I am not reachable

It’s now the third week of 2018 and I already have made some changes, little changes, but they already have shown a major effect on my overall well being. Let me tell you about it.

Cause

In the first week of January I was on vacation, at least I should be. I wanted to have some time for myself and my girlfriend. Time to set goals and reboot. I really love the work I do, also if it requires me some time to put in all nighters or be on call most of the time. But this time I couldn’t calm down for a single day. Every single day, I got another mail, another instant message, ‘hey could you… please?’. In the last years I would have jumped to my laptop and fixed all the issues in my holidays. This time it had another effect.

Effect

In general I have disabled most notifications on my phone, so I get less distracted. There are a few apps, like phone that should ring and wake me up or notify me. But this time I have gone a bit further. I have deleted all messaging accounts and mail boxes, that were related to that job. The same goes for my iPad. I deleted Jira, Confluence, Hangouts and some Airmail Inboxes.

You won’t believe what an amazing relieving effect this had. As long as I am not sitting in front of my notebook, I am not reachable. And this feeling is scary first but then amazing.

I am not reachable

2018 – Blank Canvas

It’s the first of January in 2018. So Happy New Year, to all of you. I’ve spent New Years Eve with my girlfriend and two friends. It was a fun little party with raclette and poker (and some alcohol).

Any resolutions?

No, and that’s what this post is about. The headline is, a blank canvas, and that’s what 2018 is. The first day is almost over. If I would have set any resolutions, I would have failed miserable. We woke up at around 1 PM, drank some coffee and went to bed for another few hours. After waking up again, we ordered pizza, which was delicious by the way. After watching some TV my girlfriend felt the deep inner need for ice cream, so we got in the car and went to Mc Donalds and got some nice Mc Flurry.

But why I am telling you this? You don’t need a new year to start a new timeline for yourself, you can reboot at any given time.

Restart any time

I am telling you this right now, because you probably will feel screwed up the next few days, because you didn’t eat healthy, smoked, didn’t hit the gym three times a week or else and think you wasted the new year. But don’t wait until 2019 and waste time over and over again.

Every day gives you the chance to make it your new start. Every day is a blank canvas.

2018 – Blank Canvas