Continually experimenting with new ideas and techniques — Reconstructing, Developing, Modernising.
Plato reports Socrates as saying ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ. So as a human being I guess I ought to examine my life.
At work I review the code I write, and even the most cursory reviews have benefits for the code’s design and quality. A large part of the value is having another person there to provide perspective, maintain a degree of honesty, and force the fuzziness of ideas to be exposed by committing them to words.
My initial step in a more concerted examination of my life was to make sure my recollections are accurate. For the past few weeks I have tried to write a diary entry every day, and then to read the entries every week and spend a little time reflecting. It is amazing how much I forget in a week.
I wonder if reviewing my inner life will be as beneficial as reviewing the code I write – I’m not sure if I’d like someone else going over my diary entries with me. Putting my thoughts onto paper does make me think, and reveals some interesting traits.
The notion of periodic review appeals to me, and I’ll keep at it for a couple of months.