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Seven-Bullet Monday - March 27, 2023

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

"To work smart means to maximize the value of your work by selecting a few activities and applying intense targeted effort." ― Morten Hansen

From the author of "Great at Work" and the phrase "Do Less, then obsess" comes this excellent quote. If effective multi-tasking is indeed a myth, then short bursts of intense targeted effort in a few critical areas are the way to achieve outstanding results.

2. A question I am asking myself:

How can we save the most fuel in our operations without impacting production?

Our mining operations consume some 90 million litres of diesel annually, making it one of our highest focus areas, from a consumption, cost and emissions standpoint. Our project to minimize unnecessary idling kicks into a higher gear now that warmer weather is here, and restarting equipment is less challenging.

3. A book I am reading:

A Briefer History of Time - Stephen Hawking

In listening to this book, I fully appreciated Hawking’s brilliant mind and his efforts to describe incredibly complex cosmological matters in layperson language. His explanations of space, time, the start and end of the universe, and his exploration into the role of God in creation made for fascinating listening. Hawking studied and learnt all this while battling a debilitating motor neurone disease for over fifty years, which makes him all the more remarkable.

4. What I learnt this week

Western Canadian steelmaking coal production has very low fugitive methane emission levels

Fugitive methane, with 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere, has become a global priority for limiting global warming. Steelmaking coal mines are nowhere near oil and gas for producing fugitive methane. Nevertheless, methane still makes up a significant portion of these miners' emissions and, for 25% of the world's producers, more than three-quarters.

Western Canadian coal deposits are generally low in methane, even more so for Northeast British Columbia, where we operate. All open-pit steelmaking coal miners in BC are assigned a factor of 0.93kg of methane per tonne of coal mined, which, in our case, converts to around one-third of our reported emissions. Our research suggests we may be many multiples lower than this, so we have set out to determine scientific site-specific methane factors. We aim to finish this work by early 2024 when we can determine precisely how favourably we rank as a low-carbon supplier of steelmaking coal.

5. The highlight the whole week

Getting my eating and exercise back in balance

A cheat day here or there on the eating front may be fine, but in my case, one cheat week after another and another had left me feeling physically and mentally melancholy. I decided that was enough, so this week, I ate mindfully for the most part, avoided sugar and got in lots of exercise, including more walking. I felt so much internally better this week, like my body was appreciating being treated as it should. I also reckon I clocked in at least five negative-calorie days this week. #MyPantsFitAgain

6. Hugh-bits

Listen to this podcast: Tim Ferris Show #660 with Dr Andrew Huberman

This show brings together two of the world's most-listened-to podcasters for a packed informational show. They discuss various issues, from physical and mental performance to core supplements, sleep optimization, and fertility. I particularly liked how Huberman outlined his five foundational elements for a healthy life: sleep, nutrients, exercise, light, and relationships. He also has an interesting exercise regimen and explained some gym exercises I had never encountered before.

7. My challenge for you for this week

Hide a few encouraging/appreciation notes around your home, either for your loved ones or you to find at a future date

I think this is a great idea for you to try out. Hand-write some notes to loved ones at home (or yourself if you live alone), and hide them around the house for future finding. It could be as simple as, "Hey _____, just letting you know you are awesome" or, "Hi ______, I so appreciate everything about you". You are bound to forget the notes, and either you or someone else in your home will be pleasantly surprised one day when they find the message. If you have multiple people in your house, even up the notes between them 😊 #IAin'tGotNoFavourites.

Have a fantastic week

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