In some ways, New Year’s is nothing more than a collective fantasy – we flip the page on a calendar or the date displayed by our phones now reads “Jan 1” and we all agree that this means that it’s now a “new year” and time for a “new start”. Maybe all of this is a bit arbitrary, but I don’t think that it necessarily follows that it’s unhelpful or meaningless to frame one date vs. another as “new.”Continue reading “New Year’s & the Power of Mindset”
When writing code, it’s often easy to trigger the “freeze” response from the “fight, flight, freeze, or fawn” list of trauma responses.
“I bet I could make this SQL query more performant…”
“It feels like I could use a design pattern here…”
“This variable needs a better name…”
There are multiple issues at play here:Continue reading “Best Practice: Code Like No One’s Watching”
This advice came from a former employer who mentioned it during a team-wide productivity learning session. It’s not original to him, but it’s where I first heard it:Continue reading “The Single Best Piece of Productivity Advice I’ve Received”
If it’s not working after a week, try something else. Repeat until you get the outcome you want.
One of the biggest obstacles to improving in life is thinking a change has to be permanent or nothing.
Lay out your workout clothes the night before.
Clean the coffee maker while doing the dinner dishes so that it’s ready to brew first thing the following morning.
Set up automatic monthly transfers, no matter how small, from your checking account to your savings account.
In short, do the things you’re going to end up having to do anyway as far back “in the past” as possible.
As you time travel into the future, you probably won’t even recall that little bit of extra effort you put in yesterday, but, come today, you’ll bask in the little productivity boost you gave yourself.
TL;DR: Where possible, turn the friction in your life into a willpower booster rather than a willpower drain.
Friction. It’s not just two physical objects resisting each other as they interact. It’s also a psychological phenomenon that feels a lot like this:Continue reading “Hacking Friction To Boost Your Productivity”
I have a total of eight years experience as a remote worker. I began my remote working career as a life coach for a distance learning startup before pivoting into a career as a software engineer which I was able to take remote in 2017.
While I love working remotely, it’s not without its challenges. Given the current global crisis which has a lot of the world suddenly working remotely, I figured I’d take a minute to jot down my top thoughts on remote work in the hope that they can help and encourage others during this difficult time when many have had remote work thrust upon them with little preparation:Continue reading “Working Remotely: Tips from a Veteran”