ERE Adventuring

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NuncFluens
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Cool, thanks for the update. Your mentioning GTD has me thinking that I should give it another spin. It was a revelation when I first read it, but I'd be hard pressed to summarize the system today. I guess I just applied a whole lot of it and stopped thinking about it as part of GTD, but a reread is definitely in order anyway.

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ah, gtd... gtd is a whole “philosophy” of work. the basic notion, borrowed from eastern ideas via martial arts, is that one’s head must be “empty” when performing an action—forget everything else except what you’re doing. thus in counterbalance it creates a personal bureaucracy to store and process everything else that is not the action that is in process. he calls it the “trusted system”.

like all bureaucracies, it tends toward maximization, so when it’s good it’s very good, but it can get quite overwhelming with noise over signal. when you hold trivial things right next to crucial ones, the trivial tends to overwhelm. of course, it’s best that the trivial stuff is outside your head anyway, instead of interrupting you when you’re doing something, so maybe it’s the monkey mind and not gtd that is to blame for it.

i am perhaps confusing gtd with omnifocus which are not the same. omnifocus is a software that was originally invented (i think) to handle gtd. merlin mann (of that “priorities!” article) i think is/was involved with that company from the start. (mann’s blog used to be called “43 folders” after the number of basic folders required to set up gtd).

omnifocus can handle the functions of gtd of course, but it has evolved beyond it. for one thing, gtd was paper-based and required large filing cabinets, whereas omnifocus is a software/cloud based solution, and thus more flexible in how it can sort and display your information.

one of these sorters, which is not original gtd stuff, is the “forecast perspective” which shows you what is coming up the pipeline. but it’s not a calendar proper, because the calendar in gtd is “sacrosanct” (if it’s in the calendar you can’t avoid it.) forecast shows you your calendars and then the tasks you have scheduled for that day. so, you can execute, reschedule, delete, etc. (like bujo) outside of your calendar commitments.

the gtd part i like there is that it lets you connect actions to big projects, and viceversa, i.e, to break down complex processes into actionable items. gtd goes into great depth about what it considers an “action” which is more or less atomic and must be concrete and executable and moves the larger project forward. a project is a coordinated group or sequence of actions—eg learn about some material, go buy it,clean workspace, work with said material, clean workspace, are 5 separate actions that would constitute a project. in my research into bujo i’ve seen complex things listed as “tasks,” which is less granular/less friendly to “chunking.”

the other thing i love about gtd is that the action lists are by contexts, so i know what i need to do when i change location or modality. e.g., i used to always leave my supermarket list at home, hahahahahaaa. now this is basically impossible. and if i went right now to my other house, i’d know right away what i need to do there (big advantage of cloud is i don’t need to grab a folder from my desk to take with me). and because actions are listed by context (as the example project above hints at, learning and buying and working with the material happen in different contexts) i can move projects forward when i’m in different contexts (instead of “oh no, i went to the store and forgot this material for my project!”)

it does take some work to learn and a lot more work to master gtd though, and it’s definitely not without its perils: it can swamp you with too much information. but over the years i have come to find it useful and a great way to avoid “forgetting” things i don’t want to or can’t do right now. it also removes “i worry that i’ll forget this,” which is huge.

the thing about the bullet journal is that it helped me with the “forecast perspective” in omnifocus, which is the daily bujo-style front-end to a gtd back-end. so it’s a nice synthesis in the software for me. bujo provides the conceptual framework for managing the forecast.

one alternative for you, closer to the bullet journal, might be leo babauta’s “zen to done” (ztd) method in which he attempts to simplify gtd. i think it might be more readily compatible with bullet journal because he deals in one list per day as well, rather than “43 folders plus a an interminable filing cabinet plus a current past and finished project library, plus a weekly review plus the 50,000 ft perspective plus a very large paper shredder” :lol:

see: https://zenhabits.net/zen-to-done-ztd-t ... ty-system/

eta: i use evernote for my “paperless” filing cabinet.

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Alphaville wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:06 am
... The basic notion, borrowed from eastern ideas via martial arts, is that one’s head must be “empty” when performing an action—forget everything else except what you’re doing. thus in counterbalance it creates a personal bureaucracy to store and process everything else that is not the action that is in process. he calls it the “trusted system”.
This was the selling point for me. I really had problems with remembering to do stuff. Although I do find vanilla GTD very excessive. I just re-read a 15 minute summary and noticed that I took most of what worked for me and cut it down to the minimum. The context and project stuff is implicit in my main checkboxes for the day, with the actionable items put as sub-items. The BuJo already includes a someday-list too, so most of this stuff is already (still?) in my system.

The review gave me a few ideas for improvement though, like extra pages/envelopes for next week/next month, which I plan to wrap into a calendar-substitute of sorts. I should also restart and improve my weekly review process, as the mid-term planning took a backseat to the daily to-dos over time :/

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great! 🍻

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The Basement:
After dumping the obvious trash, we've now moved on to sorting through all the boxes and bags in the basement. The living room floor looks like a battlefield right now, with everything strewn about. But we have hopes of getting it tidied up by tonight.

I've also noticed that I started a lot of hobbies throughout the years. And although most of them (art, equipment-heavy strength training, skateboarding) still seem like fun, I just don't have the capacity to do them anymore. I'm especially sad to put my DIY guitar effects building on hold, as I've come up with a few unique pedals. Maybe there's potential for a side-gig in the future, but for now it's on hold.

On the bright side, I've put up a few items for sale on ebay, so maybe I'll be making some money. I even found another item that quadrupled in price since I bought it, which of course means it will be a pain to sell now :/

Fitness:
My strength training routine is really picking up. During my last session I made the mistake of accidentally checking the work chatroom on my laptop which I use for music during training. As it turns out, applying software fixes inbetween sets extends the rest periods so much that I can keep going much longer. So this was a blessing in disguise, as I managed to almost double my (still puny) training volume without any ill effects.

It does leave me much sorer on the days after, though, so I've finally decided to step away from mandatory daily step goals. Instead I'll focus on 2 strength training session and 2 long walks per week. The first walk was only 9km, but I definitely still felt the soreness from 2 days before. I hope to counteract this with eating a bit more (i.e. not skipping meals anymore). Right now it's exhausting but sustainable.

Life:
Our ISP messed up once and apologized by giving us this coupon which entitles us to spend a free night in a partner-hotel of our choosing. Since it expires at the end of the year, we decided to take a short trip in 2 weeks. Or so we thought. Turns out the hotel of our choosing doesn't do single night stays anymore because of *handwave* Corona :( We've requested that it be extended until next year, but if they don't comply we'll be left with a hotel-coupon we can't realistically use.

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The Basement
Our living room is livable again, yey! A lot of stuff was trashed and the rest has been sorted into drawers and boxes. I'm not sure how big of a dent we actually made, but it feels like progress at least. We're also thinking of getting rid of this huge shelf that we brought home once. It looks super cool, but is just not very practical. With that thing gone we could install a writing table instead, which is especially good since my fiance's corporation decided to switch to periodic home office indefinitely.

I also managed to sell my first item on the local equivalent of craigslist. I made back a whopping 54% of what I paid initially, but at least it was quick and only mildly stressful.

Fitness
I managed to increase my workout volume significantly again last monday. That left me with a painful soreness and achy knees (nothing serious) though, so I'll have to scale back a bit. Because of this my thursday session consisted only of mobility, foam rolling and warmup sets. This helped with the lingering soreness and didn't do any further damage. Next up is my saturday hiking session, which should be ~12km this time. As I had to skip my mid-week hiking session due to suboptimal knees this will be my only hike this week.

I also noticed how I was considerably hungrier than the week before, which is probably linked to my increased need for recovery. Considering how little actual energy I burned during my 1h workout it's a small wonder that I didn't gain any weight this week. Still, I don't think I want to eat even more to aid recovery, as I just lost a bunch of weight and would like to keep it off. With the (pre-)christmas season looming I'm already quite afraid of gaining in all the wrong places :(

Going forward I'd like to try an 4-day schedule, where I hike, rest, train, rest, and then repeat. It's a bit unusual to deviate from a weekly schedule, but I've had a lot of success with every-second-day training schedules in the past, so I think I can pull it off. One big factor I need to keep in mind is that I can't be too sore to hike after training, so I'll just have to "punch the clock" and not obsess over increases in volume for now. The other thing is that hiking is more important than strength training to me, so I might have to dial down the occassional workout after a strenuous hike.

Work
We've had our big meeting on monday, where we talked about the reorientation towards partner projects for technology transfer. I really hoped to get an idea of what the strategic vision would be, but it seems like we're just re-branding and keep on doing what we always did. The focus will be on building our capactity to do more of the same projects we already did. So it's more of a scale-out rather than a reorientation, which has me a bit down at the moment.

Apart from that work sucked hard, as we had a few big problems with our current project. In the end it turned out that the project partner reconfigured our test-servers without telling us. Since communication with the project partner was decidedly sub-par, we spent 4 person days searching for a problem that we didn't even cause. After things were set right, I noticed how my mood instantly increased, which was a wake up call as to how work stress influences me even if I don't consciously assign much energy to it :/

As part of our re-branding, I'm also supposed to get certified in our key technology as soon as possible. Which means I'll have to go through the arduous process of getting the payment department to first approve my request, and then pay it on time. On the bright side, training for the certification will let me block off huge blocks of time for self-directed study. So for the next few weeks half of my work week will basically consist of reading moderately interesting literature on computer science while scaling back my day-to-day responsibilities considerably :)

Other
We've decided to get another cat, as the remaining one seems really needy. The animal shelter informed us that we can't have a single kitten, though, as according to them the cat we already have is too old. So we might get an older cat or two kittens now. We'll go there today and see what happens.

The fiance's nephew will also be visiting over the weekend, which has me stressed a little bit. I'm really more of a loner, so I'm not sure I'll partake in all the activities that need to be done to keep a 17 year old interested. He'll be brought to us by his mother (fiance's sister), who will start at my fiance's corporation next month. So they will be having a dinner out to which I'm also invited. I'm skeptical though, as I know from experience that their work will be a major conversation topic (careerists!). So overall, the stressful work week will be followed up by a stressful weekend, I fear.

Edit: Ah, and the hotel coupon company got back to us, too. They've found it in their hearts to extend the coupon for another year for a small fee (7€). I think we should definitely extend the coupon so we can use it all (hopefully?), but I also feel taken advantage of somehow. We'll probably go for it anyway, though, if just to get rid of the need to make a decision. If I can get the peace of mind for the unbeatable price of just 2 kebabs (that's an SI-unit, look it up) it's probably worth it.

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hahaha well don’t write off the 17yo as a provider of lols amidst careerist conversations. there’s always hope in the not-yet totally corrupted by life. maybe.

i’m going to start measuring everything in kebabs, or (american units) cheeseburgers.

but no seriously have you heard of the big mac index? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Mac_Index

btw re: fitness, my kindle app took me to some “book” (a marketing pamphlet really, why should i pay for marketing materials?i just read the free chapter 1 sample) about how weight lifting is a waste of time ha ha ha. what? hmmm... 🤔

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Alphaville wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:24 am
i’m going to start measuring everything in kebabs, or (american units) cheeseburgers.

but no seriously have you heard of the big mac index? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Mac_Index
I did not, but that makes sense. We have a shopping cart of reference goods as a similar metric in germany and apparently it's a thing all over the world (market basket?). But a Big Mac/Kebab is just that much more tangible, as I routinely make the decision to (not) buy a kebab so it just feels more natural.
Alphaville wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:24 am
btw re: fitness, my kindle app took me to some “book” (a marketing pamphlet really, why should i pay for marketing materials?i just read the free chapter 1 sample) about how weight lifting is a waste of time ha ha ha. what? hmmm... 🤔
I myself do not use strength training for weight loss, as I'll just eat the calories back (and more). Ray Cronise, the guy that got Penn Gilette slim, even says to not strength train while losing weight because of the increased appetite. That only holds for untrained individuals though, as muscle loss would be a problem with trained people. So I definitely do train during a diet, although for different reasons.

Depending on the target population, though, building muscle be actually be a downside. I've definitely gotten to a point that other women would call "too much", so maybe the book had women in mind when making that statement?

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it’s written by some dude worried about his looks, the book seems to be about some variable resistance training thing and fighting osteoporosis and gymnasts and huh? i just thought i’d throw in the idea to see if something pops, like popcorn, because i like his premise of “i have no time for cardio”.

as to what muscle is too much muscle, that is up to you, no? here i read some article about how muscle was a marker of social class, with the upper classes prefering the “lean look” of endurance training and the workers (cops, firefighters) cultivating mass+strength.

me as an outsider i prefer some mass no doubt against accidents, but my focus is more functional fitness these days rather than “looks” or competitions. i just need to operate without decomposing :lol:



eta: yup i did more research and it was a marketing pamphlet for some pricey exercise equipment hahaha. presumably about “more efficiency”. :roll:

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ah! i found the article re: muscles.

it’s for/about men though, but i found it interesting that it was really about sociology:
https://psmag.com/social-justice/half-l ... lass-85221

(me, like the writer, i just wanna prevent sarcopenia)

anyway while not exactly the same as your experience i thought it might have some parallels re: “too much muscle.”

(the marketing person with the book i mentioned earlier wants to sell muscle—but with their own product instead of weights)

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That was a great read, Thank you. It also reminded me of the time when I was reading the very brainy Slate Star Codex blog regularly. Every so often a question about strength training would pop up in the open thread and it just felt so out of place in a community of academic high-achievers that I had my fingers crossed that it wouldn't devolve into a liberal vs. conservative or intellectual vs. physical discussion. It seems a lot of things about status, politics and intellectual capacity are just assumed once you look like you lift.

I can't deny that strength training cultivates a lot of conservative values (willingness to work hard physically, self-sufficiency, responsibility) though. The strength training community really was a breath of fresh air in that regard for me, as I was coming from a very lefty liberal background and found those qualities sorely lacking. I might even go as far and say that I have become more conservative in my personal values since I started strength training.

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@NuncFluens: A lot of things happening for you! I hope the coupon works out (I actually had a budget spreadsheet once that measured everything in drinks but now mentally switched to eating out or days cooking at home). I hope you find some nice kittens a home. I sometimes have similar feelings towards younger relatives and when they stayed with me but nowadays I try to see it as an opportunity to fend of the grumpy-old-man-process and diversify my point of view :D. Also I am always soo happy afterwards that I am older now! I'm not sure a 17 year old really needs that much attention, can't they take care of themselves? I wouldn't feel bad about leaving him to his own devices for awhile. At least those are my 2 cents. I obviously know neither you nor this person at all. Just speaking generally.

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The 17 yeard old is fine. He was super introverted when he visited before, but it seems he has left his shell a bit. The dinner fell through, so we spent the evening watching action movies which was nice. I think this will turn out alright.

We also actually did get a 4 year old cat yesterday. We had our eyes set on two kittens before, but the one we took in the end just came up to me and we immediately bonded. I coulnd't leave without her after that :)

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dammit, i miss having a cat. my current place however is too small for that.

i think all training breeds individual grit, whether strength or endurance. but if it’s true that one type leans that way and the other the other way politically, then maybe i’m a centrist— i want strength *and* endurance. :P

glad to know it worked out with the visitors for you. btw i have “predator” (turns out i have never seen it, not complete anyway) on the video queue for octarnold/schwarzentober... :lol:

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Ah, Predator... We planned to watch the 2nd part yesterday and realized 15 minutes into the movie that Arnold wasn't even in there :/
Killing Gunther was awesome btw so thanks for the tip. It was a 9/10 movie all along but when Arnold finally made an appearance it went straight to 11. Definitely worth the wait :D

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