I began this weekend by successfully figuring out how to open a bathroom door from inside without a door handle, using some ingenuity and the screws from the door handle. Nothing could stop me after that! This is the way I chose to look at my Saturday morning, as I stepped out of the bathroom … Continue reading Another way of looking at it
Human beings are creatures of inertia. We resist change, and often find it so hard to take a step in a new direction. Thanks to inertia, we all get stuck when trying to start something new. We get scared when wanting to ask an important question, to start a new activity, and sometimes even when … Continue reading Twenty seconds of insane courage
My loyal readers will have noticed my absence over the past few months. For personal reasons, I've been unable to give this blog the attention it deserves. One option would have been to continue writing simply by trying harder, putting more effort into getting words down on a page. However, my priority for this blog … Continue reading If at first you don’t succeed, take a break.
There are many ways of answering the question 'What do you do?' You can start with your job. You might then expand into your hobby, if that's something you spend a lot of time on. Oftentimes the way you spend your time is roughly divided into work, social time, home maintenance, and a leisure activity. … Continue reading The value of dabbling
Today I’d like to dive straight into a big topic: I’m not a big fan of Marie Kondo. Before you start screaming at me about joy and tidying and how the Japanese way of life is clearly superior to ours, let me explain. Much like my namesake the hamster, I am something of hoarder. I … Continue reading Why I don’t follow the KonMari method
This week I’d like to talk about a topic close to my heart, a tool that makes life easier, a way of structuring your chaos. I’d like to talk about productivity systems. It’s something that helps me keep my life organised, and something that I believe anyone could benefit from. There are many productivity systems … Continue reading Productivity systems
Every person in the world is lacking some skills. Every single one. Some people can't play the clarinet, some can't speak Japanese, others can't do a handstand. It's normal to lack some skills. For the record, I lack all three skills I just listed. You can go through life without many a skill. And quite often, … Continue reading Lifelong learning