I recently completed reading Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning
It was a fascinating book. There were things that were described that almost seemed counter-intuitive but made sense after a second read through. If there is any quote that has been stuck with me from reading the book, it would have to be
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
– Viktor Frankl
When this is taken into consideration, many things that were once considered large stresses or small nuisances evaporate. Of course, it’s not all of them, but it’s a dramatically different mindset and commands a higher level of awareness in one’s life.
It carries great strength when considered under the context of great change. In the face of change, we may feel a great deal of anxiety and fear. If we expand this fear and anxiety into an entire life, we find that the only way forward is through this fear regardless. It will come to pass, but it only will if we take the leap of faith.
Really take the time to understand and ponder this statement. Who knows if it may carry deep meaning to you as well.
– Michael Navazhylau
Hey. It’s Mecha. I thought it might be fun to talk about my short stint of burnout over the summer.
Haste may follow excitement
There are wonderful things in this world to get excited about: Bleeding Edge tech, New ideas, New friends, New Opportunities. In haste of all this overwhelming novelty that we may face, we may try to commit (grasp) onto many new projects or endeavors. This is our haste. Novelty can be a very alluring thing.
Because of our haste, we may crash and burn
Just like with our hands, we have a limited amount of things that we can hold on to securely. As such, when we pile on more than we handle, we crush our hands in the process.
Obviously, our hands will heal. Its a matter of how long they will heal and the rehabilitation.
This is burn out
Over the summer, I had the nagging sense that I had to work on something over the summer, technology wise. As much as I wanted to, my mind was telling me otherwise. I made the poor decision of ignoring it. Whatever I tried building during the summer, I can’t bring myself to looking at again.
Know your limit
Then maybe do your limit + 1, but that is it.
limit + 1 is if you’re aiming for growth. But limits are very volatile and dependent on several internal and external factors. Like Calculus :D
Though haste sometimes is necessary and could be good at times, evaluate the situation and see if it can be properly handled in a calm manner rather then a chaotic sprint.
You will collapse if you sprint too hard. No one is immune to this
Thanks for reading out. I’m flying away for now
– Michael Navazhylau
We are often told to work hard to get to where we want to get to in life. Sometimes actually getting there is a counter-intuitive approach. The ability for the human mind to focus or consume energy has set limits that should yield diminishing returns when exceeded.
Effective energy(time) usage.
There is an approximated attention span of 10 to 20 minutes for teenagers and adults. Obviously this attention span is largely dependent on numerous other factors. There is also the option to “refocus” on the given task at end once attention drifts to other places. To compensate correctly for the precious resources of focus, it is important to space sessions out.
For example, when picking up a new skill that must eventually be recalled, it will be more effective to study the task 20-60 minutes a day. This is in contrast to the stereotypical attempt to “cram” in the information within 2 hours a day before the recalling the information may be in order.
This form of learning is called spaced repetition
I recommend reading that first and then progressing from there. I have begun using the software called Anki and have had successful results so far.
One of my new favorite quotes since the summer has begun was one from Abraham Lincoln. It goes as such…
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
The power of planning ahead can not be underestimated. When we are within the thick and thin of a situation without adequate planning, we can only rely of our limited intuition of our circumstances. Sadly, this makes for half-baked assignments, artwork, projects, etc.
Very rarely does one get a “flash of inspiration”. Rather it is a consistent commitment or “grind” where the creativity is cultivated and utilized.
It is by telling ourselves to create in the ignoring the fear that it will never be worth our time.
For it is up to us at the end of the day, to decide what will bring us meaning… not what others tell us.
– Michael Navazhylau