tagged: productivity

12 October, 2021

Loving right now: Optimize.me

books  productivity
1 min read
I have read a lot of non-fiction books in the self-help/personal development genre. You have to get through many average books and writers to uncover the gems.
13 September, 2021

Touch the keys

1 min read
Earlier in the year I shared the 5 minute timer hack for getting started on a task when activation energy is holding me back. Sometimes, the thought of spending even 5 minutes on something is too overwhelming. When I’m in this place, I find Kourosh Dini’s advice to “touch the keys” really helpful.
27 August, 2021

Screen time

wellbeing  productivity
2 min read
I watched a lot of TV when I was a kid. I was an early riser, and would wake up before anyone else in my family, head in to the living room and switch on the TV.
11 August, 2021

We confuse visibility with competency

work  development  productivity
2 min read
Perhaps there is a bit of a remote hiring boom at the moment, but I have noticed a massive uptick in the amount of solicitations from people wanting to "have a conversation" about hiring me in 2021. Almost always, people find their way to my inbox because they remember me from Twitter.
01 August, 2021

Learning how you best learn: some questions to ask yourself

development  productivity
4 min read
I believe that the best thing you can do for your career as a Developer is teach yourself how to learn effectively. Learning is a skill you need to develop, and it was one I actually didn't reach competence in until long after I'd completed my formal education.
10 July, 2021

How I'm going to try and stop my "revenge bedtime procrastination"

productivity  wellbeing
2 min read
Sometimes I can feel like I am just going from one demand to the next all day long. Then at night when I really should go to bed I stay up an extra 30 minutes to an hour messing around on my phone simply because it is quiet and nobody is bothering me and I can.
21 June, 2021

Avoiding "when, then" thinking versus respecting your season

mothering  productivity  wellbeing
2 min read
I listen to a lot of podcasts and read blog posts about motherhood and parenting. I come across two themes of advice that are useful yet seem in conflict with each other. 
29 May, 2021

The must-have utility apps I use every day on my Macbook Pro

productivity  work
2 min read
Whenever I have to start from scratch on a Mac, I am reminded just how much I rely on various utility Apps throughout my day. So here is the list of my must-have and nice-to-have apps and services.
10 May, 2021

Strategies for dealing with a catnapping baby (that don’t involve sleep training): Define your priorities

mothering  productivity
4 min read
So, we've come to terms with the fact that we have very limited "free time" during the day. Our baby will not take a 2 hour nap twice a day. So we need to forget about what the mothers we know with sleepers are doing and tackle the day with a strategy that suits our season.
12 April, 2021

Loving right now: Obsidian.md

2 min read
As a regular consumer of productivity porn I first noticed Personal Knowledge Management Systems last year when they were moving from a niche interest to a full-on internet trend.
26 March, 2021

Thoughts on the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

books  productivity
2 min read
Lately I've been rereading some books that I remember impacting me in 2016. The year I turned 30, in a very cliche move, I discovered the self improvement/development genre.
24 March, 2021

How to open a specific Notion page on your iPhone

1 min read
There are many reasons I love Notion, and I plan to share my setup for weekly and monthly reviews on this blog in the future. One thing that has really been bugging me lately is how bad the performance has gotten. Maybe my location (Australia) exacerbates this, but Notion has been so slow lately. I have a page in my Notion called “Cleaning” that is basically a table of all the cleaning tasks in my home and when I did them last (so I don’t have to wonder about how long it has been since I cleane

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