Taking Stock #

You would be forgiven for thinking that I had given up on writing anything.

Far from it, I’m busier than ever, but as a consequence find little time for writing here. In the UK we are in the midst of the second Covid lockdown, and yesterday over 33,000 daily cases were reported - the highest to date. Prospects for lockdown lifting on the 2nd of December look slim, and if this government goes ahead anyway, it must surely be at the price of a further resurgence of the virus.

I still enjoy working from home every day, but I find I have to keep reminding myself to set boundaries around the working time and not allow the work to entirely take over my life. There’s a lot to do, and like many who are fortunate enough to still have a job, it’s busier than ever.

My work has always been a mixture of strategic thinking with senior colleagues and then hands-on creation of systems with a small team, part of the benefit of working in a small company. The circumstances of the last 8 months have merely increased that dichotomy - the strategic decisions have become more significant as we adapt, and the amount of technical change has grown.

I miss foreign travel - this morning my wife and I were talking about how long it seems since we were in a place where no-one else spoke in English as a first language, and where the food was different. Even when Covid is under control, travel will be different thanks to the almost inevitable no-deal end to Brexit transition in 49 days. And it’s 4 more years until another election.

When I have been writing it’s been more in my notes. I’ve been slowly making some changes that I really should write up in this site:

  • starting a move to file-based notes stored locally and selectively published on the web (continuing the trend I started when I moved this blog from WordPress to Hugo)
  • migrating my federated wiki content into that notes system
  • experimenting with bringing my work-day notes into a text-based system too: to reduce the friction inherent in swapping between a OneNote approach and markdown
  • the continual struggle to focus on core PKM disicplines when “just learning enough for the immediate challenge” is my perennial Achilles’ Heel.

So there’s a few hints for posts to come.

To end this, I took some inspiration to break the silence from Matt Webb’s 15 rules for blogging.

Julian Elve
Proactive application of technology to business

My interests include technology, personal knowledge management, social change