productivityby@basilesamel

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Oct 16, 2020

Home Coworking Space

The rooms are getting cold as winter approaches, so everyone in the house is gathering downstairs by the fireplace. My brother and I are occupying a whole table in the living room, while my parents are browsing Facebook on one of the couches: it feels like I'm in a cozy coworking space, and I love i...

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Oct 13, 2020

Caffeine-free

I haven't had caffeine in a week, and it feels great. No tea, no coffee, and no soda. For a long time, a cup of coffee has been replacing most of my breakfasts. It wasn't healthy, and even though I was aware of it, it's only till two weeks ago I decided to put a stop to this habit. First, because my...

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Oct 9, 2020

Gardening as a Workout

If you're not familiar with gardening, you might think it's only about watching plants grow, but the reality is elsewhere: it can become a full-body workout! You have to prune trees, mow the grass, crush fallen leaves and branches, chop wood, carry water, dig, carry stuff, and climb things, among o...

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Sep 24, 2020

Autumn 2020

Autumn is here, and I couldn't be happier about it. Rain is pouring. The gray sky contrasts with the green grass and the brown fallen leaves. Morning dew makes its entrance. It's starting to get cold outside, so things feel extra cozy indoors: it's the perfect weather to brew some coffee, light fir...

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Aug 27, 2020

The Day Goes By

Time flows in a supernatural fashion when you're deeply immersed in your work. I wake up, eat two meals, and go to bed. If it weren't for my daily logs, I wouldn't believe I actually did something during the day: I'm so focused on the moment I don't have time to get bored or actually realize how fas...

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Aug 18, 2020

On Code Generators

Developers underestimate the power of code generators. We don't always need more abstraction in the form of libraries, frameworks, or software products. When we are used to coding features a certain way, it isn't always in our best interest to make things simpler in the long run at the expense of a ...

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Aug 7, 2020

Meditation by Lake Geneva

Not having time to do the things we love is merely an excuse we tell ourselves. It's not uncommon for people to live deferred lives. You might tell yourself: I wish I could learn Italian. I wish I could travel the world. I wish I could raise goats. I wish I could live off my own Youtube channel. I w...

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Jul 31, 2020

Dog Days

There comes a time during Summer where the temperature borders on the 40°C and barely decreases at night. Stendhal nicknamed the Lot-et-Garonne region, the French Toscane. During these dog days, grasses and trees burn under the cruel sun. And so do the people living here. I'm a Summer child, but I'm...

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Jul 24, 2020

Movement and Creativity

Creativity is your mind traveling to distant lands. And since mind and body are but one thing, moving around generates inspiration. Movement and creativity are closely linked. Many thinkers are known to be avid walkers, like Nietzsche and Thoreau. Sometimes, you just have to get up or squeeze a toy....

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Jul 22, 2020

Second Attempt at Quitting Coffee

This week was my second attempt at quitting coffee, but I already relapsed after two days: I need a better plan. I don't like having to rely on coffee. It's bad for my stomach, my stress level, and my sleep pattern. I drink two to three cups a day to get things done. If I go without it for two days,...

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Jul 19, 2020

Joyful Urgency

Have you ever forgotten to do some homework and hastily tried to complete it an hour before the start of the class? Or have you ever had to fix a broken website in the middle of the night? In these situations, procrastination ceases to exist: this is the power of urgency. Parkinson's law states that...

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Jul 16, 2020

8 Micro-Habits For Increased Energy

Productivity stems from three components: adopting the right tools and processes, learning to focus, and mastering your energy levels. The latter is particularly interesting: it's the easiest part, but it's also the most overlooked one. Our energy levels are a direct consequence of our lifestyle. A ...

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Jul 13, 2020

Being One, and Many

Our economy rewards people who can do one thing well, not people who can do many poorly, but specialization is also risky in a fast-changing environment: when do we become too specialized, and when do we start spreading ourselves too thin? This paradox arose after the first industrial revolution to ...

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Jul 12, 2020

What's Productivity?

Productivity is traditionally measured as the rate of output per unit of input, but the metric falls short when it leads to employee burnout, environmental disasters, or similar counter-productive side effects: the way we calculate productivity is at best incomplete, at worst erroneous. I am reminde...

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Jul 10, 2020

Better Social

I began reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport right before the explosion of the pandemic in Europe. The author already mentioned in his book Deep Work how social networks impact our productivity, and this second book aimed at detailing strategies to do more by using connected technologies less. ...

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Jul 6, 2020

The Tent

A horrendous heat wave is hitting the South-West of France. I'm having a hard time sleeping at night, and wake up later than I'd like to in consequence. Leaving the windows open helps, but the mosquitoes keep me awake and the comfortable queen-sized bed convinces me to oversleep. I might have found ...

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Jul 1, 2020

Weightlifting

Everyone should start lifting weights. Except for the obvious health benefits exercising brings, I see at least four additional advantages weightlifting has over other sports. First, it's highly efficient to build muscles and endurance. One thing I hate about bodyweight exercises is how long each se...

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Jun 30, 2020

Don't Force It

One of the core principles of permanent agriculture is to avoid forcing things to happen. You have be patient with the crops, watch silently and avoid unnecessary efforts. No need to plow the soil, kill the slugs, or water several times every day: balance brings itself. Creative projects are similar...

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Jun 28, 2020

Making Weight Plates in Concrete

Industrial weight plates from 10kg and up are out of stock everywhere because of the pandemic, so I set out to make my own in reinforced concrete. The first try was today. I bought a 30 kg bag of concrete for $8 and a $6 PVC pipe, built a square mold using wooden slats, and simply let the mixture dr...

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Jun 24, 2020

Why We Work

We often lose sight of why we work in the first place, like a parent overworking himself so that his children can have a better future, but who forgets to actually spend time with them. The most obvious reason is we need to make a living. We work because we require money to cover our needs and desir...

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Jun 23, 2020

Summer Decluttering

I always liked the idea of living out of a backpack: very few material possessions to worry about, only the thrill of the adventure ahead to savor. But what you carry varies throughout the year and depends on your destination. You still need what Yasmine Abbas calls a meta-architecture of storage: a...

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Jun 18, 2020

Running

Last time I had a proper running routine was about 4 years ago, back in college. I always loved it, long-distance or not. There is something truly insightful about being able to pace yourself and maintain proper form by feeling your breath and heart beats. It's a deep meditation. You live in the mom...

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Jun 16, 2020

Faster Reading

I'm trying to read more non-fiction books. I still have so much to learn, and yet I only read one book per month. It has to change. The problem is probably my reading methodology. Reading books twice takes too much time. I like to go through a whole book while sitting comfortably in a chair with my ...

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Jun 14, 2020

Tips for Hardgainers

I've always struggled with gaining weight. It's not that I'm a picky eater or that I can't afford it, it's just that I'm not used to eating a lot. I often skip breakfast, and there were days where I would simply forget to have a proper meal. Even though my country is known for its foodies, I'm an ea...

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