I lost my grandmother, my Ammamma, this week. She was my last remaining grandparent.
Grief is strange. I haven’t been able to talk to anybody about how I feel. My voice can’t seem to carry the words that describe my sorrow. There’s too much to say and nothing to say. But somehow, I’m able to write this. And for some reason, this makes me feel better. So consider this essay my form of self-therapy.
It’s funny how little you think you remember someone until you start writing about them. Images of places, objects, and expressions float in and out of…
I’ve used Roam Research for over a year to capture ideas, memories, and book notes. Now, I also use Roam Research to remember.
Note-taking methods (like the Zettelkasten method) help you build a repository of ideas from the information you’ve consumed. But how do you remember the ideas you’ve generated and captured? How do you remember to remember these ideas?
Roam Research’s Δ feature provides an easy, scalable solution for remembering ideas you’ve stored in your graph.
This post describes how you can use Roam Research’s Δ feature to:
Syncing Kindle Highlights with Roam Research
This post builds off my post about Zettelkasten note-taking in Roam Research.
I’m a believer in the Zettelkasten note-taking method and have found that creating literary notes from what I read has helped me understand the content. But I have a confession to make: a lot of times, I don’t like taking notes while I read. I read in cabs, in elevators, while waiting in line, and while lying in bed. I love becoming absorbed with what I’m reading without being concerned about “learning.”
It took me a couple of weeks to adopt Roam Research as my primary note-taking tool. Roam was intuitive enough to get me interested, but once I learned how to create and use templates, I became hooked. I use templates in most of my current workflows: daily journaling, book and article metadata, and Zettlekasten notes.
Here is how I create and use templates in Roam Research.
There are existing resources on Roam’s basic functions, but here are the functions relevant to my template creation process.
Easily reference notes from another page by using the ‘(())’ shortcut.
Place two colons after…
I’ve recently become more deliberate about interacting with the content I read. I’ve consumed hundreds of books, but have never been able to accurately retain what I’ve learned from them. Thankfully, I read a book called How to Take Smart Notes, which presented a solution: the Zettelkasten note-taking method.
In this post, I share how I use the Zettelkasten Method in Roam Research to store notes and ideas from what I read.
As an interviewer, you want to use your one hour with a candidate to collect as much data as possible. You want to help the candidate feel comfortable so they feel well equipped to showcase their skills — not just in your session, but in future sessions.
But how do you help the candidate feel comfortable when it’s obvious that the interview is not going well?
Say “thank you,” and “I’m curious.”
You’re interviewing a candidate and they haven’t made progress on your question. You’ve given them several hints and they’ve nodded in acceptance. You wait for them to redirect…
I recently wrote a post about mental bandwidth, and its impact on our choices. In this post, I will describe time scarcity: a common cause of reduced mental bandwidth for managers. It’s the all-too-familiar problem of having too much work and not enough time.
If you’re operating under time constraints, you’re experiencing time scarcity. If you’re operating without enough food, you’re experiencing food scarcity.
Scarcity, by Sendhil Mullainathan, cites a study where subjects were given a task to push a button when they saw a red dot on a screen. …
While learning a new skill, I like reflecting on my growth in order to draw motivation from it. That’s what this post is — my first reflection.
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” — James Clear
After years of learning how to learn, I’ve found truth in James Clear’s quote. …
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A few years ago in the middle of a technical interview, I experienced a mental “blink”. I stared at the whiteboard but couldn’t think; it felt like my neurons were frozen in their tracks. Like a computer that couldn’t spare processor cycles to run an application, I couldn’t spare enough “mind,” to solve the problem.
Try multiplying two two-digit numbers in your head while playing basketball. Or try listening to a physics podcast while grocery shopping. You most likely can’t do both, not because you aren’t trying hard enough, but because you can’t.
The failure to…
A few years ago, I decided to be a better friend.
I don’t know whether it was my love for my friends or my fear of losing them that motivated me to pursue this goal. Whatever the reason, I knew that my actions did not reflect my values; I valued friendship, but I was accustomed to canceling last-minute, or “flaking,” on my friends.
Work stress, introversion, and the lack of palpable consequences for my absenteeism perpetuated my flakiness. It had become a bad habit.
To be a better friend, I set a new intention for myself. I was going to…