Sustainable Pace

September 11th, 2021

Have you done your plinsigs today?

On my phone I have a to-do-app, for the times when my life gets busy. Normally it's pretty empty, but every now and then I need to focus, to not forget something important. As my daughter is quite observant, she notices that the items in this list are kind of important to me. In fact, she's observant to the point that she found out the PIN code to my phone, and now knows how to manipulate me by adding items to my to do list. At first these were rare, fun entries, like "watch a movie together" or "go to the park to play", and I gladly played along. But quite recently I opened my to-do-app to find dozens of entries like "dggd", "dfjdsd" or "lkfgkljlr". I was angry and furiously started…

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August 21st, 2021

Vertrauen führt (Reinhard K. Sprenger, 2002) Leading with trust

Reinhard K. Sprenger is a german author of several bestsellers on management and leadership. In "Vertrauen führt" (roughly "Leading with trust") he highlights that trust is a key element in successful organisations and leadership. What is trust, and why is it important? Basically, trust is a conscious decision to not control another person, but expecting the person to act with competence, integrity and good faith. Giving up (the illusion of) control frees up a lot of resources - you no longer have to have complicated contracts or elaborate controlling mechanisms. So having a culture of trust is a clear competitive advantage for any organisation. But not only does the absence of controlling…

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October 25th, 2020

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Greg McKeown, 2014)

As I try to follow the ideals of elegance and simplicity in my life, Greg McKeown's "Essentialism" got my attention. He defines essentialism as doing less, but focusing on the right things, and explains different aspects of essentialism in about 20 blog-post-sized chapters. Journaling and Editing He starts with the essentialist's mindset in theory, which involves getting in the driver's seat and making choices for yourself, discerning important from unimportant, and continues with a few practical chapters on how to do this. I liked the chapter called "Look" best, where McKeown uses journalism as a metaphor: he describes the journalist's ability to identify the essence of a confusing,…

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October 21st, 2020

Why We Sleep - Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Matthew Walker, 2017)

Matthew Walker is a neuroscientist and sleep researcher. Why We Sleep is a comprehensive collection of insights into why sleep should be given more attention. To me it has been a revelation. Sleep affects our well-being so much, it should be a number one priority to get right, even before addressing exercise and nutrition. This book is full of interesting bits and pieces, and I pick a few that were most interesting to me. Circadian rhythm and adenosine It's not like everyone has the same sleep patterns. Sleep is dependent on the circadian rhythm and the levels of adenosine in your body. Let's talk about circadian rhythm first. You may have heard of people being either owls or larks, meaning…

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October 19th, 2020

Less Is More - How Degrowth Will Save The World (Jason Hickel, 2020)

Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist originally from Swaziland, who has previously written about social injustice in "The Divide" (2017). In this book, "Less Is More", he argues that capitalism is systemically designed to destroy human civilization on the planet, and a paradigm shift is needed to avoid this. The book contains of two parts, "More Is Less", and "Less Is More". More Is Less Growth In this first part, Hickel explores the origins of capitalism and its consequences for today's world. He says that the distinguishing feature of Capitalism is requiring growth to keep it going. The need for growth comes from replacing use-value by exchange-value: Goods are not produced in order…

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