Category Archives: PM

This is about Personal Management.

Personal Motivation

Let’s face it – sometimes people get in slumps. Some people slump for a lifetime and others slump every-so-often for 5 minutes or so. I don’t think I’ve been in a slump but I have been ever-so-comfortable with my life. Then again, why shouldn’t I? I like my life. I’m happy with it.

Unfortunately, for me, that tends to led me to believe that I’ve lost some motivation to do some of the things that I said I wanted to do. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m allowed to say that I’ve accomplished more than I ever imagined I would. I’ve never been a goal-oriented madman. Yes, I’ve had some aspirations but I don’t think that life is all about achieving goals. But, I do think that life is all about experiences, both good ones and bad ones with good ones outnumbering bad ones by a significant margin. The more significantly, the better with an understanding that bad experiences are necessary to underscore the importance of good experiences.

So, to kind-of get myself back on track mentally I asked myself what I could motivate me a bit to step up my enthusiasm for life and be a little less comfortable with my existence? The answer was, of course, to pursue some travel plans. That always motivates me. It always get me juiced.

Where to I wondered? Somewhere scenic was the answer. When I went to Google and searched for “world’s most scenic” I found lots of articles. One in particular, The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World 2017, caught my attention. To track the potential sites for future travels I created an aptly-named map, Bucket List, to log the sites I found inviting. My goal was to find the next 100 places I wanted to visit. I started with the above article. The first location that I found that I needed to visit can be seen in the above picture.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow

It’s my current read. What’s it about? Let me give you an example. Suppose on Monday I went to the store. On Tuesday I went to work. The next day I thought … WTF? If you think WTF is an acronym for a very popular, but a little off-color, exclamation of surprise, then you may have been thinking a little too quickly (fast). Sometimes you think so fast that you hardly think at all. If you wondered what WTF meant then you were thinking a bit slower. If you came up with more than one meaning or an alternative for WTF, like Wednesday, Thursday, Friday for example, you were thinking a bit more slowly. Kahneman spends about 400 pages talking about stuff like that. He gets me thinking very slowly. Maybe a little too slowly, but the book is worth a read if learning, as opposed to pure enjoyment, is your bag.

Books – Digital


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