80/20

80% stress, 20% relax

This came up in Financial Times today. We aren’t Millenials, we’re Generation Burnout. We work too hard for too little, and do ourselves a disfavor by not seeing the forest for the trees. What’s the goal, anyway?

I say, leave some of your time (and money) unallocated. I say, if the problem is that we work too hard and spread ourselves too thin, let’s stop doing that. Cut yourself some slack, and have time and resources that are unallocated. This helps you cope with stress, AND allows you to effectively deal with instantaneous things that come up. If you have free time, you don’t have to schedule every little thing to be done later, you can just do it now.

Overall, look at the 80/20 rule, it’s quite interesting.

Cadence

Word of the day: cadence

It does not quite refer to my little pony, it’s more of a corporate cultural term.

You can also say “velocity”, you can say “agility” to mean the same concept.

It’s how quickly and effectively you get stuff done. If the sprint is 2 weeks and you pack two sprint’s worth of work into one, that’s high cadence.

If you are able to bring teammembers together to solve a challenging challenge, it’s cadence.

You say, “we like the increased cadence this fiscal quarter.”

It generally refers to productivity. It is one of the highest states to aspire for.

Mistake

Commonly, a mistake is something different from the right result when the right result is expected, but I use the word differently to mean another concept.

There is this meme online:

"It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose."

If there is failure of sorts, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a mistake was made. Which brings about a different definition of what a mistake is. It’s a failure to act in the best manner. If you know there is a better action that you’re taking right now, and you watch yourself take the worse action – that looks like a mistake, to me. Mistakes include: snooze instead of get up (very hard!), not talk instead of talk to someone (very hard!), and giving in to anger or negativity (moderate).

To not make mistakes, a constant focus is desirable. But then, if you have continuous focus, I think it’s a different game for you altogether.

No Todo lists


They just get in the way. It’s nice to have them, for a few months if you are struggling to get anything done, but after that let’s just abandon them. If it takes 5 minutes to write down what to do, and 15 minutes to do it – don’t even write it down, just do it. The habit should be to do, not to manage/schedule.

20190110 Market Update


  • Trade was with China is resolving favorably, implying a short-term rally
  • The guv’t shutdown can’t last forever, and when it ends, stocks expect to rebound. Stocks may even rebound earlier.
  • Brexit is a short-term and long-term downward pressure on UK and Europe. It shouldn’t have negative long-term effect on US stocks, although short-term volatility drives the prices down.
  • Overall, I’m optimistic today that the December slump will not continue. Now is a good time to buy something.
  • Take a look at NVDA, AMZN.