I’m usually a pretty shitty sleeper. It usually takes me a couple hours to fall asleep, and then when I do fall asleep, my sleep is usually quite fragmented and then I have at least one longer period of being wide awake in the middle of the night.
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Life has become particularly stressful again. I noticed that a lot of my usual routines have started falling off (eg. meal prep, exercising, reading, regular reviews) and that I was being a lot more moody than usual.
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On the Impact of Diction

At work, we’ve been having conversations about diction and its associated impact. Most commonly, we’ve been discussing the use of the phrase “You guys” when addressing a group which contains at least one female. Some of the concerns are that the phrase may lead to feelings of exclusion or disrespect as only the male members are recognized and addressed; the female members are regarded almost as second-class citizens in this way. To respond to this problem, people have been working on diction awareness and word choice when communicating.
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There and Back Again

I’m late again on posting my weekly blog post. I’m going to have to start writing these ahead of time because Friday isn’t always the best opportunity for me to make the time to write and post this up.

This weekend, I was out of town for a wedding. It was a good change of pace from my regular every day. I got the chance to recharge a bit while catching up with some friends who I don’t see nearly as much as I would like to. Today, I’m just going to share some of my reflections coming out of this weekend.

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Write It All Down

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.

–David Allen

Today I’m going to talk about something simple that can greatly impact your work and life: writing things down. It might sound lame, but hear me out. This isn’t merely about forgetting things (although, yes, writing things down will help fix the problem of your working memory as well). This is about starting to turn off your life’s autopilot.
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Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

–Carl Jung

Eventually, I will be writing a series of blog posts on productivity. To lead into those blog posts, I thought I would give a bit of background into why I use some of the systems that I will eventually be writing about. These reasons are all rooted in the unconscious. Our brains often do things without our realizing, and I thought I would talk about some of those things here.
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Daily Reminders

Every December/January, I review what happened the previous year. This review covers learnings, events, journal entries, goal successes and failures, etc. In 2016, there were three learnings that stood out for me. I remind myself of these learnings in my morning and evening routines each day with the hope that I can be more mindful about not repeating too many mistakes from the past. I will share these three learnings here (as well as a fourth I’ve since appended onto the list).

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