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 38   6 mo  

Slow Productivity

I’ve been an opponent of the so-called productivity hustle culture for quite some time now. The workaholism topic is clearly overestimated and often considered in a wrong way. Work must be sustainable.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that working less hours will just put you behind the competition or kick out of the labor market. There shouldn’t be any fear of missing out.

On the contrary, it seems like slowing the workday down will significantly improve the overall quality of life. So will do the harmonization and finding the right balance between working hard and working smart.

It’s Time to Embrace Slow Productivity – The New Yorker

A recent research had more than 2500 participants try a four-day workweek. The data revealed that these workers felt more energized and less stressed, owing, in part, to increased amounts of time for socializing and hobbies, and more flexibility to efficiently complete household tasks.

No wonder I’m being skeptical when hearing of somebody working ten-twelve hours a day for weeks without a break. The high chances are that such kind of work is just not that demanding or meaningful.

To succeed, we need fewer things to work on.

 46   7 mo  

Productivity and self-development hustle all over Youtube

Slowly yet steadily my Youtube recommendations have got an enormous amount of youtubers “selling” productivity and self-development content. Each of them started really well and interesting, but as their audiences grew their content strategy transformed into a quite simple clickbait story.

To my opinion, it’s important to not get hooked into all of that. Here’s why.

When I’m watching one of such videos it actually does sound pretty inspiring, trustworthy and valuable. So it’s not surprising why these creators get so popular in a very short period of time. The tricky part here is that their messages are often super trivial and high-level, therefore the videos are easy and fun to watch. In the meantime, the essence of the videos is then getting compensated by neat production with clickbait headlines and thumbnails. As a result, I’m always tempted to click a link fast and feel like I’m not simply wasting my time on Youtube but rather attending a self-development session, as short and non-sense it may be.

Nevertheless, whatever the positioning, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all of such content is pointless. Some parts can actually be life-changing for lots of people. The problem with self-development-oriented stuff on the Internet is that we actually don’t have time to dig through tons of shit looking for tiny useful and valuable things. And that’s quite a bummer. It means though that a proper information diet has to be put in place in order to keep a clear state of mind and have the necessary sharpness of thinking. Otherwise, it is going to be easy to get ourselves drowning in a low-value digital noise.

My personal rule of thumb is now the following: if a content sounds clickbait-y, it’s safer to skip it. The stuff with some real value will find you anyway through personal recommendatios of people you know and whose opinion you value.

 54   7 mo  

Istanbul vibe

I loved the colours and the smell of fish and spices. I hated the traffic jams, their transportation system and crowds.

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Delicious balık ekmek can be found at Mario The Fishermen

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 84   8 mo  

Google Drive doesn’t really delete your files even after you delete them

Yesterday my dad accidentally deleted some important files from his Google Drive account, even from the bin. So we gave it try to contact the Google support to restore these files having no hope to succeed. Yet it worked, we restored them, which was really great, and he was happy about it.

Although what came to my mind is the issue of privacy. It seems we don’t really own the data once we upload it to the Google servers. So obviously you are not able to get rid of your files without leaving a trace. It means that Google or basically any 3rd party such as government officials or police can nevertheless restore and access the files you thought you had deleted as they are still stored on the Google servers.

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Some art from my recent travels

I’ve been looking through some recent photos and would like to share several weird or interesting sculptures / pieces of art from Helsinki and Tallinn.

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Some unnamed (?) sculpture in The Rotermann Quarter – Tallinn, Estonia (Google Maps)

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Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia (Google Maps)

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Some unnamed (?) sculpture near Musiikkitalo – Helsinki, Finland (Google Maps)

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Tanner’s Gate (Väinö Tanner Memorial) – Helsinki, Finland (Google Maps)

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HAM Helsinki Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland (Google Maps)

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Sibelius Monument – Helsinki, Finland (Google Maps). Yes, the quality here sucks because this is a screenshot from a video.

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SteamPunk – Tallinn, Estonia (Google Maps). Yes, the quality here sucks because this is a screenshot from a video.
 97   8 mo  

Empathy

I got an interesting idea during one of the conversations the other day.

Some people might be empathic, to a larger degree, due to the mental health issues of their parents.

In particular, based on this hypothesis, if parents are unstable in or uncertain about the way they express their emotions or attitude regarding the world surrounding them, then their children are struggling to foresee how their own actions would be judged. Even the smallest misbehavior might be punished hard today, while tomorrow the very same action might be, on the contrary, highly encouraged, following the current mood of an uncertain parent. So, children are often confused and, hence, are forced to adapt to that kind of a situation by putting extra effort to identify current mood of their educators to simply not get in trouble again. This, in turn, get them really trained in being empathic to every person they interact with.

 49   9 mo  

Youtube has become ubiquitous

I’ve just come to realization that my shift to consuming less social media content has been relatively easy mostly because I replaced it with the Youtube feed. I’ve been discarding this thought for quite some time, and now I just have to admit it. Youtube is becoming a new addiction.

Whenever I feel bored, lonely or need something to watch while eating, Youtube is the place to go to. And it’s been there for such a long time that these days I open it simply by default not only when I have nothing to do but also when my mind is seeking some place to hide and procrastinate. Basically it’s functioning the same way as Instagram or Facebook bulding a solid foundation for my impusive and uncontrolled consumption of content.

Having a Youtube Premium subscription doesn’t help here at all. It’s clearing out the way toward watching videos without any interruptions and keeps me in a comfortable ecosystem with Youtube Music.

Can Youtube be as harmful as traditional social media then? Seems like it can.

 76   9 mo  

Dopamine

I got several interesting – yet, perhaps, somewhat trivial – insights after reading Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke.

  • Experiencing pain is necessary to live sustainably. Facing difficulties is paramount to finding a balance between pleasure and pain, which, in turn, allows to feel pleasure in its full capacity.
  • Hedonistic behavior, avoiding pain and constant craving to receiving pleasure will eventually put you in a position when, quite ironically, nothing will be bringning pleasure anymore.
  • Theoretically, it is possible that practicing full honesty would stimulate the part of brain responsible for decision-making, emotional regulation, planning of future and other vital processes.

Basically, my idea to sticking to some rules is aimed at stopping myself from impulsive generation of dopamine. Avoiding difficulties and hiding from pain has nothing to do with fighting the cause of the negative feelings.

 60   10 mo  
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