2018 will probably be remembered as a turning point in human history from the pre-AI to the AI era. We are not only surrounded by technology, significant parts of our everyday life happen only digitally. With the great benefits comes a high price: Our attention, privacy and (the most valuable resource) time. We sacrafice significant amounts of each in order to be part of this revolution which we do not fully understand the way we probably should as a society.
I am a teacher and I love facilitating the computer to teach. There are some options that a black-/whiteboard can’t offer you. But Windows sometimes decides to just randomly update your system, which sucks if you are teaching a class. I also love productivity and productivity apps. And last but not least, I love freedom. I don’t want to feel like my computer is a jail that restricts me from using it. I also am a Minimalist and like my interfaces to be clean and distraction-free. For a long time I was looking for the best GNU/Linux Distro out there to fulfill all of my needs. I found it and it is better than any Mac / Windows system I ever used: Elementary OS.
We crave for success. Wherever we go, people tell us that the most important goal in their life is being successful. Yet, hardly anybody seems to reach the point of satisfaction. We work hard, from paycheck to paycheck, push-up to push-up, song to song, program to program, promotion to promotion, exam to exam. Yet, even when we reach the goal, it seems to move further away from our desired future.
I started this challenge to try out new things and to make challenges a new part of this blog’s content. Daily articles might be a thing for other bloggers that either have more time or are just more capable of creating posts on the spot without an extensive proof-reading phase. I’m certainly not gifted with either. I cannot write daily challenges and keep the level of quality I want to deliver. Thus, I decided to put in the remaining days of this challenge into one article. It also has the side benefit that I can write down my experience whenever I have an appropriate amount of time to sit down.
Yesterday I was literally too busy and productive to write another article (additionaly to the one about markdown) about my terminal-only week, which in itself is a rather good thing. Among going to work I was able to practice the guitar for over an hour, went to bed at an appropriate time and felt something that I completely forgot about: boredom.
Have you ever felt that formatting kills your momentum? Do you sometimes feel like changing the layout of your essays, blog posts, etc. feels a little like extra work that you would rather spend in more useful things? I certainly did. Then, some day, I stumbled upon a formatting language which was so easy to use that even I could remember it and so fast and intuitive, that I just instantly fell in love with it. Meet Markdown:
When it comes to challenges I love to set myself some boundaries or try out new things over a set period of time in order to gain new insights into the world of productivity. While I tried to learn the basics of vim last week I now want to focus on an entire new level of productivity. Digital Minimalism does not necessarily mean decluttering files, or social media. It could also refer to computing in a minimal, more productive way.