I age – this is obvious; but I also change my thinking, and this is not that obvious; I become better (I hope), or at least different; today, I’m not the person I was one year ago; I forget things, discover new things, have new patterns; this is why I blog – it helps me determine how am I thinking today and I can read this message 20 years from now; it’s a good exercise.
Google is great – it can help you get to information fast; unfortunately, since information is so readily available, we tend to think that we somehow own this information; if you read a scientific book in a field different than yours and have a look on the resources used, you’ll probably notice you haven’t read a huge majority of those books (since they’re on a subject you’re unfamiliar with); yet a lot of the information in those books is available to you (for free, on the Internet, or with only a small money investment, via books); come to think of it, we only know a small percentage of the world’s information; the past is a big unknown, we only have small glimpses of it.
On the other hand, there are a lot of private toilets in bars / restaurants, ready to be used.
Again, on the other hand, you can’t go and use a private toilet in a bar without either feeling guilty for using the property and not paying or without paying for something in the bar.
- At a conference, you can be late and not miss too much from a speaker’s notes; if you get to the last part only, you can pretty much get the idea of how the speaker is, and if you’re only late for 10 minutes, at the beginning, you won’t miss much;
- At a meeting, a lot of times, the first 20 minutes is warming-up; you can skip it; even though a lot of meetings are a waste of time, you can decrease your own loss;
When not to be late? When other people depend on your presence there – one-to-one meeting, for example.
Also, whenever possible, leave early; change the scenery; fast.