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❄️ Freezethawed: The Newsletter #029 - Are you thinking as hard as you're working?

Hello everyone!

This week I received news that my third manuscript and first case report just got published in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology! This manuscript was the first as well as the most harrowing one that I’ve written and seeing it in print feels surreal, to say the least. For those interested, we reported a rare case of Morning Glory Syndrome (a rare congenital optic disc anomaly) with basal encephalocele (protrusion of a part of the brain through a defect in the skull) presenting as watering of the eye. It was quite interesting to narrow the case down to a suitable diagnosis and I’m glad we could do so.

Here’s the link to the article: https://www.ijoreports.in/article.asp?issn=2772-3070;year=2021;volume=1;issue=2;spage=373;epage=375;aulast=Vallinayagam

Working Hard vs. Thinking Hard

Also, this week I would like to talk about “hard work” and maybe how we might have gotten the concept of all wrong.

Working hard as commonly been attributed to the physical act of getting things done. The more arduous labour done in a day is equivalent to how hard one has worked. Though this exercise is true for the most part, I ask you to consider recalibrating the term “hard work” to include “hard thinking.” Often, correct thought process will lead you to the answer quicker, cutting down the physical labour significantly. That is, consider doing the “hard work” in your mind.

It is prudent to remember that,

The person who outsmarts you is out working you.

The person who finds shortcuts is out working you.

The person with a better strategy is out working you.

Therefore, sometimes the hardest work is thinking of a better way to do it.

Incorporating some “hard thinking” before the actual “hard work” has been an useful practice for me. Let me know what you think of the same!

Until next time,


Here’s a COVID appropriate photo of me with the current issue of the IJO.

Anujeet’s book journey

Currently I am reading:

21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari

Aggregate, the weekly quote

"Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple."

- Steve Jobs

Harmony, the weekly song

One More Time – Ed Sheeran

If you’re a 90’s kid, I am sure you’ve hear of the original version by Britney Spears, and if you have to should listen to this cover for all the nostalgia!

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