Between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five, the longest period of time off I'd ever taken from work was three weeks. That's two decades during which I always had a job (if not more than one) and never more distance from it than three weeks. I don't share this with you to brag; it's not an achievement. In fact, not proactively arranging your life and work to support taking longer periods of time off is irresponsible and destructive, both to you and the people who depend upon you.
12 Sep 2017
11 Sep 2017
The tarmac blurs under my wheels and suddenly my entire body has become a sensor: feeling the surface of the road through my hands on the bars; hearing the movements of the car behind me; seeing into the maybe-future as my eyes scan the upcoming route for the unexpected. My subconscious reminds me, unbidden, that this particular stretch of highway has a pothole coming up in a few metres, and my fingers reach down to click the gear shifter well before my legs report that the gradient has increased.
I was a busy kid. I remember one day sitting at our kitchen table, planning my day when I let out one of my busy sighs. You know the ones. My mom, who was on the sofa platting my sister’s hair laughed. I looked up, most annoyed and asked her what was so funny. Evidently, I’ve never forgotten what she said:
I like to apply technology to help people get things done. The best things in life are simple and fun - @cleveg
Knowing when to say "No" can be important for reducing stress and maintaining productivity. It can be hard to say "No", but knowing when to say “Yes!”, can sometimes be just as hard.
09 Sep 2017
I see a lot of people that I respect and admire speaking about the importance of saying "No".¶The #1 thing I wish I’d learnt before I started #freelancing is learning when to say No and not being afraid to do it. ????????— Sara Soueidan ???? (@SaraSoueidan) August 7, 2017
Web developer. Fluid typography. CSS aficionado. Concerned resident. Datavis. Prev, Aust Gov. Let's be friends.
As a kid, I loved Tetris. Lining the blocks up and seeing them fit perfectly into place gave my strategist mind a thrill. It was the rhythm I loved so much, the tappity-tap-tap of keys and buttons, the sensory meditation of my fingers moving in pace with my eyes to see those blocks fall perfectly into place. Seeing it, feeling it, doing it.
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This may come as a surprise, but I hate "iteration" with a passion. Like so many other once-meaningful words sacrificed at the design-thinking altar, "iteration" has gone the way of such hollow-eyed corporatespeak as "ethnography", "empathy" and "design thinking". #singletear
When it comes to a morning routine, I wouldn't say I really have one. Instead of a routine, I'd think of it more as habit. I like to get in to the office generally around the same time if it's going to be a busy day ahead. I never eat breakfast at home - I keep bags of granola and hemp milk in the office. One exception to my habits is that if I don't have any meetings until later, I'll try to squeeze in a run at around 6 or 6:30 a.m. before heading to work.
Living in sales can be like an ER nurse on New Year’s Eve. You’re dealing with waves of incoming fire. The volume and intensity of your work is unpredictable. You’re trying to manage erratic fits and starts of urgency, while trying to do your job. When you’re focused on survival, how much attention can you really pay to productivity?
04 Sep 2017
Sometimes I wonder if our obsession with productivity is making us less productive. The word itself makes me feel a little guilty, and guilt is not a feeling that is at all conducive to accomplishing more, at least for me.
Independent front-end developer open to remote part-time or full-time gigs. Sometimes writes. Takes lots of cat photos. Dreams of where to travel next.