant-gratification — You don’t have to grin every second, but the idea is not to cry to sleep every day either. 55
Instant gratification does refill our willpower. Now manipulate the willpower to do whatever you like. 56
Language needs to be changed with the company like one changes socks as per the wind of the day. 57
In the advent of being sincere and poetic and philosophical, you don’t have to don Neitzsche’s countenance or stop forwarding cat memes. The greatest philosophy is in knowing and accepting who you are. 58
You can not only alienate yourself from others by being too solemn, but you can also miss out on intersecting with the free wavelengths of life. 59
Be sincere, not serious. 60
If you know a little bit about everything, you are better placed than a lot of other people. 61
The easiest way to learn a lot about a lot of things is by reading books. 62
Don’t learn to be better than others. Learn to understand better. 63
Money can’t buy happiness or wisdom or well-being or relationships or anything valuable. But no-money buys unhappiness. 64
You are precious if you are not running behind money like everyone else. If you have skills, the money will come. 65
Money can buy flight tickets to Colombia and peri-peri french fries and these come close to happiness on some days. 66
Every act of kindness has the power to multiply like water hyacinth. 67
Kindness flows back. 68
Being kind sucks sometimes. 69
Ask everyone who shows up at your home for water. You never know who is drying in the drought. 70
You shouldn’t depend on your partner to do all the benevolent deeds — If he is softer than you, you still have to keep your flame of compassion and kindness ablaze. 71
Everyone can write. But you can only write well on the things you care about. 72
A lot of things can be only done well if you care. 73
Don’t shun something you aren’t proud of. See how you can improve. And that might make all the difference. 74
Lack of focus might not have anything to do with the quality of the result— Maybe it wasn’t the right time for that idea. Try it later. 75
Believing in a secret ingredient can delay you from forming your own magical formula. 76
You cannot be there before you are there. The process is the result. 77
We feel, and that is why anything matters². 79
You can never feel anyone else’s experience or happiness so don’t pity them or hate them. 80
Everyone is figuring out something or the other. 81
The people you think got it easy never had it easy. Even a white, well-educated American male struggles in deciding how to handle the privilege. And his experience counts. 82
If you want to get something that someone else has, you should try exchanging your genome to theirs, living their past life, and getting in their head first. If you haven’t had enough, try following their routine for a month. Start with Elon Musk. Now notice how absurd the idea was. 83
The more we try to become like someone, the further we go away from becoming ourselves. 84
If you are doing something because others are doing it, then the only thing you are doing is copying. 85
You don’t have to avoid something because others are not doing it. 86
You can forgive people or you can reproach them about how they hurt you — But it is not about them anymore, it is about you. 87
Instead of a reprimand, a gentle nudge in the right direction can do more good to everyone. 88
Experience helps but being a novice at something could be lucky sometimes. 89
People don’t mean everything they say. Stop taking everything literally. 90
Not everything is about you. 91
Instead of defending yourself, hit a joke with another joke. Have fun. 92
Crime isn’t committed by bad people — It is committed by people. You could have been one of those people if things didn’t work out for you the way they did. 93
Good looks leave a better first impression. Sorry, the world is biased. 94
Close friends can heal you faster than a cup of tea. Create healthy relationships for they carry you when you cannot walk. 95
Friends won’t wait for you eternally — Their life is going on while you are busy creating yours. You can either be in both lives at the same time or you can see yourself disappearing slowly from their story. 96
Don’t try to do it all . 97
If you can’t resist doing it all — do it one at a time. 98
Multitask in things that aren’t that important. 99
Blogging or writing or cartooning or doodling or Youtubing comes from a space within. It is not about how much you know, it is about how less you know and how curious you are. 100
No two blogs can be the same — people behind them are driven by different things. 101
A dilettante can’t win long-term by pretending. 102
The world is a jungle book — and you can be the man-cub. Being different could be your way. 103
Not everyone cares for your stupid examples. 104
If you are thinking about the same problems over and over (the dictionary of Obscure Sorrows describes this weariness with the same old issues as Altschmerz) it doesn’t mean that you haven’t made any progress. Progress reflects in how you struggle with those problems. 105
It is okay to not know about the art classics as long as you know about the classics of life. 106
There are fewer things better than love. Let yourself fall in love. 107
Love will come and go but don’t forget to work on yourself while you are floating in the pool of love. Else you will sink soon. 108
If you are on the wrong path, you wouldn’t miss it because you were not thinking about it. But if you overbear yourself with the same thoughts, you would definitely end up tumbling. 110
When something becomes really boring, then we are in a position to change the rules. 111
This constant tug of war between work and recreation cannot be always justified by spending more time at work — it can be only pacified by being more aware while working. 112
Doing laundry is not a waste of time. Rather than detesting the household chores, you can be open about learning something new and giving it your best as life isn’t only about the time you spent typing on your Mac. Instead, you type because you live a life away from the keyboard. Remember that work and life aren’t disjoint. 113
It is okay if you don’t remember high school science. But high school science does make adult life better. 114
Keep your basics right. Visit the dentist. Get that checkup done. Now shift to autopilot and free yourself for other stuff. 115
Don’t get married or have a baby as absentmindedly as you switch on the television every night after returning from work. Getting married or having a child is a personal decision in spite of what the world tells you. 116
Television is designed to engage you in brainless activities that keep you hooked. Unhook and pick a book or play cards with friends, you will be more fulfilled. 117
Habits can kill you or make you. Go back to the time when your mother used to discourage you from eating chocolate solely by making a statement about it being a good habit or not. 118
Worrying about forming good habits is paradoxical. Don’t do it. 119
Life could end anytime. But you live like it won’t until the last moment. 120
Most probably people would judge you, but it has nothing to do with you. 121
Keeping a gun isn’t about personal protection. 122
Democracy is a pretense. 123
Don’t let any relationship define you. 124
Banks never care about the customer. They only pretend to. Think for yourself. 125
It is okay to feel lonely. 126
Parents are jealous of their children. Your life always seems easier than theirs. Don’t hold it against them. 127
Getting the best every time is only worth it if you are unaffected if you don’t get the best. Worrying over perfection is paradoxical. 128
If you can think about it, someone else can, too. If you feel it, someone else has felt it, too. What makes you different from others is what you do then. 129
Life isn’t like a book, but more like concentric circles. 130
Creativity is larger than life because it creates life. 131
A day is made up of good time, okay time, and bad time. 132
Every day is different from the previous one, even though it seems like exactly the same. 133
Not everything can be resolved by reading an article about it. 134
Stubborn, egotistic, and relentless avant-garde people shift the world. 135
You like to hide things deep inside. Then you think about those things to comfort yourself in the hour of need, and that is okay. 136
You would feel like hurting people at times. Especially if they are more successful or more beautiful or they have hurt you before. But don’t do it. 137
Ethnolinguistics should be a subject in school. So should be emotional intelligence, personal growth, sex education, writing, arts, speech, gender identity, international relations, communication skills. If they are not, study them on your own. 138
Learn new words to express the best you can. 139
Studying a subject meticulously doesn’t take the poetry out of it. You would know the concepts and patterns so that you can identify them and use them or refuse to use them on your will. 140
Watching that molten sunset could be one of the most fulfilling things of the day. 141
Don’t do something just because someone else asked you to do it. Run on reason. 142
Until you think right you are compromising. 143
Find the fuel that your creativity demands. To begin with, live, laugh, run, cry, talk. 144
When you don’t understand something, pause. Or restart. 145
You don’t need to justify why you want to travel alone. (the linked article is only an expression of how I feel when I travel and not a justification. )146
The beginning of a solo trip is always a little scary. You feel that it is you against the world. You imagine that everyone is watching you or laughing at you because you are wandering alone. But if you let the fear go for a second and look up, you will see that people are minding their own business and not staring at you. Trust the universe. 147
You would have to step out of your comfort zone if you want to grow. Travel is the means to this end. 148
Everyone gets scared. But in spite of the fear, you should let yourself walk, make a mistake, receive feedback with open arms, and do it again. Break that wall of fear brick by brick. Now you are free to face another fear. 150
You would never be able to win the approval of negative people, so the earlier you show them the way out, the less emotional baggage you will carry. 151
The show goes on. Participate. 152
Everything is connected — The work we do, the way we treat people, the way they talk to us, the appreciation we get, the food we eat, the people we hang out with, the places we want to visit, the guilt we carry, and the memories we relish. Don’t have disjoint expectations from each part of your life. 153
The world is a continuum. The better we can interconnect ideas, the more easily we can float in life⁵. 154
Only experience can tell if something will work. 155
You can’t win by always playing hard to get. 156
No one has the power to upset you unless you give it to them. 157
It is not always easy to differentiate the cause from the result. 158
You would forget that it was about having fun. Remind yourself frequently. 159
Our ideas, promotions, commitments, financial planning, relationships all are there to make life better. So if something goes down, don’t despair: its presence was to keep you good, but its absence doesn’t mean hell. You will get everything as long as you can breathe peacefully. 160
Things always work out if you just hold on a little longer. But they may come to you in a different form from how you recognize them.161
Intuition is the collective consciousness of the life we have lived so far. Don’t ignore it. 162
Any good service or product or writing or art starts with being about you but then it is all about the people. 163
To forgive someone might seem unfair to you, but when you forgive, you soak in peace — thus getting your fair share. 164
There is always an option. 165
Art breathes inside each one of us. 166
Smile for you feel how you act. 167
Don’t just respect someone for their age, respect wisdom and kindness, and all such noble dispositions. 168
There is art in science and science in art. Once you connect the two, you have found infinity. 169
To create, first understand the rules, and then break them. 170
At some point, you start limiting yourself — Maybe when your mother first tells you that you can’t go out alone or when the neighbor comments that his son could do better than you or when the teacher scolds you for trying to understand the basics rather than repeating her answer or when you see an advertisement for a fairness cream that suggests you get fairer to have a better life. But the truth is inside the box of reason. Open it. 171
The background noise sounds louder when you are having a hard time. 172
You can do anything that you set your mind upon. 173
Without goals, you are as directionless as a sunflower is at night. 174
If you are ready to receive what comes along the way, you start moving in the direction of your goal little by little. 175
Give what it takes. And then some more. 176
Don’t be scared to lose yourself, for you might be on the path of discovering yourself. 177
Think deep, not wide.178
Most of the things have a simpler solution than you think. 179
Society is judgemental police. 180
Don’t let anyone else write your story. 181
Everything has an expiry date. 182
Sometimes you do your best work when you are tired —You would only make the effort to write that sentence if it is too good to let go. 183
Soak inspiration from the universe. 184
Words are wings. When not wings, they are swords. Choose your flights and battles wisely. 185
Your brain would expand into the time you give it to do something. Too less, and it hurries up. More, it stretches out. 186
When you feel angry or dejected, eat. Eventually, it is all about some curry and rice. 187
Walk on dewy mountain trails fringed by pines trees often. The joy is unbridled. 188
If you let go of boundaries set by others, you can tune into infinite wavelengths of freedom and choice. But be careful to not tune into noise again. 189
You need much less than you think you do. 190
Climbing stairs is always better than taking an elevator. Move your body as much as you reflex your brain so that you can climb that mountain when you want to. 191
Eventually, everything gets done. So instead of worrying, pause and breath frequently. Or kick a punching bag. Or restart your laptop to first get rid of those annoying notifications. Fix the basics. 192
The best way to live is to act as if no one is watching you. 193
If you see a longer piece of work taking time in spite of your best efforts, stand in front of a mirror. 194
When you think you have given it all, the universe will ask for more, and you will find yourself giving it more. 195
Sometimes you get into something so deep that you forget that you are inside. Let love find you at those times. 196
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1-Benjamin Franklin made a record of his everyday routine and checked if he worked on his vices.
2-Daniel Gilbert says in his book Stumbling on Happiness— Feelings don’t just matter, they are what mattering means. Are war and peace more important for any reason other than the feelings they produce?
3. We don’t remember our past as well as we think. You will find enough proof of this in Daniel Gilbert’s monumental book Stumbling on Happiness.
4. If I could suggest one book to anyone, it would be The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
5. I don’t think I can put better than this: There are no separate systems. The world is a continuum. Where to draw a boundary around a system depends on the purpose of the discussion― Donella H. Meadows
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We all hope to become a better version of ourselves. I want to be a better writer. My partner wants to be a good coder. My friend wishes to be a good mother. You dream of winning a swimming championship. Someone fancy playing the piano as Lady Gaga plays.
One way to achieve these set goals that I mentioned above is to possess the willpower to get up and do the thing, every day. Another way is to form a habit (I will explain what are habits as the article progresses) which you practice regularly to move towards your goal. I should develop a habit of writing daily. My partner can become an efficient coder by developing a habit of focusing on the quality of his code every time he codes. My friend has to create a habit of not losing patience when her child annoys her. You get my point.
But you might ask the difference between having the willpower to do these things regularly and forming a habit to practice them as a routine? Both ways need you to work.
To make this distinction clear, we will understand habits in detail.
I was one of the novice writers (I still am) until three years ago when I quit my investment banking job to experiment if I could write for a living. While I was over thinking about the integrities of my invisible writing career, I decided to travel to Chile and teach English there. People say that a new environment and immersive travel experiences provide you the right motivation to write.
Andean landscapes took my oxygen away, Chilean children stared at me when I enunciated the English name of their beloved palta, my host mother fed me pyramids of bread and cheese, and Spanish dumbfounded me. But during this chaos, I managed to write every day.
In the past three years, I have written (almost) daily, published regularly on my blog and on Medium publications, earned a living by writing for freelance clients, have published poems out of which one has been accepted in a book, have contributed to big and small websites, have send stories and articles to magazines and newspapers, and have become a top writer on Quora and a top Travel Writer on Medium.
Are you joking?
The whistles of a black kite which is hovering above me in the light blue sky are the only sounds that break my attention now and then. In front of me, a green parrot just flew by; I see more of them in the morning, when one after another they go, searching for grains and guavas and water and, maybe, more parrots. The coffee cuckoo, similar to the one that used to visit me in my previous apartment, also flew from one tree to another in the park in front of my writing studio.
I have stationed myself in one corner of this studio on a chatayi or as we say a mat nowadays, and from here I write my heart out. In this nomadic life, you can find me on and off in Bangalore, for I always come here to be with my partner, and thus I pen down many pieces from his vicinity with a temporary feeling of home.
Having spent more than four months now as a nomad, I have realized that you don’t have to own or rent an apartment to be at home. Neither are you always on the go even if you are living a nomadic life.
At the end of the day when I think about getting back home, I imagine a quiet place, where the bathroom taps do not drip and where I cannot hear the screeching tires or intruding honks, but I can only tune into the crickets singing songs to each other. Where I can lay on a bed or in a sleeping bag in a tent, preferably tucked away in the midst of trees, with a warm cup of tea and a book to read. From where I can make a phone call to my parents and family for they worry if I disappear for even a day. I imagine a home that is a window into the world, or it has a window from where I can see the world, which I like to have at a distance. And that is all.
Such are my preferences these days. I started penning down this article to tell you about how my priorities shaped up the year 2018, and so on I go.
I haven’t gone out of my friend’s home, where I sit and write here in Bangalore, for three days, apart from a small walk that I did to the grocery store because I wanted to eat something better than lifeless noodles with invisible vegetables. Ironically, today I am writing about my 100 days of nomadic life.
I thought that being nomadic means staying on the road 24×7, and maybe, you feel that way, too. I will get to that, but first, let us go back in time a little bit to understand how my digital nomad journey started.
I chose this life for I wanted to be location independent. I wanted to be able to travel whenever I yearned to see a new place or live in a jungle where I could only hear the crickets whistle and the leaves rustle instead of the incessant blasting traffic of Bangalore or any other metropolitan. But having a rented apartment was sort of becoming a hindrance to free movement and adding up costs without adding any value, apart from providing me with a quiet writing space with a balcony.
I thought that I better spend the money which I paid for the apartment where people shut doors on each other as if they were enemies on gorgeous Airbnb’s or friendly homestays or rustic hotels in the hidden corners of the world. At least I would explore, meet interesting people and have some meaningful conversations, and live life at my own pace.
So I gave up my room in the Bangalore flat and packed my bags to wander freely while working online. The whole idea was to move slowly; I have never found any joy in visiting a place for a weekend or two days and then leaving it, while I didn’t even know what lay in my backyard though I saw all the famous attractions of that destination. And while exploring the world one place at a time, I could afford the lifestyle of a digital nomad because of my writing portfolio.
But I have come to realize that not having a permanent location is not about traveling all the time. It is about moving with a choice.
This nomadic life has put up all sorts of choices in front of me and let me be honest with how I feel about them.
The prime-time news and the first page headlines of reputed national newspapers and the gossiping internet forums and the geeky silicon valley blogs have bombarded us with Elon Musk. They scrutinized the guy first for his electronic money transfer system (Paypal), then for his electric cars (Tesla), then for his rockets and space stations (SpaceX), and then for solar energy (SolarCity).
But I felt I still knew nothing about the silicon valley tycoon who manufactures rockets and cars in one of the most expensive places on earth aka Silicon Valley. So to know more about the real-life Iron Man, I read his biography – Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance.
The right learning could make you or break you — and the one who understands that stands above all.
Josh Waitzkin — a child prodigy, an international chess master, and a Tai Chi Push Hands world champion wrote a book called The Art of Learning. In this book, he penned down his inner and outer journey to success while listing the various techniques he applied to master chess and martial arts.
I picked up his book — not to learn from a chess master or a martial arts champion — but to learn from someone who has cracked the art of learning.
In the past eight years of my working life, I observed that how you do the task at hand is not the only measure of productivity and satisfaction. Your living style, priorities, patience, and certain keystone habits such as discipline, healthy social behavior, hard work decide how good you perform, how well you live your life, and how stable your relationships are.
All these things — living style, priorities, patience, discipline, hard work — could be practiced as daily habits. As Charles Duhigg said in his book The Power of Habits, “More than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits.”
Humans live by habits. Dissolving these crucial things into habits and routine — that is what we would focus on in this article to make a schedule that works for us.
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