Creating momentum – with rest

As you can see in the picture I almost reached my goal this week of getting up in the morning of every workday before 7 am, which I defined in my last post. The one failure I had this week even happened on the first day, where I got up at 7 but could not help myself from snoozing for 15 more minutes. At that point I could have ended my little endeavor since I already failed my goal. And in the past I would have done this more often than being persistent like this week. Usually I would have snoozed until 8 or even later, since I already slept too long. And what are a few minutes more? I have to say that through posting my goal for this week in my last post I tried to keep the failure to a minimum and make it better in the coming days.

Having to write the time in big numbers on a whiteboard had an impact on my commitment, too. Much more then the times I typed this numbers into my smart-phone where only I could see them and easily hide from the typed-in times, by not opening the app where I put them. By writing the times on a whiteboard I could not escape from seeing them. Moreover, the task of having to write these numbers by hand gave me more motivation of getting up and avoiding the “painful” task of writing a bad number then I would have had if I tracked the time passively with a wrist fitness tracker or smart-phone app. So if you want to make a change like breaking the habit of sleeping in, I think it is worth a try keeping track of your results by your own handwriting. At least for me it worked well and better than the times I tried out different methods.

Okay, I got up earlier in the morning this week, but this is only half the battle. One some days I was quite tired the whole day, because I got into bed too late. Therefore I will extend my method of the previous week to also track the time I go to sleep. My aim will be to rest my brain for at least seven hours on workdays and give it some more rest on the weekend. From personnel experience, I know that seven hours are still not enough for me, but in the past it often has been around six or six and a half hours. And once again I try to maintain the strategy of taking smaller steps instead of directly aim for an optimal eight or seven and a half.

I believe that the optimal amount of sleep differs from person to person, but I always have a hard time believing people who say they need only five to six hours daily. Are they really well rested or did they forget how that feels like? Because there have been some time periods where I also had forgotten that feeling of well rest. Recently I had the luxury of experiencing it more often. And now I want to work towards having it daily. It is possible for me to get through the week with only six hours of sleep per day and you can easily make up for it on the weekend with one good eight or nine hour sleep. But on Thursdays and Fridays I don’t feel so great in this kinds of weeks. After watching this TED talk about our brain activity during sleep, I automatically imagine to walk around with a lot of garbage in my head that did not get cleared out during my sleep.

When you watch the linked talk you will probably get more suggestions of talks about how you can be more successful by simply sleeping more. There are also a lot of sleep deprivation studies out there like this one, which concludes that being sleep deprived with six or less hours a day for 14 consecutive days is as bad as staying up for two days straight. But no matter what motivation you need to take enough rest, in the end it is all about how you feel with the rest you get and I feel too damn tired during the day with only six hours of rest. So this week is about extending my last week’s endeavor and creating more momentum in changing my habits by simply resting more.

Taking Action

It has been again a long time since my last post, which I wrote almost three quarters of a year ago. I promised to write about the things I would learn in life. In these past month I read many books and articles and listened to audio books on my bicycle commute to work, but I never got to share anything of it. With all this input, I had many ideas and while I read and listened to all the wise words, a lot of things made perfect sense. I had many moments where I thought to myself: “Wow this is great! I should implement that in my life and adopt this method immediately.” But…I never made solid plan for any of this.  In the next couple of days I would read about another idea and forget about the first one. I noticed that this was going on a while ago, but then last week something happened.

Someone wrote me an e-mail and asked me about my blog and about what I promised to write about. Someone held me accountable for what I said. And in fact, I did not ever deliver any work. Now I got pushed into the right direction, challenged to once more bring up this blog and start writing. At the moment I believe that being held accountable for the things you say is one of the strongest engines to get something done (let’s consider me writing these sentences already as proof of that).  And I believe it is more powerful if that statement comes from someone who is not from your family or closest friends. At least for me the last part is true. Somehow I feel a stronger commitment in this case and I think it is because of the same reason why it is sometimes so easy to postpone a meeting with a close one (“they will surely understand my reasons”) than with someone you don’t know too well yet (“if I cancel now, they will think I am lazy/unreliable” – which I probably was over the last couple of months). So I had one week to come up with something to write about and I thought about many topics, which made it hard for me to find anything concrete. So what should my actual topic for this come-back-article be?

I chose “Taking Action”, because starting from now I plan on implementing weekly experiments on taking action. It is somewhat inspired by this TED talk (try something new for 30 days) by Matt Cutts, which I watched years ago. But I choose a much shorter time frame of 7 days, since 30 sound like a huge commitment to me at the moment. Following the mantra of “taking small steps”. The experiment for this week will be to write the time I wake up on a whiteboard that is standing in the living room. This is quite easy to do, but it is still my (last) hope that this has a big impact on something I have recently been struggling with – getting up in the morning, as many people do. I want to get up earlier to simply have more time during the day, since I can leave work much earlier and still have time for other things. Why do I choose to write it on a whiteboard? I will be more accountable, since other people will see it as well as me. And while I see it all the time, I will feel quite bad if there is a big 9 am instead of a 6 or 7 am. In order to avoid this feeling, I might be more motivated to get my legs to the ground on the next morning. My aim will be to not have a single day after 7 am during the workdays. I will let you know in my post next week of how it went.

What Revolution Will You Lead?

This is exciting, my last post to complete the Blog Challenge. The writing prompt is again a big question, so let’s think big and ahead of the tiny small steps I mentioned in my previous post. To put it bluntly, the revolution I want to see happening is that people use their brains more often and are conscious of their decisions (especially me).

In today’s world it is quite tempting to often avoid thinking. We have so many options to keep us occupied, let it be the TV, our smartphone or the radio. After a long workday there is of course nothing wrong with wanting to relax a little and let your mind be taken to another place. But we should be aware for example, that during our sessions of YouTube-Browsing or just watching whatever is currently on our TV-channel, advertisements tell us subconsciously which products to buy. Moreover, the TV-channel’s editor tell you what to watch in the first place. In general, there are probably many people who will gladly do all the thinking for us (i.e. deciding for us), but not always in our best interest. Be it advertisers who want us to buy unnecessary products or owners of gambling halls etc.

As I see it, the best way to fight back against manipulation, is to eliminate the pray. Like when we cut our plants and trees to get rid of bugs and pests. As long as the stupidest but manipulative advertising slogans increase sales, we will continuously get more of these. It seems that short slogans in huge letters increase sales a lot more than an ad that is actually informative. But that is only my perception, I did not have the time to check the numbers yet. Another problem is, that it is not so easy to escape from advertisement, since it is everywhere. In general, advertising our products is a necessity. We have to make our products known to the world in order to get any profit out of it or share the benefit of our products. What pains me is, that advertising becomes less and less informative but rather focuses on appealing to our primitive senses. So instead of contributing to our decision making, advertisement often makes it even harder to arrive at an objective decision or just makes us buy things we would never have thought of buying on our own.

The best protection I can come up with for now, is to be aware of what we consume on the radio, TV and the internet and eliminate as much advertisement as possible. There is a plugin called Adblock that you can install in your browser to eliminate most ads from your browsing experience. When I am driving in the car I started to listen to my music instead of the radio, since there is a 5 minute ad block every half hour or so. Speaking of revolution, I would like to see that our interactions in this world happen more honestly. Unfortunately I fear that it is going the other way at the moment, where the internet is used to strategically place misinformation and spread rumors. Which brings me to politics…

From my perception, we focus to much on individuals when it comes to politics. Moreover on what the individuals say rather than their actions and plans to solve our society’s problems. To be honest, I am far away from grasping the implications their decisions have (and I guess often enough, the people making the decisions feel the same way). The problem is, that our focus (the voter’s focus) also determines the focus of the politicians, since they want to stay in office of course. So as long as we do not understand the decisions they make and only focus on how they are doing in front of the camera, that is exactly what they also will focus on, too. Therefore I wish to give them a harder time by trying to understand how everything works and maybe spread the word about ideas and concepts that I learn. And now I will pad myself on the shoulder for finally completing this Blog Challenge and hopefully get back to you soon.

What difference do you want to make?

Okay, I lost it again. At the end of march I was able to complete two posts of the blog challenge on consecutive days. That was great! I felt pretty good about it. But somehow I lost track of the writing habit and did not get back on it and finish the challenge – until now (fingers crossed). Of course, it would have been much cooler, if I had finished this blog challenge in one week – the time-span it was designed for. But getting back at something that is important to you after having failed over and over to finish it also deserves some credit in my eyes. (As long as you don’t fail on purpose to give yourself some more credit, which I suspect I might be doing sometimes.)

Before writing the actual post and answer the writing prompt question, I asked myself what stopped me again from keeping this writing thing going? Since I write a short journal entry every day I was actually able to do that. How cool is that? A little journaling usually does not take too much time or effort but can have big payoffs like in my situation now. On the days in question I took some vacation days for about two weeks and just relaxed, enjoying some time with friends and family. No problem there, since we must take some time off now and then. But after the two weeks I did not get back to writing and the main reasons I identified were too much stress at work and lack of willpower, motivation and sleep. Ironically, as I am writing this, I think that all of these problems are more or less resolved for now. I did not stress out too much about open problems at work recently, got my motivation back by encouraging comments I received from friends and family who read my posts and I took good care that I got my necessary hours of sleep. As at least some willpower comes back automatically when you are well rested, I was able to sit myself down with my laptop and get to write.

So let’s get to the actual question: What difference do I want to make? Again, that is a tough one for me. When I was young and naive I dreamed about being a world changer, solving problems for humankind like hunger, war conflicts or the extreme capitalism. Now, I might be still young and naive, but at least a bit little wiser, I think that I should bake smaller buns first. (This site phrasen.com tells me the equivalent english saying is “to eat humble pie”.) What that means is, that I should focus on things I can influence and take tiny small steps to improve myself and maybe also my environment. Then my goal will be to share my experiences here.

For now I want to get back to experiment with new ideas I read about and most importantly analyze the way these ideas seem to work and state my case about that matter on this blog. This is the main reason I started it in the first place. In essence, the difference I want to make (refraining from using my usual diplomatic “I would like to make” here) is to get people to think more about their actions and about all kinds of things that they deem worth thinking about. The things I deem worth thinking about and the ideas I consider “worth spreading” I want to post here. (You might also get a few TED Talk links.). I hope you will also share your ideas somewhere, if just when talking with other people, and not hold them to yourself, since diversity can sometimes make all the difference.

What’s your elevator pitch?

When I read this writing prompt I had to ask myself “What actually is an elevator pitch?”. Never heard that one before, but the subtext of the Blog Challenge already told that I was supposed to write about what excites me. Luckily there is also Wikipedia, which has a site entry for the so called “Elevator Pitch“. It seems to be basically about the idea of meeting one of the big fishes by chance on the elevator and having the time of one elevator ride to convince them of your ideas or at least get them interested enough to continue the conversation after existing the elevator or even later on. Okay enough putting the actual question off. So what do I get excited about?

One thing that never failed to get me excited is finally understanding something that before seemed completely incomprehensible and complex. As a math student, something being incomprehensible and complex happened a lot to me. There were lectures I never really got into, because I failed to put enough effort in from the start and already was lost after the first few sessions. The complexity of the courses seemed just insurmountable. The weekly due exercises were copied from some genius classmates or someone who found the solution on the internet. More often than not, finding the solution was in fact the task of actually finding it – handed to you for copying. But there were also the lectures where I did not get left behind in the beginning and was actually able to solve many of the problems with my study group. There we sometimes ended up being the genius students that everybody would copy from. That felt great! In these lectures, no problem could stop us. Why? First, because it was fun solving things and therefore we took the time discussing the problems and actually tried solving them BEFORE looking for a solution elsewhere. In the end in most semesters it was about one or two lectures of the first kind I described and one or two of the later.

The lesson which I see in hindsight for myself is that you don’t have to be a genius in order to be perceived as a genius from others. Overcoming complexities and complicated things sometimes only depends on learning about it in little digestible chunks for the brain. Sometimes bottom up from the elementary. Of course this can take a huge amount of time and can often depend on getting the right material, but in the long run I believe we can overcome any mental barriers we thought impossible to breach. Doing so does feel awesome and I wish to continue getting high on that feeling here at this blog. This feeling of finally seeing some clarity, when things start to make sense. And I think there is a ton of problems in all areas out there to get syked up about.

Okay, if I told you all this in an elevator ride, it probably had to be a long one, possibly at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai with well more than a hundred floors. But I still hope you got a sense of what I am getting at here. I want to chase this excitement about understanding how something works once more. I hope this blog gives me the motivation and energy to pull it off, because standing in front of an unbreachable barrier can be quite a turn off. And in the recent past, I got intimidated way to much by the mountains of things I don’t know. Of course we will never be able to climb on top of all mountains in the world, but we can definitely climb one – step by step.

What’s one thing you are proud of?

After having caught the flu and fallen into a rut for a week, it is time for me to get this writing thing going again with today’s writing prompt of the Blog Challenge. So, one thing I am proud of? Starting this blog! No matter where it takes me or even when I later look back and shake my head about my silly ideas and articles I wrote, I am proud of one thing. Having done it! Hell, if people ask me “So, what do you do?” I can now answer that I am a writer (maybe with my best Nick Miller imitation). How cool is that? But that is not the thing that matters actually.

The thing that matters was that I overcame all my fears of doing it. The fears of putting something of myself out there, for literally anyone to read and anyone to judge (if by chance they found their way to my blog). Especially the latter, the fear of judgement, still drives me insane sometimes. But on the other hand this lets me to be proud of every single post I put up here, since I still have to overcome this fears and second guessing. No matter how silly it sounds, just writing these few words make me smile again in astonishment that I am really doing this. Me, who usually keeps his thoughts to himself.

Another beautiful thing about this will hopefully be that it is a long process to be proud of. In fact I think I too often neglect the process behind the things I do. Like when we collect some skills over the years and in hindsight everything does not look so hard anymore and not worth mentioning. For me, I had big troubles being proud of my bachelor and master’s thesis. I kept thinking, “Boy, have you been blind? Why didn’t you get this done sooner?” etc. At the end of a process of becoming familiar with a particular topic anyone could easily say that to himself and thereby neglecting the process one went through. Here, my posts will always show my process and I am determined to be proud of every single one. Not because they are any good, but because I published them without being perfect and try to grow in the process.

As for the Sherlock Holmes reference, I think he is most proud about being the self-claimed (at least in some Holmes’ stories, don’t know about the originals) world’s best detective. But he also seems to be aware of the process that made him as skillful as he is, since he keeps this process ongoing by setting up various exercises for himself in his free time to sharpen his skills.

What do people thank you for?

Today’s writing prompt “What do people thank you for?” is not an easy one for me. I might have problems to accept people’s gratitude at times, which goes along with replies like “No worries”, “Oh it was nothing” etc. Instead of saying that I was happy to help and actually did put some effort into it. Maybe it has something to do with my own problems to accept extraordinary help of others. There is this compulsion to always keep a clean slate with other people. When you received help, give at least the same amount back.

While in general this rule is honorable, a strict appliance could possibly lead to social problems. Think about it, not everyone can give more than they are receiving. If there are people who actually give more, there have to be also people who receive more help than they can give at the given time. Should they feel bad about themselves that they have to rely on their friends help for some time? Should they turn down any help in the first place in order to not defy the rule of giving more than we take. I believe the answer to both question should be a definite NO. But too often I find myself turning down help in order to not feel uncomfortable about the imbalance on the help-sheet with a friend or colleague. Lately, I am trying to monitor these situation and except help more willingly and maybe make the other person feel good about being able to help. The easiest measure is probably given when lending people money. I often forget about lending money to people, but if I owe someone, it comes to mind all the time. Sounds familiar? We want to keep a positive balance! Of course, for example always accepting free drinks but never throw a round yourself is not very nice. But I believe that sometimes we would not be worse of, if we stopped worrying about balances and started helping each others out without social pressures.

So what do people actually thank me for? As with the money I lend to people, I also tend to see my own giving as less important than my taking. But I think people most often thank me for simple deeds, holding up the elevator, stuff like that. I guess these situations happen most often and is also very easy to accept this help. Apart from that, I like explaining things and think that people appreciate me taking the time to listen to their problems and trying to solve them by making them my own. I hate to be forced to say things like “Oh sorry, I do not know anything about that”. Thinking about the problem and offering advice is way more fun. But at least sometimes people would be better off seeking someone who can be really helpful than wasting time listening to what I work out in my head. A good solution could be to tell people upfront that you have no idea but would be happy to figure it out together. More often than not we don’t have to be experts to be of actual help, like Watson becomes essential for Sherlock Holmes for solving the crimes without him being an expert about the detective work.

What makes me angry about this world?

Okay, time to deliver! I guess there are  many things these days that could get your blood boiled, but lately what bothered me most lately was laziness, mostly my own. I am bringing this up here, because I think that a lot of times the environments we live in, support laziness over action. We align the furniture in our living room with respect to the TV, so we end up on the couch quite often. And what is on air these days, is sometimes far beyond educational. Shows like ‘I am a celebrity … get me out of here’, which is still in production here in Germany after many years, and other random game shows are also an the rise on the traditional channel, which usually are considered to be more educational. Of course, after a long working day it is nice to let your mind relax for some time and just be taking elsewhere, wherever the screen takes you. But does it have to be a jungle where people eat disgusting food and do more disgusting things in order to get some extra food? If that is still the concept. And yes I have to admit that I also have seen an episode or so in the first year. There might be the many reasons to watch these kind of shows, but I cannot make out any good ones. Sometimes picking up a book is a better choice, but more often than not, turning on the TV with the remote is easier done than getting up and fetching your book.

But it is not only our living room, the are escalators everywhere, even at the stairs that lead to the fitness center. If there is a choice between escalator and stairs what do you pick? For most people the escalator is the default choice to take. Of course, there should always be an elevator for people who otherwise could not reach the platform at the train station etc, but many most of the time the escalators take up unnecessary energy and rob many people of a little workout, that they later have to pay for in the fitness center. I know it might be a small thing, but this kind of unnecessary waste of resources just bugs me.

Our kitchens are sometimes also filled with things we not really need, like an egg boiler. A simple pot with water and a timer does the job just fine in almost the same time. If we have to search first for the egg boiler through all the other kitchenware we might as well be even faster with the good old method. And both the pot and the timer can actually be reused for many other purposes. Being against capitalism probably is not very sexy, but we overproduce so much and so many unnecessary things, while at the some time failing to distribute our resources around the whole world. But who does not know that already? … And we are still always looking for the cheapest price, that does not necessarily comes from appropriate wages for the people who produced it. Writing about topics like poverty and the unbalances of the world is probably not easy and a bit worn out maybe, but I still want to give this some thought in the feature and remind myself that there is always a choice between products. Sherlock Holmes says in A Case of Identity: 

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

I believe the same holds true for our daily choices. How do we design our environment? Do we rob ourselves of even the littlest exercises during the day by avoiding the stairs? And do we actually care where our products come from? I think these choices make out a big share of who we are and when I think a bit back I am not always proud of my little choices. But everyday I take the stairs with a little smile on my face, knowing that we still have choices. And we have to start somewhere right? No matter how small, it’s the little things that are most important.

Writing a Blog – My starting struggles

It was been a week now since my first initial two posts. Since I set out to post something every second day or so, I now feel a lot like having failed to deliver. So I thought the best way to solve my problem of not being able to post something, is to write about why I was not able to do so. This will hopefully give me further insights on the problem itself, but on the some time solve it, because at the end of it I will finally have another post. Looks like a good solution to me, so let’s start.

When one of the very few people, that I told about this blog already, asked me where my next post was I replied with excuses, that my week was too stressful with my day job and I just did not have the time to write. Well, the first one is true, I worked my ass off for a project which needed to have a first presentable solution this week. But the latter? Maybe not so much. In hindsight I would say that I just did not prioritize my writing enough and that the job was always way more important. It is only too easy for me to fall into old habits and do lots of overtime to make things work. The problem is, when I do not make it work, then I can not stop thinking about it and have trouble sleeping because I am unable to stop the thought-carousal going on in my mind. But maybe it would have been better if I took my mind off the problem for a while by focusing on this blog for a few hours. Or even just 10 – 20 minutes, which is all it takes to write about 100 words for a daily post right? And I definitely took these 10 – 20 minutes for other “very important things” too, so why was I unable to do it for this blog?

I guess the hardest obstacle was, that I had already failed the first two days, where something came up in the evening, like a visit from my brother. That of course was indeed an important thing and I am happy to having had spend time with him. But this shows the first problem: Something always comes up! So I would say we have two choices: First, prioritize brutally, so I would say to my brother I would not have time for him or, what I would prefer, do my writing at a time where the upcoming of things is most unlikely – in the morning. So here I am writing, just after waking up.

But this is possibly also just half of the truth. Apart being stressed out I think the next big problem was judgement, since I told the first few people about this blog. And I am still a little uncomfortable to put sensitive thoughts of myself out there even though after doing it the first time it felt great, even invincible. Earlier I already told you about the “Start a Blog Challenge” at Live Your Legend. I got this amazing content daily in my inbox, which I am very thankful for. Every day you get a little writing prompt with in some degree personal questions, which I was not able to answer straight away, since I am usually someone who things back and forth about a topic until stating my opinion. Moreover, with the setup up of this blog and the Sherlock Holmes theme I chose, I felt like I already had to break down everything to single detail from the start. This let me freeze a little and to a pile of writing prompts in my inbox, leaving me unable to pick the first one. So here is how I want to tackle this problem: Remind myself of being a beginner and focus on what my aim is here – to begin – and not on being a hell of a writer. Therefore I hereby challenge myself for the next week to repeat the Blog Challenge and pretend like I am getting these mails for the first time (actually got them twice already by now).

Okay, after hitting this publish button, I will really be committed to this one, which already feels quite exciting again. I have never stopped thinking about this blog, sometimes with thoughts of giving up and discard it as a stupid idea, but also sometimes with ideas bubbling up everywhere. Writing daily about the writing prompts of the blog challenge will hopefully put me in the writing habit I need and at the same time cure me to some extend of my fear of judgement and not being perfect. So I hereby claim my right as a beginner to not think about results and stop my terrible strive for perfectionism. Last but not least I want to give a big thanks again to the guys at Live Your Legend, who give this amazing content out for free and hope that now there is no way for me to chicken out next week and finally getting started for real.

Why I called this thesherlockblog.com

This will be another post to get me accustomed to writing or writing something that other people would be able to read. I want to explain a little why I chose this name for the Blog and a little more what I am trying to do here. First of all I initially meant to name this Blog simply “sherlockblog.com”, but this domain was already taken by some company I think which makes money by blocking domain names and then selling it off without ever doing anything with it. The “sherlockblog.com” domain is for sale for 2.695 $ at the time of writing, which seems a little bit over my budget. So that’s the reason I put up a “the” before the name. Gladly that company did not think about taking this one too.

But why associate my Blog with one of the greatest fictional detectives who ever was imagined. It sounds a bit presumptuous and bold when I think of it that way, but we will see if I will be able to apply some of his methods here. You never know until you try right? But first, lets talk about my “relationship” with Sherlock.

To be honest I was never a big fan of Sherlock Holmes until recently. I have never read any of the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and only have watched a few Holmes movies. He always seemed to be some super smart superhero like any other with special abilities to solve crimes. But then I read the book “Mastermind” by Maria Konnikova. It’s about “How to think like Sherlock Holmes” and this turned me into a huge fan of the detective. In the book the detective’s methods are analysed in detail with a lot of psychological background from today and many references to the original Sherlock Holmes stories. The author excerpts the paragraphs where Holmes teaches Watson, or us, the reader, his methods. I am planning to write a full book review on this one. Actually I have been planning on doing that since January, the time I finished the book. Now I started to read the originals, always on the lookout for any insights the great Sherlock Holmes is willing to share with Watson. That in itself makes the read kind of like a little detective game which I take much pleasure in. I also started to watch a series called “Elementary” with Sherlock Holmes in today’s time and Dr. Watson being a woman. I can only recommend everything from the above to anyone who comes across reading this.

Now that we have covered how I got to be obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, back to my Blog. The idea naming my Blog after him came only last Thursday, so about four days ago. Because it made much sense to me, this is maybe why I finally managed to put it up. I had a lot of ideas before like making the blog about methods from my field software engineering applied to real life, but then I struggled again with coming up with an awesome name and the fear of actually not being able to constantly write about such particular topic. So the idea of the Sherlock Blog came to me on this Thursday, after a rough work day, where I had not accomplished what I wanted to. And the main reason was that I lacked enough experience and background information on the task that I was assigned to. I ended up asking myself what Sherlock Holmes would do or would have done even before being assigned to a difficult task. He would definitely have done a huge amount of leg work, maybe pulling all-nighters and reading on every source about the topic that he could get it hands on until he would have understood the nature of the problem. Of course this is probably not a healthy lifestyle with way to much sleep deprivation, but doing some research on the background of the problem in order to understand it better sounds pretty legit. Instead I was trying to solve it with what I already knew (which was not enough in this case) and tried guessing solutions, hoping that they would work, so I could move on to the next task. In my field, this is often called “programming by coincidence”.

At the end of the day I was very unhappy with my way of tackling this problem and solemnly vowed to myself to change this in the future. This mixed with the ever existing desire to start a blog somehow made it pretty obvious of what I had to do now. Start a blog associated with Sherlock Holmes, dissect my problems or things that interest me to little pieces and state it to other people. Like my favorite  Holmes quote says “Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person”. Other aspects that I like about choosing this name is that it gives me a theme or voice to talk through, like Maria Konnikova often does in her book with letting Holmes or Watson speak and the fact that this does not bind me to any topics, so that I can write about really almost everything that comes to my mind. As Holmes often investigated in many fields which seem not very close related with solving crimes at first sight, but in the end give him the crucial edge over his fellow detectives. For me it will not be about solving crimes, but solving my life’s problems and I am willing to investigate in anything that sounds promising to be useful some day.