Break the rules, not the laws – Monotony

A sun clock-shaped person writing on a computer. Drawing.

At some points in your life you’re going to realize you’re starting to fall into routines, into monotony. I’ve got to be honest, I can’t follow routines even if I wanted to. I can’t say everyday starting tomorrow I’ll dedicate 3pm-4pm time to study, because I won’t; I can’t break that rule, because my “system” breaks itself in some way.

But many people can fall into monotony very easily. They start to do the same things everyday so eventually those actions become “automatic”; they no longer require too much thinking. So monotony leads to lack of productivity and in some way slowly turns off your brain cells. By that I mean that getting those cells working again (a.k.a. getting out of the monotony) becomes hard with time.

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He died four days ago

I think the title is a little too hard. To the reader and to me to write it. The thing is a couple of days ago someone I knew died. It feels awful to understand what it means. To understand he’s dead.

I think I can call him a friend. He’s a year above me, but we spent nearly 6 years studying together. Not school material, but mathematics. Since I was a little kid my parents and school realized I was great at math, so at school I started to compete in some sort of competition relating the resolution of logical mathematical problems. We “trained” for that in what later turned into a “Math Club”. He was there. We didn’t play video games together, nor we hanged out somewhere else. But I knew him, in some way I feel that. We even traveled together several times to attend “special” classes in the capital!

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The mental apartment – Constant study analogy

Home office with tons of architect works

Constancy is supposed to be a state of no changes. Something to be constant is to be unaltered in any way, by anything. That’s why, in math (and other areas), there are things called constants, that generally are specific numbers that never change. Pi, which is 3,1416… is a great example.

But when we use the word (at least in Spanish, I don’t know if it’s used in English this way), constancy means to do something regularly, in a daily/weekly basis or something like that. The “unchanging” thing is that we keep doing it. Like sleeping, eating. Those are constant actions, we’re being constants about needing to do those things. About doing those things.

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Fascination with Psychology. Knowing yourself.

Moleskine filled up with thoughts

Going back a few years I can remember how I started (and why I started) this blog in the first place. It was all because of a notebook. The little black notebook was a Moleskine, a famous brand of notebooks. The kind used by the great minds of past times. The thing was that I really liked the whole idea to write/sketch ideas on a notebook; in fact, on a black, serious, legendary, notebook.

These notebooks are easily found in book stores on the US, but here in Venezuela it’s a little more complicated; more, not living on the capital. So that made the act of writing there something amazing. I remember my first ideas where about human behavior and how or minds work.

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Productive or leisure time?

Watching TV, focused on the person's shoe.

When we talk about leisure time we mostly refer to activities unrelated to work, to duties, to numbers. Leisure according to many people is the time you spend watching TV, going to a party or listening to music. It is actually, by dictionary, the time you spend on those things. But there is a twist. We normally call leisure to many activities unrelated to productivity. Leisure is actually anything unrelated to work and any action we “need” to do. You can be productive in your leisure time.

Things we need to do are basically our biological needs (eating, sleeping and going to the bathroom are on the top of my head) adding our jobs to the list. The rest of activities are considered done in leisure time. When we stop working and start doing other things, whatever they might be, then we’re in leisure time.

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Triggers for “Speed-Thinking”

Space Mountain track at Walt Disney World

I write this in order to put this thoughts somewhere, besides my notebooks (pretty much like any other article here in the blog). What makes this different is that I’m not sure enough to say this is applicable to everybody. If it is, well, great. If it’s not, well, you’ve been advised. It’s not that a big deal anyway.

What I mean about speed thinking is that of moment, a time-lapse in which you’re thinking really fast, a lot of things (Say, On the second line of thought). In those moments you may be thinking about the TV show you’re watching, who are the actors, where have you seen them other than the show, when is that good-looking movie you saw on commercials playing on theaters and well, a lot of thing, in a minute or less.

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We are worrying too much about little things

A phone with low batteries

Today we’re living in a half real, half virtual, society. And yet the “virtual” part is becoming real. It’s not bad, I must say, disagreeing with almost everyone. Electronic devices appeared a while ago and they’re not going anywhere. I think centuries ago people said the same things about new devices, like when the printing press was showed to the world, who wasn’t thinking at the time that handwritten texts were of more quality, or soul? Not many, I bet.

Now, there are differences. For example, phones had advanced so much we now barely actually call somebody, rather than just sending a text, a mail, a tweet, or well, any of the other thousand ways to communicate a message over the cell network. These days we care too much about “how many megabytes do I have left for the month?”, “my battery is dying”, “there is no wi-fi in here?!”. We have started to care about little things.

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