I have learned much about myself through introspective thought. My need to create a system to reign in the chaos around my life–and the subsequent failure of each system tried–has created a kind of numbing toward the inadequacies of all existing systems and their ability to suitably solve many of my problems.
Systems that implement a broad spectrum of principles to fit many individuals, I have learned, do not work when applied to my personal situation.
Ultimately, this is not a failure of those systems, but rather a failure of my self to accept a system that has worked for many other people.
If there is anything to be admired about modern man’s brain, it is its uncanny ability to create order from chaos.
We see this sort of behavior daily. Traffic lights, filesystems, smartphones, and (even more simply) our written and spoken language. While the evolutionary benefit may have passed its time, the concept of getting one’s life “in order” still sits at the forefront even into the 21st century.
Even in the world of knowledge workers, we tend to put systems in place which make us assume that everything is optimized.
I believe that simply attempting to create order out of the chaos of modern life leads me further down the path to chaos.
I have been through more than my fair share of productivity and organizational systems throughout my school and adult years. Each one promises a new level of understanding and claims to provide an easier way to organize the “stuff” in your life so that you can get to work with minimal hassle.
Though many people can easily choose one method and get that to stick, I have a harder time grafting the newfound habits and knowledge into my day-to-day life, thereby defeating any and all benefit that I would have seen if I was able to give it my all.
There is no one thing in my personality and style that prevents me from achieving to my potential, but rather a group of many different traits that work together to topple any attempt at making a change for the better.
My problem with many systems is that they are not my system.
I was attempting to find a pair of socks today in our laundry basket, and it got me thinking about how bad programming practices can be like finding a pair of socks in a laundry basket full of loose socks.
This sounds kind of hokey, so let me explain further.
In the last entry of this series, I discussed the true cost of owning a Windows-based computer. Although the one-time upfront fee may sound like a great deal, in order to keep your computer running for years to come, you must invest a large amount of time, money and effort.
In this entry, I would like to discuss an alternative to the Windows operating system: Linux.
Have you ever had one of those days where it seems that everything that could possibly go wrong does? As Murphy’s Law states:
Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
This seems truer today than ever in my life. It seems it’s a matter of the Universe trying to tell me something, and I’m not sure if I’m really ready to hear what it has to say.
This is Part 2 of “The Fear of Using Windows.” Please read Part 1 if you have not already.
There is a lot more to owning and maintaining a PC than just picking one up from the store and plugging it into the wall. I think the overall lifetime cost of a PC should be considered when purchasing new hardware. Continue reading
I’ve harped heavily here before about how Windows doesn’t work well for people who are just starting out with computers. I’d like to go into a bit more detail about thoughts I’ve had recently and give a little background to what I’m talking about.
This past weekend I caught a terrible bug that has been passed around my family, which has caused me to slack off even more than usual.
The past two days have been without motivation for my New Year’s Challenge, and so I haven’t fulfilled the requirements of that challenge.