Karl Ranna

Thoughts about the distributed future, philosophy and life

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The blank mind

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Some days the mind blanks out. Nothing comes out even though we tried very hard. It’s OK – that happens to everyone. It makes us appreciate the days where we produce results even more.

Dealing with pain

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You can deal with a tense muscle right now if you make adjustments to course correct. For example, you could alleviate the problem by taking a break or massaging it. Or you can push through the day and deal with even greater tension tomorrow. You can repeat the cycle until it will become a real pain.

The same applies to psychological tension and pain.

The weird world

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There are so many of us out there – each one of us have our dreams and desires. Somehow, society makes us want things and experiences we ultimately don’t want.

We struggle so hard to get there. Over time (if we’re lucky) we learn that it doesn’t make us fulfilled. It’s not enough for someone to tell you that you don’t want these things because we have to experience them firsthand. I’m still learning it.

Our internet

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It’s interesting to watch how our internet is different everywhere we go. It’s using the same technology, but it’s not the same – people use different applications in various geographic locations in the world.

It’s good that we have variety – it generates competition which ultimately makes the product better.

The rush

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Some days we’re in a rush. We deprioritize some things. However, most of the time we still make it a priority to brush our teeth because it’s a habit that is deeply engraved into us – it’s part of who we are.

The goal is to get our positive habits to the point of being part of who we are and floss out the bad ones.

The 8-hour workday

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The 8-hour workday. It’s practical, but it’s not productive. Unfortunately, it’s the standard way of thinking in our society. We try to squeeze out productivity from knowledge workers by putting them in a box for 8 hours and demanding productivity. It’s not optimal.

Most people are just sitting there for the last 2 hours, drained from their mental energy. The alternative is to split up the day into multiple chunks of work with rest and other activities in between.

Busy work

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It looks important but doesn’t achieve much. It checks the checkbox to get us paid but leaves some of us wondering if we could have done more.

It keeps us occupied and distracted from the real work. It doesn’t move the needle. It is encouraged by open office environments.

The alternative to busy work is distraction free focus sessions. You decide.

An apple a day

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We all have had a good habit that we stopped doing. Sort of like an apple a day. Easy to do, easy not to do. Nevertheless, we stopped doing that.

It’s not easy to see how it affects our lives because the effects are subtle. It takes time to notice them. It’s even harder to admit that we have been wrong to ourselves. However, letting go of our ego and getting back on the wagon is one of the best things we could do.

Pointless decisions

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Decisions that don’t matter. It is essential to make those fast because then you won’t waste your mental capacity and can instead focus on difficult choices that deserve your time and attention.

Making most decisions fast is the perfect way to save time and energy – our precious limited resource. What colour should it come in? I don’t care – pick one at random or delegate the decision making.

State of flow

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When you’re in a state of flow, you enjoy the process so much. You cannot stop. You want it to last forever. You want to repeat the process.

What causes “the flow”? How can we figure out how to get into the flow more often? More importantly, how can we enable others around us to experience it?