The 80/20 principle and a stubborn mindset

After the initial period of militant Paleo advocacy which it seems many people go through when they get excited and fired up about adopting a new lifestyle I settled into a more laid-back 80/20 mindset. I’m comfortable and easy on myself if I choose to eat something which is not Paleo approved on an occasional basis. I don’t start to sweat if I miss a work out (see what I did there?). Despite this, one of the things which I am still strict about is not allowing a slip to go on for more than one meal or one day. The next day I’m absolutely stubborn about ensuring that I eat strictly according to Paleo principles or do some form of exercise.

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The invisible cage of the working week

I’m a shift worker. I’ve been a shift worker for over 7 years now. My shifts are either 06:00 to 14:30, 14:00 to 22:30 or 22:00 until 06:30, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I work a pattern of 6 days on, 4 days off, doing two early shifts, two late shifts and two night shifts. As a result weekends, bank holidays etc. are effectively meaningless for me. It’s either a working day, or it’s not. This has given me a different perspective on “office hours”. Office hours of roughly 9 – 5, 5 days on, 2 days off seem incredibly restrictive to me. A real throwback to the industrial revolution.

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Has the mobile phone adversely impacted social interaction?

I recently finished reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and while reading it a question sprung into my mind. Has the advent of the mobile phone actually adversely impacted on  overall social interaction? Reading the book was a general reminder of how much things have changed in many ways in the intervening 65 or so years since it was written but I really noticed how much more people from that era were required to interact face to face. As someone who has lived his entire adult life with a mobile phone it’s hard to remember what it was like B.P. (Before Phones).

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