Future Nomads, and Outsourcing

  1. The perfect job done well
    1. Work you like, people you like, anytime, anywhere = entrepreneur, nomad, or happy employee? Why choose?
  2. There is a crisis, and some things will change
    1. What will disappear: 
      1. traditional offices
      2. Traditional work schedules
      3. Pay for location and cost of living
    2. What will start:
      1. Cultural attachment that forms a company and make sit hold together
      2. Move towards remote working and cross-state commutes
      3. Market pressures for agility will 
    3. Pain-points
      1. Current employees will need to go with the blow – adapt or die
      2. Companies have to learn how to breathe nitrogen to survive
      3. New opportunities will show up in the market – who will be there to catch them
  3. Strengthening of fringe trends
    1. 2000 saw the normalization of outsourcing during recovery from the burst
    2. Outsourcing has always suffered from the cultural gap
  4. The coming opportunity
    1. Unique gap by standing on both sides of the fence
    2. Outsourcing done better as remote working

Offloading the Subconscious

Reading about a major part of the brain being sub-conscious
Unfinished business in constantly working the brain
Develop mind like water
Single trusted system with regular checkpoints
My secret: I do not know how many balls I juggle, and it does not matter
Making it look easy
The basics

Stress reduction while achieving high productivity

Single-system:

  1. Life’s multiple domains that each have priorities
    • Work/home/hobby
    • What is the desired level of system compartmentalization (security, workflow, shared)
  2. Using multiple systems feels like two lives
    • Layered calendars facilitate a unified view
    • Two task-lists and deliverables present daily friction 
  3. Double-listing of tasks at weekly review (extra work vs friction)

Practical system:

  • Weekly planning, and daily stock-taking
  • Weekly calendar planning and clean borders
  • Collaborating with others
    • Set clear rules and stick to them to provide a reliable and trusted structure
    • Take care of the basic role to qualify to say “no”
    • Make exceptions only after making it clear how it is disrupting the system

Intended Results:

  • Mind like water  status of just in time action
  • Stress reduction while achieving high productivity
  • Live in the “important + non-urgent” quadrant
  • Exercise assertiveness and get rid of the self-expending and compromised helpful nice-guy syndrome
  • Be intentional about new projects and how they fit in the grand plan

An algorithm for happiness

  • Life is a mix of successes and problems – hopefully linked
  • Happiness with no root is delirium and has no purpose
  • Windfall money that is not worked for is not as sweet as that which comes from toil
  • Happiness is not a result, but a journey and the linking of the two can define mundane or otherwise (objectively/conventionally unhappy) situations as happy (example: enjoying and old car)
  • Contentment is a starting point pr a state of being that can be context or precede the more ephemeral result of happiness (causal)

What Next?

  • Document and triage my problems so that I can isolate and live with context (things I cannot change)
  • Create a clear path from what is (problems) and the desired (solutions) so that there is constant movement from problems I can solve, so linked solutions
  • Internal feeling of “can do”, – let us examine how that can breed contentment and inner peace

Curiosity: The human motivator

In this review of Curiosity, I touch on how it is necessary for one to achieve focus. When paired with mastery, one achieves flow and an intrinsic motivation to keep working at something beyond the need to do so for survival. I make mention of theories by others about maximum necessary income, retirement, the need to work, and many other perspectives from others have examined this concept.

I am holding my breathe for results…

The double meaning is intentional.
In this post, I reflect on brown fat, the Wim Hof method, cold showers, and physical and psychological resiliency. I am making an effort to organize my thoughts (without introducing the chore and rigidity of choreographed preparation):

  • Brown fat
  • Cold Showers
  • Wim Hof breathing (or holding breathe)
  • Topics of future interest
La Poza de Las Mujeres – Manatí, Puerto Rico, 2019

2020, oh boy! The Silver-lining

Every cloud has a silver lining… or so they say!
In many places, at least the places where I have lived and grown, there is excitement at the end of the year, and the beginning of another. Often, well wishers tell each other that they hope that the coming year will not be like the past one and will bring prosperity and better times. I also recall some comments at the beginning of 2020 and how it was here and real and very much unlike the science fiction dreams of flying cars and intergalactic travel. To these, my standard response is that we already have all those things, only that humans are not ready to use their personal robots – we are sophisticated primates anyway!

Upgrades are now mandatory

In the world of computers, things are often optional while they are in early stages, but it gets to a point where being on the old system has so many inefficiencies and bugs (inherent errors) that an upgrade becomes mandatory. This is where we may have gotten as a society. I will steer clear of the human toll that the current COVID-19 crisis is having on us and only focus on the silver-lining. I will also create a base for future hindsight that could see this apocalyptic experience differently.

We are all stuck at home, and the physical world as we have thus far known it has changed; and I contend that it is not going back to what it was a mere 2 months ago. Those who are waiting for business as usual will be surprised and left behind when new shoots sprout from the stump of that old tree. Those new shoots will bring new and more interesting things to life. One day (I hope and pray), we will look back to this fondly: as the moment when humanity brought its best game to the table. My perspective is that this is the great disruption that will mark our civilization and catapult us into a different kind of civilization. Like any crisis, it will clean out inefficiencies and make-normal some bleeding edge and fringe experiences (think of online anything, and virtual things).
I will briefly touch on some examples to illustrate this; with the plan to do a deeper dive on each in a dedicated article. Doctors and physical therapists are now seeing patients virtually. School-teachers are now instructing parents and students on how to learn and then monitoring them self-teach. If anyone had tried to make these changes to our civilization under different circumstances, it would have required several generations for minds and laws to change. But in 60 days, the insurance companies have allowed telemedicine, schools are online, and not to forget… all virtualizable jobs have continued to exist with little disruption.