Still noodling on distraction and focus, also considering the system one and system two thinking that Arthur Doler laid out in a useful and informative Lunch and Learn at work.
Picked up a copy of Cal Newport’s book “Deep Work,” it seems to tie in well with what I’m thinking about now.
Stimuli and input
Seneca’s “Letters from a Stoic” is the main book I’m reading, adding in “Difficult Conversations” by Stone, Patton, and Heen for the QA book club at work. I made a list of all the books I’ve read because of the Farnam Street blog, there are ten titles so far. I used to live on Farnham Street, so the name gives me a little trouble.
Craft and unnecessary creating
I’ve been a lifelong English scone baker, but I discovered a recipe for sourdough scones and I think it is better than my original one. The scones come out lighter and fluffier, with more structural integrity. Experimenting with adding in coffee flour (made from the fruit of the coffee berry), and unusual flours (sprouted wheat, oat flour, cornmeal).
Exercise and health
My karate instructor has been working me back through the coloured-belt techniques (orange, purple, blue, and green for Tracy’s Karate). It’s surprising how vicious they are!