How to handle notes?

I jot things down a lot. I tend to write lots of notes.

Some insights from this?

  • You’ll likely forget 60-80% of the things you don’t jot down. Some people claim they don’t have creativity. I think, more likely, they don’t have a good notes system.
  • Let’s say you write on the phone. It’s best that at the end of the day you revisit your notes, and write them again. You’ll note better this time, not in a hurry.
  • Let’s say you go to a meeting, you take some notes. It’s best to rewrite them at the end of the meeting.
  • Create rituals and keep them. happy You’ll get better with those rituals.
  • Depending on the time after witch you re-read your notes, you should write quite a few details initially. Give more details than necessary, it’s the better option.
Paul Watson  - Do note, conclusion,

Paul Watson
- Do note, conclusion,

How to “get” the drive and energy to work? How to make yourself love work?

There are two basic solutions:

  • Enjoy the process more than you love the outcome. Some call this “passion” (see the talk at the end of the blog post for details on the word “passion”). So, you should love the work, even if others would find it hard/difficult. Like I love the Internet. Like I love to write. Like I love to talk with others. I would do these even if I would lose on other fronts. I could take a training which would require lots of efforts. I could browse the Internet hours and days. I could write a lot. I am enjoying the process a lot. For this, even if you don’t get instant feed-back on your work, you should still be able to do a good job.
  • Enjoy the outcome more than you enjoy the process. Find a meaning. It’s best to find an inner meaning, a greater goal (do good in the world, get to heavens, leave your mark, be the someone you always wanted to be). If not, find external meaning. Help others. Educate. Be part of something. Be accountable. Take responsibility. Have a family. Join a volunteering association. Mentor someone. The motivation (internal or external) can beat the forces trying to stop you. For this, find something which gives you some feed-back.

So, if you feel low, you don’t feel like working, find either something you love doing or work on your motivation.

Daryl Furuyama - motivation-001,

Daryl Furuyama – motivation-001,

About the word “passion”

The word “passion” comes from:

1125–75; Middle English  (< Old French ) <
Medieval Latin passiōn-  (stem of passiō ) Christ’s sufferings onthe cross,
any of the Biblical accounts of these (> late Old English passiōn ),
special use of Late Latin passiō suffering, submission,
derivative of Latin passus,  past participle of patī  to suffer, submit;
see -ion (source)

“Passion” can be, thus, interpreted less as:

  • Ah, look at my energy, I am so energetic, let’s put energy.

And more as:

  • I will suffer for this.

How does one suffer, in business environments? Most likely – through work. So, “passion” is more about “work” than it is about a special emotion. happy

Note: the current definition contradicts me, but the name origin doesn’t.

How much is too much when steeping tea for health benefits?

“Steeping your tea allows you to impart the nutrients found in the tea leaves to the water or liquid you are steeping the leaves in; however, over-steeping imparts more nutrients and flavors from the tea leaves, according to a study published in a 2007 issue of the “Journal of Chromatography.” Over-steeping your tea may result in bitter tea, but this can be avoided by utilizing a proper temperature to brew the tea. This means 106 degrees Fahrenheit for green tea and 200 degrees Fahrenheit for black tea, according to Planet Tea.

Over-steeping imparts more of the antioxidant properties of the tea into the liquid you consume. These antioxidants, such as ECGC, have been researched in regards to cancer prevention. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that this research has shown that green tea drinkers have decreased risk of cancers such as breast, stomach and skin.”

(Health Benefits of Over-Steeping Tea | LIVESTRONG.COM)



175°F = 79.4°C
195°F = 90.6°C
205°F = 96.1°C
208°F = 97.8°C

きうこ - maple tea,

きうこ – maple tea,

Postponing the buying decisions for technology items

Let’s say you want to buy a monitor. If you have any option of buying that item later, postpone the decision. For example, if you know you will use the monitor only rarely, and you don’t need too perfect graphics, you could buy a second-hand big monitor. In one or two years, you could sell that monitor, and get some of your money back, and within those years, some new technologies will likely appear.

Or, let’s say you only bought Microsoft keyboards, and you had only problems with them, and you want to try some new stuff. It’s better to buy a second hand Logitech keyboard, see how it goes, and, when you’re happy with the decision, you’ll take a much more informed decision.

Or, let’s say you have the option of buying a cheaper smartphone. You should jump to the occasion of testing the water, buy that smartphone and see how it fits your needs.

Of course, there are counter-arguments. All the examples above are of poorer quality and some of them might break more easily, leaving you without the warranty.

Buying second-hand implies some risks.

Yes, you will get a better monitor and smartphone two years from now, but what will you do during those years? Will you be as happy with the second-hand item as you would have been with the new item?

Anyhow, if you can postpone a technology item for some years, it’s likely you’ll be able to get a better deal in future years.

It’s just that the wait is not so pleasant. happy

Symo0 - Technology,

Symo0 – Technology,

The most powerful self-assertion to tell yourself whenever you want to break a habit (to give up a bad addiction)

Sometimes, I want to break a bad habit. So, there’s some “poem” that goes inside my head, there’s a “story” I like to tell myself.

I heard a lot of times that assertions like these work very well to break a bad habit:

  • “I’m better than this. I can overcome this. I have the power in me. I am the master of my behavior.”
  • “Think of the future! The advantages of giving up this habit are so big! Look at me, two months from now, one year from now, five years from now. I’ll be [habit ABC]-free!”
  • “What would the future me say of my bad habit of today?”
  • “When I was little, did I imagine myself doing this?”
  • “What stops me from achieving my goal, of being [habit ABC]-free?”
  • “habit ABC is evil”.
  • “Don’t postpone giving up the habit! Give up [habit ABC] now!”
  • “What would others say of my habit?”

For my experience, I found a much more powerful assertion. A single one, simple & easy:

  • “I don’t even enjoy this!”

It’s very negative, and it manages to cut any enthusiasm I have in having a bad habit. For example, eating some tasty junk food. If I say to myself “I don’t even like this cookie”, I come to realize that, actually, I don’t even like it. Just by using the assertion forces me to come up with some additional questions (“Do I like this? Is it good for me? Should I buy the cookie?”), and, generally, it’s much easier to break a habit with this question.

Celestine Chua - Excellence, a habit,

Celestine Chua – Excellence, a habit,

How to find out about trainings / volunteering stages / other educational forms financed by the European Union (Erasmus+)?

In the article below, I list some of the solutions you have if you want to take part to a training / volunteering stages / other means of education financed by the European Union. I took part to 6 trainings like these (2 in Romania, then one in Serbia, Germany, Turkey, Ireland), and to other various smaller projects. I greatly enjoyed them. I also know some people who did volunteering via EVS. Below some information on things like these.

(the video is not mandatory, but it explains better what I say in the article)

The most important part of this article:

SALTO-Youth – this is for people interested in trainings. Generally, there are 20-25 participants, from various countries in the European Union. The trainings are usually aimed at people with ages below 30, but you can find options if you go over that age. Generally a training goes for 7 days. The working language is generally English. The International trainings I took part to were generally not held in big cities, but in places quite isolated from big communities. I think it’s more interesting to participate in a training in a different country than yours, but it’s simpler to just go in a training in your country. Of course, you can pick the trainings which interest you, and even decline if you are accepted. Most of the times, the age for participation is required to be more than 18 years. Some programs have an upper limit (no more than 30 years old, let’s say), others don’t. I wrote about the reasoning for taking part to such a training here – How to visit a new country like a PRO?: Betterish. So, the links:

EVS (European Voluntary Service) - this program is for people interested in volunteering in the European Union countries (and not only). You can volunteer anywhere from 2 weeks to 12 months. You can pick the country and the NGO for which you wish to do EVS. You need to be between 17 and 30 years old.

Other programs:

Below, some extra things. Less important, but, still useful things to know.

Barack Obama - Week in the field—Illinois, February 17th, 2012,

Barack Obama – Week in the field—Illinois, February 17th, 2012,

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