Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome | Video on TED.com
I've been plugging away writing code this morning and finally finished a milestone. Hungry, and no food in the kitchen (desperately need to go to HEB
), I took a short drive over to the Bouldin Creek Cafe
for a delicious summer sammich. It was the perfect break, really.
Lately, I haven't been spending enough time taking breaks and giving my brain a chance to recharge - so I brought my book and some blank sheets of paper. While I waited for my sammich, I jotted down my to-do list, ordered each item and estimated how many hours it would take to complete what I was working on. I came up with 24 hours of "serious" work, which means no distractions like Facebook or TV. In actuality, based on my experience over these last six months, 24 hours of "serious work," usually means 96 hours of sitting in front of a computer.
Before I was to get started on my 24-hour programming marathon, I checked out TED.com and watched this incredibly touching video by Neil Pasricha, author of 1000 Awesome Things blog
. In his discussion, pay close attention to his last last point: 100 years.
As for me, I feel fortunate to be a part of of a cause. And I plan to enjoy it. Whatever it takes to get through my to-do list, whether it's 24 or 96 hours, hearing great speeches, learning new things, eating summer sammiches in January and thinking about the faces of the people we just might be able to help is a rewarding way to spend a small part of that 100 years. That's my awesome thing today.