First official day of the International Festival of Art and Culture: Capsa 2017 was dedicated to getting some rest from the trip, however, some of us headed out to explore the city of Gafsa. Here are some of my visual notes from the walk.
Walking the streets of Riga
In my Psychology of Time course I have offered students an assignment where they were exploring the experience of waiting time. They observed themselves in a situation of waiting and others while waiting for something in a public space.
Some very interesting observations and insights have emerged:
“Are the portions of time spent waiting truly just empty gaps between the actual events of one’s life, or are they also events in their own right? As I discovered while waiting at the bus stop, the time spent waiting for an event to begin can sometimes be even more valuable than the event itself.”
A very rare approach these days:
If the subway has not left the station yet while I am on it, I will tell myself that it is ok because now someone was able to make it on who needs to get to an important meeting.
Some observations I made while following the online course on CreativeLive on the Art of Less Doing with Ari Meisel.
People get stressed by how things work. Some other people develop an app / technique to lower that stress. Something that supposedly helps you out, makes you more productive, but then there are so many solutions to the same problem that we actually need a guide, who would review all those available solutions, test them out and pick the best for us. He/she figured it out for themselves, fine-tuned to address the challenges they face and then it works for them. Would it work for us? We don’t know, but we buy the guide anyway.
What I learned from the course:
- if you have “what” to share, the “how” will follow
- ideas of setting up an email based course
- organization, like creativity, needs limits and will-power
What I will act on:
- have a heard a few times about pomodoro technique by now – will try it out
- restructure my DropBox