The Newsletter: 10 February 2019

This is the weekly status update for Simplify, Create, Thrive, the blog of Berin Kinsman. It’s not technically a newsletter, but I’d rather you subscribe to the blog for email updates than have you redundantly sign up for two things. I’m going to publish this every Sunday at around 3pm EST.

The Newsletter: 10 February 2019

My big learning over the pat couple of weeks is that I need to have a few separate modes of working. Each has to be tailored to how many spoons I’ve got. When I don’t have a lot of energy to work with, I will work one way to get the most productivity for the least effort. Some tasks get back-burnered. On higher energy days, I have the oomph to do some things and can get ahead (or caught up) on the back-burnered tasks.

This means that I have to kind of MoSCoW method everything pretty much on a daily and weekly basis. The definition of must have is going to fluctuate with some things becoming should have, and some should haves turning into won’ts. The next day that will be different, and the following week it will be different again.

tl;dl I’m saving my energy for things that are highest priority.

On the Blog

This past weeks output was kind of scattershot. The Liam Neeson post blew up, and not the way I’d hoped. That’s the problem with stories like this. I wanted to use it to start a conversation about toxic masculinity. Everyone else was invested in talking about race, or whether people are too easily offended, or Terry Crews because wow, topic drift happens quickly.

I have a new theory, which will likely be equally unpopular. People are so frustrated with so many things right now, so many big issues that are beyond their control. When something like the Liam Neeson thing comes up, or Kevin Hart, or whatever celebrity does something that catches negative attention, people use them as a surrogate. No matter what side of the issue people are on, they use it as an excuse to vent.

Next week is likely going to be random as well. I promise I’m going to find a thread again at some point. The blog continues to be about me figuring things out.

The Podcast

I’m going through a whole thing with the podcast again. If we’re just doing this for fun, what people respond to doesn’t matter. But I keep looking at the numbers. People like it when we try to explain American politics and cultural phenomena. They also like it when we discuss life in Finland. Everything else is apparently boring. What I want to talk about is everything else. America makes me nervous and after five year of living in Finland, my opinions aren’t that novel.

Thanks and Gratitude

Writing a generic thank you section every week is going to start feeling repetitive and disingenuous. I want to do something, though, to acknowledge the way you brighten my day. Even though I’m writing this mainly for my own purposes, it means a lot to have people make the effort to read it and leave comments. Thank you.

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