This Happened To Me

So, here I am again. Back with no creativity, no ideas and no plan. I (including my brain) am melting due to the heat and the stress of the last weeks of studying somehow erased my brain. I have absolutely no idea what to write about, so I write about that and about what’s up in my life. It’s currently very hot in my hometown. 30° Celsius and I have to wear long trousers in the office.
Lately I got deep into the topic “minimalism”. I read a lot of online articles, started to read a book, watched some YouTube videos and even the Minimalism Documentary. I want to become a minimalist, get rid of most things I own and live a more meaningful life, which isn’t defined by my consumption. But hell, that isn’t easy. A few points about how I understand minimalism and what it means to me:
Today I had no university. But that didn’t mean I had nothing to do. I had a lot to do. I had to learn so much for my exams next week! But today I also noticed how hard it is to ignore distractions. Distractions are everywhere. A few examples: I want to write a simple mail to someone at the company, but I find another mail… I want to do some online exercises but while typing the URL into the address bar, my eye catches something in the auto completion list… A notification appears on my phone and instead of turning it off, I keep using it and eventually end up watching YouTube videos instead of learning.
Yesterday, I tried updating my server. How stupid was I, thinking everything will work without problems. It didn’t work. That stole me two hours of sleep and around 1 hour of time I could have used for more important things. And there are a lot of important things. I finally finished making my websites GDPR compliant (at least I hope that’s the case now), then there’s a lot of learning to do (exams are in less than two weeks) and also another project for university where it now happened, that my team mates weren’t reliable and there’s a lot of extra work now.
Yesterday in the evening, it took me only one moment to decide, that I’ll get up early today, although I had no lessons and not really the need to get up that early. But there were some things I had to get done though and my experience (and the statistics on Todoist) showed me, that I get a lot more done when I get up early. So I decided and I executed.
Today, I wished I had listened more carefully. While I was literally melting at university (due to the hot temperatures in Germany), a package arrived at home. It was the folding bike I ordered last week to reduce the time I need to commute. My plan is to go by bike to a bus station, take the bus and then use the bike for the last meters to the university too.
I was about writing a post complaining about failing with my new goals. But does complaining bring you any further in life? No! So I’m writing about my positive progress instead, because I did a morning run today and it feels sooo great… 😏 Today, I got up at 5 am. Yes, that’s really early compared to the times I got up over the last weeks, which was usually just 7:30, sometimes even 8:30.
Technology is awesome. Technology can simplify life, but it can also be fun. Playing with technology (doesn’t matter if it’s software or hardware) always fascinated people. And I’m one of them. I recently played a lot with software on my notebook. I found out that a program called “Snap” (not Snapchat) isn’t working somehow. I tried to fix it and tried many ways, but didn’t succeed. As a workaround, I installed another program with the name “Flatpak”.
While writing this post, I’m already very tired, but I just want to add another thing to the list with things I did today. Today was a quite productive day, although it were holidays and I didn’t need to go to university. I had the option to sleep as long as I wanted, but I didn’t sleep until noon to get things done. One negative aspect of studying compared to working is, that you need to do things at home very often.
There are things I don’t like to do, but I have to. Due to that there’s a lack of motivation sometimes, I just don’t want to do it, but I have no other option. The worst kind of things I don’t like to do are the things I’m stuck at. When I just have no idea how to solve them. And there are things I like to do, but lack motivation to.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.