Group learning

Whilst sitting around this lazy Sunday morning I came across this TEDtalk which I found pretty illuminating. Funny how you can see something everyday but not be aware of what it’s purpose is.

I know this is a bit dated and old news to many but new to me and I find the crowd sourcing model very interesting and the fact that in this case it is being used for the benefit of the many.

My name is Ted and I procrastinate…..

Tedtalks, Tedx, ted.com or what ever it is now. Over the years I have dipped into Ted most likely from links sent from friends or colleagues but its not something I have gone back to or spent much time on. In an email from a friend yesterday I was pointed to a talk by Tim Urban that resonated with me so much. As one of those people that leave/left it until the last minute to do and achieve things I can completely identify with the talk and I always said I worked best under pressure and that I had to have a deadline to get things done. Now that I have had time to stop and think about these things I am trying to move away from the just in time mentality. Funnily enough I hate to be late and would much rather arrive 30 minutes early that be a minute late, not really in line with the procrastinator principles I guess.

In this world of “constantly on”, goals, targets for work, career, life etc etc and just about everything in between it is important to take time to at the things we do it’s just not getting caught up in the looking and not making progress some progress any progress, which I have suffered from in the past but not anymore ah ha.

Now that I have disappeared down the rabbit hole there’s a world of talks worth taking a look at some more whackier than others but interesting none the less. Now where did the day go..

Tiny living

One of the ideas behind setting up my blog was to look at ways of living once I finally move on from here and my relatively new found world of tiny houses and tiny living. One of the most profound effects on my thinking was seeing a TEDtalk on youtube that changed my whole perspective on things and came at a time where I had just sold my conventional house. Due to lifes up and downs I had purchased the house back in 2001 and lived in it for all of probably about three years over the next 14. Of these three years the house was treated almost like a hotel apart form the fact I filled it with junk that I didn’t need or was given. Amazingly when I got the house people offered me all sorts of items that not until some time later I realised that they were offloading their junk to make space for more ‘new’ stuff to fill their houses. I was not happy there and soon moved away to rented accommodation with work and although I was paying rent on living elsewhere I was still paying the mortgage. Yes I know it was stupid and all the rest of it, with hindsight etc etc etc.. but it taught me one useful lesson and thats to be somewhere where you want to be. I guess I just didn’t see that and due to the downward spiral that must of started at around the same time I just wasn’t aware of it and the choices I was making. But looking around the internet and delving more and more into the world of tiny living realised that this was a way of life I want to lead, not just down to the financial reasons but also the desire not to perpetuate a consumerist way of life.

Step forward fourteen years and I am now in a position where I can decide my own destiny finances allowing to move on to a sustainable life. Some of the worries and concerns that I will have a comfortable old age come from the fact that I will have little or no income apart from a very meagre pension so I have a limited time to either increase income or increase capital savings. The later is obviously the better path and one I intend to take as the idea of going back to the rat race is not one that fills me with joy.

With age comes wisdom so they say and that is something I have learnt rather later in life more to my detriment, however theres no time like the present and on good days I have been planning my future, today is a good day!