Polymathic Productivity: Having a Multidimensional Life As An Entrepreneur



I’ve achieved yet another small but meaningful milestone of my residual self-image. I’ve decided to reward myself with a violin.

The violin was the first instrument I ever learned as a kid. It was too expensive for my poor family to keep for long, so we rented it. When we couldn’t make payments, we had to return it.

Then, later, I taught myself guitar and how to make sounds out of different random instruments. You can check YouTube for one of the songs I published, using random household objects. I sang in (not so good) Japanese, covering a song by Susumu Hirasawa.

For me, attaining my residual self-image is a form of returning to my inner child. Though, I’m completely aware that I’m an adult. That’s why it’s based on imagination.

A podcast I made about my “residual self-image”

I thought to buy myself a violin today because I wanted to keep busy while taking breaks during work. A secret to my style of productivity is not multitasking. It’s switching tasks that I know dominate different parts of the brain at a time.

The feeling of being psychologically exhausted is relative. One can come home mentally exhausted from the stress of being a line cook. Yet, they’ll “recover” mental energy by playing an exhausting video-game to lower stress. I wondered how this was possible.

Strip the esthetics, and you’ll realize that the funnest games are high-stress inducing. That’s what “gamer rage” is. The brain can triple-time itself to solve certain puzzles, beat certain villains, etc.

Yet, video-games are one of the top activities to do to relieve one’s mind after work. And people can be quite productive in them.

Our Brains Are Like Quantum Computers

Then, I thought about the mind not as a traditional computer, but as a quantum one. Considering neuroplasticity, different activities work out different sections of the brain. Different sectors of our quantum universe, without draining other parts.

Nutrients get redirected to parts of the brain in proportion to how they’re used.

But that means that other parts of the brain are, for the most part, at rest, during these activities. If the brain is more like an organic quantum computer, rather than a classical one, then we can harness this.

Thus, when I work myself to mental exhaustion with one activity in work, I can still keep the same level of productivity by simply switching to another activity that uses the part of the brain that was otherwise at rest.

It’s like this: The primary muscles that pushups work are the chest, triceps, and shoulders.

…but the legs are at rest. They’re not exhausted. You can keep the same level of productivity in your workout for the body as a whole if you switch. Then, as you work your legs, your pushup muscles have time to recover.

Once your legs get tired, switch back.

Soon, the entire body will tire and need absolute rest. When that happens…I rest. When I rest, I recover energy and heal. And the process can continue at higher and higher levels over time.

When I’m constructing content for my website, I’m using certain parts of my brain. When I’m serving clients, I’ll usually use other parts of my brain. And when I take breaks for either of them, I’ll play the violin.

At the end of the day, I am truly exhausted, but the productivity and time-management would be through the roof, overall.

Perhaps, when I recover some of my childhood skill and beyond, I can start working on the final piece of the Vannoken puzzle: Our own cultural music.

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