Monthly Archives: February 2020

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A Sense of Accomplishment

Am I the only one that gets a sense of accomplishment out of using up household items like a bar of soap or a bag of coffee? 

Why do I do that? Am I weird? (Rhetorical question – don’t answer that)

I think some of that ties back to work not providing much of a sense of completion on a daily basis. That’s the downside of knowledge work. I think one of the differences between working in iIndustry” versus working in consulting or banking is there is no finish line with the former.  With Banking and Consulting every project is a finish line.

The time scale in “industry” is much longer. You can look back and see “years” of accomplishment. Transitions and shifts in the business that took a relatively long time to manifest themselves.

Further reading: Shop Class as Soul Craft

Influential Reads – January 2020

Books!  I read books.  Mostly fiction, but hey, that counts too.

Updated stats through January:

ArticlesBooks
January794
February781
March962
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Total2537

Here are my most influential reads – in no particular order:

  1. As Stephen Colbert opens up about his anxiety, panic attack sufferers tell us how they cope at work – “‘You’re looking at it.’ Just tight circles around the couch.”
  2. It’s Time to Take Another Look at Energy Stocks, a Top Advisor Says – “One thing that’s not going away is the demand for energy, whether it’s drawn from the ground, the sun, or the wind, she says.”
  3. Why You Should Hire an Executive Coach (and What to Look For) – “Behind every great athlete there is an even greater coach.”
  4. To Fight Climate Change, One City May Ban Heating Homes With Natural Gas – “Last year, Berkeley, Calif., became the first city in the country to ban natural gas in newly constructed low-rise residential buildings.”
  5. Why the most important hedge is against unexpected inflation – “But the reasons for quiescent inflation in the face of low unemployment and the secular decline in interest rates are not fully understood.”
  6. Discipline is Hard – “Since the bottom of the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis, anything an investor did to diversify risk away from S&P 500 Index detracted from performance.”
  7. The Most Disruptive Trend of the Decade – “The US consumer, having had more disposable income, has been freed up to spend more on data services, wifi, smartphones, vacationing, second homes, luxury pickups and SUVs, upscale fast food, yoga clothes, video games, celebrity cosmetics and $500 pairs of Yeezy’s and limited edition Air Jordans.”
  8. How to Stop Thinking About Work at 3am – “Instead of looking at this as a learning experience, albeit a painful one, for future board meetings, she played it back in her mind over and over again, beating herself up, and lost sleep over it for weeks.” Stephen here – only weeks, you went easy on yourself!
  9. On Monks and Email – “Except unlike our deep working medieval forebears, the modern knowledge work organization seems to care little about cultivating and supporting this fundamental activity.”
  10. Double Loop Learning: Download New Skills and Information into Your Brain – “Meaningful learning doesn’t happen without focused effort.”

Note: This is based on when I read the article, not necessarily when it was first published.  Unfortunately, my backlog of things I would like to read always seems to dwarf the amount of time I can devote to reading.