I sincerely hope you'll find some inspiration here. I'm temporarily veering away from my traditional topics of .NET, OSS, and Maker content. I share a personal story related to mental health. I want to thank Jeremy Sinclair for breaking the ice on this topic for me.
I'm ready for a better 2022.
It wouldn't take much. 2021 pretty much sucked, right? Even for introverts like me who were gifted the best excuse ever to just stay home and code.
I mean, it's possible 2021 rocked for one or two people (per billion). Like remember that time your tech startup went public, you effectively won the lottery, and you bought a Maserati? You then quit your job only to find that true happiness was inside you all along and so you went back to work part time for the pure pleasure of it? Doesn't ring a bell? Oh yea, that was actually my roommate from college I recently met up with. I appreciate and am genuinely happy for him, but I suspect even he's had a tough year.
The point is 2022 is ripe for improvement. And tops on my areas for improvement: health. Here are some areas in which I hope to improve.
1. Be More Compassionate
2. Improve Physical Health
3. Track Mental Health
4. Manage Psychic Weight
I was really stressed out ten years ago. I felt that familiar pressure between my eyes and felt like all the things that remained undone were pressing on me. I called it "psychic weight." I have since then collected my Productivity Tips and written extensively on the topic of productivity and getting things done. I'm going to continue to remind YOU that Self-Care Matters in between my technical and coding topics.
5. Consume Carefully
- Speaker for the Dead (Orsen Scott Card)
- So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
- Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
- How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Sean Covey)
- 10% Happier (Dan Harris)
- Altered Traits Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body (Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson)
- The Power of Positive Thinking (Dr. Norman Vincent Peale)
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (Scott Adams)
- The Road Less Traveled (M. Scott Peck M.D.)
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M Pirsig)
- The Paradox of Choice (Barry Schwartz)
- The 4 Hour Workweek (Timothy Ferriss)