Thursday, January 2, 2020

Choose Chaos


    It was time that I got rid of my office. I had it for a year, and spent almost every day in there (when I worked remotely). This year I'm trying something different. I am going to only work in random places in a nomadic fashion. All I really need is a power outlet. 


    One of my friends recommended the book Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Although I am still reading the book, one of the ideas in the book convinced me to switch things up a bit.

    
     According to Taleb: "extrapolating to an environment with higher stressors" than we're used to we can get "overcompensation" which actually help us become more "resilient" or in other words more productive.  In the book Taleb recommends we work in a loud coffee shop instead of a quiet office so that we can actually focus. To me this first seemed counter-intuitive, but it does make sense when I think about the many times I've actually been slightly more productive at a Starbucks than at work. The only thing that makes the experience less efficient is not having my dual-monitor setup.

    I'm not sure how long this experiment will last but I don't really have a choice anymore. Maybe I should have kept my office as a backup - but that is what life is about right? Take a risk, step out of your comfort zone and grow. Just remember, difficult times will make us or break us. Choose chaos.



    

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