The frameworks and processes we use should support the work we do and help us reach our goals. Sometimes they get out of hand and actually hinder us. The good news is there are ways to stop this. Have you seen this poster before? It highlights a well defined low level process which goes against the greater good. It's powerful in its simplicity but also in its … [Read more...] about Avoid Fires and Stop Meaningless Process Destroying your Intent
How often do you get the fear? What do I mean by fear? How about the knot I got in my stomach just before I plunged out of plane on a parachute jump? It’s more than the brain logically planning to avoid danger, you’re whole body feels it, a foreboding about what’s coming next. Working in IT means sudden severe physical dangers are unlikely. But aversion to fear continues to … [Read more...] about Overcome Fear by Writing like You Code
Do you procrastinate? Do you put things off? Are you misleading yourself, saying you will do something but then avoiding it? Even the word procrastinate has a certain deceptiveness about it, just like it’s meaning, Avoiding work. Procrastination is 5 syllables, it makes it sound almost scientific like there’s a real justification. What you’re really doing is no work but … [Read more...] about Beating Procrastination with a Pomodoro Tweak
I'm designating 2019 as the year to make progress. That's a big statement. What do I mean by it? I’ll tell you and I have a concept that I think will help. In some ways it’s a very simple and easy concept, it’s actually one that I was previously extremely sceptical about. Now I’m a new convert and 2019 seems like the year to really test it out. The good news is that it’s … [Read more...] about 2019 – The year to make progress
“A talent stack is the overall value or sum of an individual's skills and talents.” (Ben Ford) Scott Adams (author of Dilbert) hinted at this in an older blog post. Being the best at the world at one single thing is almost impossible. Becoming good (e.g. top 25%) at two things can be more valuable and also far easier. This can be extended further to additional skills. Even … [Read more...] about What’s your talent stack?