More ideas from my productivity notebook (Who helps create?)

365 texts creativity productivity
Reflections and drafts

Goal of the day: 947 words. Written: 660.

I will continue to rewrite my notes. I don't want these ideas to remain on paper - I want them to breathe and be useful to you. (Oh, and also that the hunger for ideas would help me discover new thoughts.)

Martynas Jocius, "Transformations of Attention": Meditations.

Neurologists studying the activity of the human brain have measured that electrical impulses in neural networks have a variable frequency, which depends on the state of consciousness and the nature of thinking. These frequencies will be very useful for us. Scientists have divided the entire amplitude of electrical impulses into five areas:

  1. Gamma frequency (35-130 Hz), which is usually reached infrequently, in moments of insight.
  2. Beta frequency (14-35 Hz), which is a natural state of mind during the day when we work and take care of various issues.
  3. Alpha frequency (8-14 Hz), which is achieved when relaxing, resting, feeling calm or in shallow meditation.
  4. Theta frequency (4-8 Hz) at which the brain vibrates during dreaming during sleep or during meditation.
  5. Delta frequency (0-4 Hz) experienced during dreamless sleep.

Although we are currently in the beta frequency, creativity is a characteristic of the alpha brain frequency, where ideas and solutions come much more easily and are of better quality.

This leads us to one interesting method for finding solutions.

To find an answer to a question or a solution to a problem, you need to gather as much information as possible, ask yourself a well-formulated question, and then simply go to rest or meditate.

The most interesting thing is that the turning points with "eureka!" moments are reached when the brain has enough free energy for the gamma frequency, which requires quality rest.

Only by regularly and deeply relaxing do we reach the realm of awareness where brilliant thoughts and good decisions arise, and only by taking care of our maximally productive work can we move forward faster while creating more free time in our days.

Because free time is always created in the lives of active people, it almost never appears by itself.

Therefore, the basis of really productive work is hours of high-quality relaxation.

Peter Axt, On the Happiness of Laziness: Laziness.

  • Hello. (?)
  • Longevity. (?)
  • Minus kilograms. (?)
  • Sloths are long-lived because they do not waste their vital energy.
  • The theory of vital energy (1908). (?)

Jason Fried, Rework: Opting Out.

It helps you not to do worthless jobs.

Robert Schnakenberg, The Great Writers: Breaks.

Some of the writers did nothing and enjoyed life for most of their work and artistic breaks. (?)

Austin Kleon, How to steal like an artist: Creativity.

Only through consumption can we accumulate a file of information in our minds. So, you need to use a lot. And use it lazily, rest.

Various authors, Psychology Today:

Learning works best when you alternate between studying and resting. You can't learn two of the same things at once, because you won't remember anything that way.

Various authors:

  • The meaning of life is to enjoy life. Laziness helps to do this.
  • Like monks.
  • Taking breaks helps us see how far we've come. And instant gratification is what drives us in the modern world (or always has). Scientific psychological research shows that we learn best when we receive a reward immediately after the work done during training (learning). Planned moments of rest, pauses, breaks - this gives a clear field of vision to look at what we have achieved, what we are about to achieve (this will act as motivation for the work to come) and to see that the work is moving.
  • There are few things more morally depressing than the mystery of progress, the never-ending Sisyphean or Kafkaesque labors, and the imperceptible and insignificant accomplishments. When working in this mode, you run out of strength much faster, you lose motivation or you want to shoot yourself. Metaphorically, of course.
  • Looking back on accomplished work also helps to repeat acquired knowledge, enjoy the fruits of labor (if your work was picking apples, so maybe an apple in the literal sense) and consolidate achievements. Finish unfinished business, spot mistakes and either fix them or learn from them.
  • Life and work looking only forward is like the journey of a ridden horse from a quiet stable to a disastrous death in the Russian winter at [[an allusion to Napoleon's march on Moscow, location]]. Although you managed to get Napoleon to his destination, was it worth it? After running your whole life forward, did you enjoy it, answer questions about your own meaning, or do valuable work?

It is said that…

  • The devil carries the work of the lazy.
  • A loaf of bread cries when eaten by a sloth.
  • Karoshi - The Japanese are literally dying of overwork. This is also observed in the USA and Germany.
  • Lithuanians work a lot, but earn little.
  • Swedes (or whose?) work hours are shorter, so... They work more!
  • Henry Ford suggested 8 working hours days and 5 day work weeks, because working more results in overwork and less efficiency. Also, if everyone is working, there is no one to buy cars, but the first part is also important.


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