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News the minimalistic way - RSS is still alive and helps me to focus

Like two or three weeks ago, I was a little bored and thought about installing something new on my server again. Yes, I really like installing “things” (it’s actually just adding some Docker containers to my configuration — what nerds do) on my 5€ virtual private server, especially when those things improve my life in some way. I installed Miniflux and using it really opened my eyes about the way I consume news.

I'm melting...

So, here I am again. Back with no creativity, no ideas and no plan. I (including my brain) am melting due to the heat and the stress of the last weeks of studying somehow erased my brain. I have absolutely no idea what to write about, so I write about that and about what’s up in my life. It’s currently very hot in my hometown. 30° Celsius and I have to wear long trousers in the office.

Getting rid of it - The start of my minimalism project

Lately I got deep into the topic “minimalism”. I read a lot of online articles, started to read a book, watched some YouTube videos and even the Minimalism Documentary. I want to become a minimalist, get rid of most things I own and live a more meaningful life, which isn’t defined by my consumption. But hell, that isn’t easy. A few points about how I understand minimalism and what it means to me:

Distractions And How I Try To Avoid Them

Today I had no university. But that didn’t mean I had nothing to do. I had a lot to do. I had to learn so much for my exams next week! But today I also noticed how hard it is to ignore distractions. Distractions are everywhere. A few examples: I want to write a simple mail to someone at the company, but I find another mail… I want to do some online exercises but while typing the URL into the address bar, my eye catches something in the auto completion list… A notification appears on my phone and instead of turning it off, I keep using it and eventually end up watching YouTube videos instead of learning.

When Unexpected Things Jumble Your Plans

Yesterday, I tried updating my server. How stupid was I, thinking everything will work without problems. It didn’t work. That stole me two hours of sleep and around 1 hour of time I could have used for more important things. And there are a lot of important things. I finally finished making my websites GDPR compliant (at least I hope that’s the case now), then there’s a lot of learning to do (exams are in less than two weeks) and also another project for university where it now happened, that my team mates weren’t reliable and there’s a lot of extra work now.