Keeping Busy II

Since the start of the second university semester, I’ve found myself reflecting on busyness again. A few weeks ago, I was finding my love again for languages by studying my own methods. But since seminars and lectures have started again, I’ve found my days filled up with these ‘obligations', deadlines and meetings. This is all [...]

Don’t Work More, Don’t work Less, Work Differently

In this time of great upheaval and change, the way we go about our work has had to be re-evaluated. We can no longer just carry on the way we did before in many areas of our lives. We can fall into the trap of thinking that because our normal way of working has changed [...]

Bravery

I’ve been reading The Librarian of Auschwitz and came across this thought-provoking extract. The protagonist, Dita Kraus, is told that if she is to become the Librarian, she will have to be very brave: "Brave people are not the ones who aren’t afraid. Those are reckless people who ignore the risk; they put themselves and [...]

A White Blank Page

"Anything you do can be fixed - but you’ll never fix the perfection of a blank page" - Neil Gaiman I remember listening to this podcast and hearing Neil Gaiman talk about his storytelling. He spoke about creative work and how striving for perfection can paralyse us. We can plan and prepare, spend hours thinking [...]

The Seeds We Plant

"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant" - Robert Louis Stevenson This quote speaks volumes of our daily work. We want to see the immediate benefits. We want the shortcut and the quick fix. We long for the elusive quantum leap. Sooner or later, life will teach [...]