Imagine the Ideal

KonMari Method is a decluttering and organizing method, introduced in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, written by Marie Kondo. There was even a TV series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, about this tidying method on Netflix. What KonMari Method interested me, is not the main course (the tidying process), but the appetizer (how the tidying begins). The method starts by imagining the ideal lifestyle and it’s details. Once intimately familiar with the ideal life, then one can start tidying up and moving closer to the ideal life....

May 17, 2020

From Hugo to WordPress

(Update 2020-10: I am going back to Hugo and writing blog post with Emacs/easy-hugo.) I have been blogging with Hugo, a static site generator, for 5 months. Recently, I decided to ditch it and migrate to WordPress.Org for a more writer-friendly workflow. I want to spend more time and efforts on writing instead of coding. The Developer-Writer Dilemma Hugo is developer-friendly. It allows me to customize my site, in terms of the theme, layout, the content structure and also the Hugo Shortcodes very easily....

April 26, 2020

Building Habits

The recent shelter-in-place / stay-at-home order has dramatically changed our routines. I don’t need to commute to office so I do not listen to podcasts. I don’t have morning coffee since I have no access to the mirco-kitchen in the office. I walk less as I stay at home all day. I started doing daily push up because it is less awkward to do at home, compared to the office. I spend more time with Casper because he is just nearby....

April 5, 2020

Daily Journal

In the previous post 2019 Year-End Reflection, I wrote: I kept a daily journal. When people ask me why keeping a journal, my 2019 answer was to track TODO and activity log, then review at the end of the day. My 2020 answer is to make every day meaningful and counted. I will share the nuances in another post later. In this post, I will share how I got started and the 3 components of my daily journal....

March 15, 2020

Effective Reading

It is probably easier to explain what ineffective reading is first. If you are “seeing” the words without processing, no matter how many words you “see” per minute, it is ineffective. If you cannot recall or refer to the key concepts of an inspiring book you have read in the past, no matter how many books you have read, it is ineffective. If you cannot implement what you read and make some differences in real life, no matter how many books you are aiming to read in a year, it is ineffective....

February 2, 2020