How to Choose What You Put into the World

I've been thinking a bit about what I put out into the world- blogging, videos, research, anything really- and how to deal with looking back at past work, and (often) cringing, because current me would do it better/in more detail/from a different perspective. ..

PICKLE RIIIICK!! ..Or Why You Should Do Things Because You Can

If you could turn yourself into a pickle, would you?  I mean probably not, but you do you.   In the episode "Pickle Rick," Rick Sanchez of Rick and Morty attempts to explain...

How to Actually Ask for Help

Over the course of the last few months of work, I've noticed something that can occur when asking questions: not all asks for help are made equal.  It can be incredibly easy for people who have the best of intentions...

How to Speed Read

I've known for many years that I can read at a significantly faster pace than is perhaps average when necessary.  However, I can recognize in my own reading, as backed up by literature, that there is a trade off between reading comprehension and speed that eventually becomes problematic...

Caffeine Tolerance: How to Use It More Efficiently

Over the course of my studies, I have become what you might call an, advanced, consumer of caffeinated drinks, and foods (chocolate covered coffee beans are basically the best, just try them).  Caffeine alone however, it not enough to keep you going...

Beware the Brain Crack

When you've got work on the docket that needs doing, it can be exceedingly tempting to chase down every little idea, plan, or new goal that pops into your head in an effort to escape, because it's just so good and feels like it's so close and achievable...

Three Top Tips for Choosing Your Background Music While Working

I, like many people, have a tendency to live behind my headphones, burning through podcasts, listening to whatever the music algorithms decide is supposed to be next (or one song on loop.  For days on end...

Why I Don’t Believe In Writer’s Block

When did I stop believing in writer's block?  Somewhere between the time that I learned the ugly truth about how bananas are garbage fruits and that my phone has a notes app built into it.  Writer's block can be a monster when you're up against a deadline, real or imagined (but at least the latter only makes you feel terrible subjectively?), but for me, the question has never actually been if I could find a forward in the piece I was writing.  Depending on the situation, the issue could be anything from feeling like I wrote myself into a hole and forgot my ladder, to spacing out on that one idea I had that one time on how I'd handle part of a piece of writing, to some next level procrastination that's one of the few reasons I vacuum on a semi-regular basis.  But isn't that writer's block?  Well... Shut up...