Idle thoughts on approaching life (5 S’s)

At any moment in time I should be doing one or more of 5 things that starts with S. The trick is figuring out which and doing it consistently.

Split: If a problem can’t be solved, or seems hard it is because Ii isn’t understood properly. Split it up into chunks, until there is one that looks less scary or fits the time space and energy available.

Store: Have a system simple enough to keep track of what needs to be solved, lessons learnt, and most importantly lets stuff be parked reliably at any time that it can’t be solved right now. Get the focus to where it is needed at that moment.

Solve: Always have something to hand to be working on, or thinking about. Have clear dreams and goals to refer to when stuck for what need to do next. Be willing to ‘Store’ to be able to focus on that thing.

The clearer it is and the less distraction the easier it is to find an answer. When  can’t put distractions aside it is because this is the wrong time, something else needs the focus right now – so Store,  or trying to avoid something scary because it hasn’t been split enough – so Split. Figure out which and do it.

Share: There is nothing wrong with asking for help and advise, share successes and lessons learnt, triumphs and failures. It helps understand them better and it may help someone else. Work hard at listening and understanding before trying to explain anything.

Smile: People before things and positive before grumpy. Getting frustrated with what is going on seldom helps. Enjoy the moment. Help others to smile. Find the best in other people and every situation.


East Lothian dad. Likes bad jokes and comic songs. Mostly tired, tries to stay cheerful. Thinks space is awesome. Would like to write more code and better docs.

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