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How to beat procrastination by tricking your mind
When you work alone you get stuck. Whether it be a hard problem, a heavy lunch, or just a bad interaction with resistance there are times when you find yourself in a rut and need to force your way out of it.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is typically a change of pace for most people – even if they don’t go on vacation – and a socially acceptable time to reflect and make large changes in your life.
If you are like me you can get into a mindset of negative thinking where you can poke holes in any potential project idea or action.
Most of us reading this post are adults. We take care of those around us, hold down jobs, pay bills, shower daily and do other things that are considered mature.
The Pomodoro technique is a rare productivity tool: simple, powerful, and popular.
I have this fantastical daydream that I entertain often: I get a week (or weekend) to myself and I am able to do all the work, all the projects, all the catching up that I want to do.
Every year I take a weekend to myself and go on a personal retreat.
Most people agree that a “to do list” is a great way to track work tasks whether it be shopping lists or work lists or people that you need to tickle this week.
We have all been there – you are busy all day but as the day ends you still haven’t done The One Thing that you really should have finished today.
My productivity tip of the day is pretty simple and exists in two parts:
In a previous entry I mentioned that you should have certain infrastructure readily-available when you work from home.
Years ago my boss asked if I could use a remote support developer in Europe for off-hours support of a critical system that processed data throughout the day.
Productivity is about the personal
I am working out of a massive office building in one of those little commercial compounds this week.
If you are looking for true advice from someone who understands the struggle of remote work and has actual useful advice, check out Navigating Remote Work .
Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering by Robert L. Glass is a fascinating little change of pace that I just finished reading.