Last night I was going through some stuff in storage to create a space to record some video production. I found a video of a musical (community theater) I was in 9 years ago, and I did not like how I looked. I realized that nothing had changed. I think it takes that spark to light a fire.
I’m going to change my body to what I want, which is healthy (based on performance objectives) and very agile. I care much less about the look of it, but I realize the appearance of my body is the representation of how close I am to my objectives. And I’m not close.
I have been writing a lot in notebooks lately. Normally where I’ll make checkboxes and lists I have been writing full sentences. Instead of putting “read, work out, take dogs out” as a list, I’ll write that out like this: “Today I’m going to read 10 pages from . I’m going to do my Thursday workout. And I need to take the dogs out at 10 am.” There’s something in writing in a book that connects me to the act of doing as well as the intention of doing.
It also allows me to think as I write, to process my thoughts in order to get them down. I find when I write on a computer, I’m focussed more on the writing than the thinking. I have to pause to think. That may be due to being able to type fast and without looking at the keyboard, or maybe it’s just consequent to the act of typing. I don’t know. But when I write in cursive on paper, my thought processes are much different and I’m able to think more thoughts and connect more dots than when I type.
I was explaining power to someone today (one day, I might share who that someone is – long story and beyond the scope of this post) and the morality behind it. As well as the philosophy behind power. I expressed my definition of power: Something that empowers you to do something.
Fire is power since it empowers you to cook or be warm.
Electricity is power (and we actually refer to it as power) since it empowers you to do all the things it does (too long to list here).
Money is power since it empowers you to acquire resources for your or others’ consumption and/or enjoyment.
Physical strength is power since it empowers you to help lift others up, literally, or dig them out of a tornado-struck house.
It’s the use of power that creates morality, not the existence of it. Using a horse to plow a field is power. Eating salad is power. These things empower you to do other things.
Anything that empowers is power.
I couldn’t think these thoughts while I type, only while I write.
Then I thought of contemporary uses of the term empower. When we teach, we empower. We can empower people to stand up for themselves by teaching them a perspective of the situation and themselves. We can empower people to stand up for others, again by teaching perspective and sharing insight so the compassionate will be moved to stand.
Does this make us… Power? Do we have the power to empower people?
We absolutely do.
What an incredible source of identity. To have the power to empower people. And I’ve seen that empowerment come from encouraging words, insight, perspective, instruction, a pat on the back, a hug, a cheer… so many things can empower people.
And each one of us has this power.
As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. Did you know that you have that power? If you had asked me academically yesterday, I would have said yes. But after I considered the profundity of my definition of power in relation to whether we each have power, my answer is still yes… but a wholly different yes.
Be powerful. Empower everyone whose path you cross. That’s your power.
I have now gone through a full decaday since I started the idea.
Here are my initial observations:
The tracking part hasn’t changed. I track my week tasks on a piece of paper. I’ve updated that paper/printout to be a 10 day rather than 7 day. Tracking stuff hasn’t changed.
I was right about interfacing with work. It’s going to take some effort to try to make that work. That dissonance between the weeks may make the effort not worthwhile.
I think the benefit will be realized when I actually start tracking other projects. Will tracking my personal projects benefit from this decaday? I don’t know, but I haven’t given it a chance yet. So far I’ve tracked calendar items, not projects items. I think that’s where I need to focus next to see if there is any benefit.
I’m always trying new techniques to organize my time to better align to my best and most productive self.
Recently, I’ve created the concept of the 10 day week. So, basically a month would be 3 weeks long, with the final week being anywhere from 8 to 11 days depending on the month.
The format will be the week name followed by the day name.
The week names are as follows Protos, Thefteros, Tritos, Tetartos (First, Second, Third, Fourth).
The day names are Enaday, Deoday, Triaday, Tetraday, Pentaday, Exaday, Eptaday, Octoday, Eneaday, Decaday. These are days 1-10 respectively. Months with 31 days would have a 4th week with a single day.
So, the 6th day of the month will be Protos Exaday. Day 14 will be Thefteros Tetraday. The 28th will be Tritos Octoday. The 31st will Tertatos Enaday.
Why would I do this?
Because I’m a nerd, that’s why. I have no better reason to try this than to see if it will work. Instead of tracking 7 days at a time, is it easier to track 10 days? Can I break my projects into 3 chunks in a month rather than 4 and find it more productive? Will 10 days be a better fit with the nature of life and what I do?
I have absolutely no idea. I don’t know if this will be successful or if this will flop. I will not be disappointed either way. I will have learned something.
Going into this though, I know my difficulty will be interfacing with my work calendar which will inevitably stay 7 day-based.
Here we are. Sunday night. Everyone’s asleep but me (and everyone playing videos, but they should go to sleep).
I bought a new laptop recently. I’m not going to say it is the fastest in the world, but it is faster than the one listed as the fastest in the world by several (no doubt branded articles) 2 months ago. It does have more cores than any laptop in the market.
I’ve not been able to do any serious development for many months as my other laptop is 1) old enough to start showing signs of keeping up with my need for processing power and 2) damaged enough that it no longer charges a battery so it’s basically an underpowered desktop. I’ll probably repurpose it as a server.
Anyways, I have so many projects to try to catch up on now. First of which is a rewrite of my task-management software. I built a version that is SUPER insecure, but the purpose was two-fold; to learn how to program in a new language and to also create a rocking task manager. I accomplished both, but I was not following any security conventions when I wrote it. Now that I work in security, when I look at it my skin crawls.
I’m rewriting to a version others can use as well. So, if you’re interested, drop my a line and I’ll add you to a beta-users list.
Once I’m done that, next “Johnny Renaissance Project” is a t-shirt store that I’ve started (on paper at least, plus some domain purchasing, etc). Trying to generate a little passive income. I have a few projects passed that but they are written in my journal which isn’t in my hand at the moment and I wrote them down so I wouldn’t have to remember them. 🙂
I am toying with the idea of working in 10 day chunks. You can follow the Decaday category for the updates.
There are so many things going on in the world today: riots, protests, racism, pandemics, entitlement, righteousness (from damn near every segment).
I’d like to suggest a framework that might help you deal with all the constant deluge of information. So many ways you’re suppose to think and feel otherwise you are wrong and will be blasted across the internet as someone who doesn’t think the right way. But not any 2 groups can agree on how to think.
Actually, this journey was started when I attended a March 2020 CISSP bootcamp. They were clear during the bootcamp that in-and-of-itself, the bootcamp was not enough to get you a passing score on the CISSP exam.