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My Biggest Productivity Hack

Written on August 25

In the past, I have experimented with a lot of different things, trying to increase my productivity levels. Giving up coffee, waking up early, trying a polyphasic sleep rhythm and even microdosing certain chemical components to increase focus.

I still think that getting base rituals going and then improving on them is still one of the best productivity hacks I have come across so far. But no matter how good your ritual is, if your energy levels are low you won’t get far with accomplishing much.

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Workspace - June 2015

Written on June 06

This is a guest post that I’ve written for deskhunt.com which I’m going to share with you here as well.

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Why I don't read the news

Written on June 02

As I walk through the train I once more notice the myriads of free newspapers lying around everywhere. I sit down and the young lady that joined me shortly afterwards, asks me if I finished reading the newspaper located on the seat next to me. I pick it up and hand it to her.

“Here take it, It’s not mine and I don’t intend to read it anyways.” “Already up to date on all the news huh?” she asks with a grin on her face. “Something like that I guess” I tell her as I turn my attention back to my book.

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The death of individuality online

Written on June 12 2014

Just a while ago, I finished reading the book “You are not a Gadget” by Jaron Lanier. One of the main themes in the book is the decline of personal individuality on the web.

According to Lanier there are a lot of factors that contribute to this decline. The main cause being social media platforms like Facebook, which exchange personal creativity for uniformity, instant gratification through “Like” buttons and an endless supply of irrelevant information. They promote consumption and curation for the sacrifice of giving up personal expression through creation.

People reduce themselves to the predefined contents of checkboxes and drop-down relationship statuses.

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Cutting down

Written on September 02 2013

Three weeks ago, I returned from my trip to Japan. After cycling across the country of the rising sun for three months I came to one of the biggest realisations about myself:

I almost need nothing to survive, even less to enjoy life and be happy…

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