Note to self: Don’t be so lazy you don’t even do this!

I’m not a naturally super neat person. There’s always something a little messy somewhere in my place (unless you’re visiting, then I stash my messes [mostly piles of paper and notebooks] in a box/closet/somewhere you don’t see it). But it doesn’t take much time to throw something out right away, to make your bed, and so on! But at times I get tired and lazy and the mess grows. So, this is a little reminder to myself. I need it, now and then.

Morning: make your bed. It may seem inconsequential, but it sets the tone for your whole day.

Noon: file and delete emails. […]

Night: pick up and put away clothes/set out tomorrow’s clothes. You’d be amazed at how quickly you can put away the clothes you’ve strewn around, and at how much having your clothes set out de-stresses your morning!

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Way Beyond Weight [Documentary]

There is a problem on human race, a heavy one. Worldwide, kids are heavier than they should. And unhealthy. From Brazil to Kuwait, the levels of childhood obesity are outstandingly high. “Why are kids carrying this extra weight? The industry, the marketers, the parents, the governments. Who is responsible for raising a healthy child?”.”Beyond Weight” is a movie that seeks to answer those questions in depth. It interviewed families, kids and specialists from all over the world.

This documentary made me sad. All these young kids are so overweight. They have the diseases that come with it, like diabetes and high blood pressure. The problem is complex; and not easily solved. Most of it boils down to knowledge – who has it, and who doesn’t. In this case, the corporations behind the fast food, soda, cookies, crisps and so on… they have all the knowledge and information. The people buying the food for their kids, they don’t know any better than that it’s food and that it must be good, because it has a brand logo stuck on it.

Some of the scenes that I definitely will remember:

  • These Brazilian kids don’t even know what a real potato looks like, or a mango…
  • A lot of passersby were very, very much surprised by how much sugar there actually is in Coca Cola.
  • The kid who traded in his school supplies for candy (because his mom didn’t give him candy anymore…)

Books aspiring leaders should read, according to Gautam Mukunda

The amount of books I add to GoodReads seems neverending – just like my to-read pile of books on my nightstand. The titles marked red are ones I want to read someday. The one marked orange has been lying on my nightstand for a while now. I read bits and pieces of it. Thing is, reading lots of articles in the same field as Thinking, Fast and Slow for my thesis research, does not exactly make me want to read it right now. Somehow it feels like “homework”, so I’m leaving it on the to-read pile for now. Another time, another place.

Books aspiring leaders should read

Eric: What books do you recommend to your students at Harvard?

Gautam:

  • Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Clayton Christensen, How Will You Measure Your Life?
  • Nassim Taleb, Fooled by Randomness
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals
  • Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney, Willpower

From: “Interview – Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda explains the secrets to being a better leader“, Barking up the wrong tree.

How to think

1. Synthesize new ideas constantly. Never read passively. Annotate, model, think, and synthesize while you read, even when you’re reading what you conceive to be introductory stuff. That way, you will always aim towards understanding things at a resolution fine enough for you to be creative.

4. Always have a long-term plan. Even if you change it every day. The act of making the plan alone is worth it. And even if you revise it often, you’re guaranteed to be learning something.

8. As you develop skills, write up best-practices protocols. That way, when you return to something you’ve done, you can make it routine. Instinctualize conscious control.

And more at: Boyden, Ed. (2007). “How to think”. Technology Review.

 

Recipe: Cold avocado noodles

Sometimes you find a recipe and you fall straight in love with it. Like these cold avocado noodles  from Fooding Kitchen. I changed the recipe a bit to suit my taste (substituted the water cress with cucumber), but still amazing. Below is my adjusted recipe.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 bunches dry buckwheat noodles
  • 1/2 of a ripe avocado
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 TBL lemon juice
  • 1 tsp tamari (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cucumber, cut julienne
  • 75 g shredded carrot
  • sesame seeds for garnish, roasted

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, combine the avocado, sesame oil, lemon juice, and tamari in a small bowl and mash until smooth.

2. Once the water has reached a boil, add the noodles and boil for 3 minutes. 

3. Drain the noodles and rinse thoroughly with cold water.

4. In a large bowl, combine the noodle mixture with the mashed avocado and using clean hands, toss until blended well. Taste for saltiness and add more tamari if desired.

5. Serve topped with shredded carrot, sesame seeds, and the cucumber.