Personal Development 40
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Dec 12, 2021
We need your experiments and your questions and your feedback. Your lack of understanding is a valuable attribute that goes away as you gain experience.
Mar 06, 2021
A little system I use to remember what's important to focus on during the day.
Feb 14, 2021
Despite still riding out this pandemic with young children, the last 5 months have been a different internal experience than any other I can remember because of mindfulness.
Jun 27, 2019
Should you specialize and go deep or generalize and go broad? I'd argue they they are two sides of the same coin.
Jun 11, 2019
I've gone through many transformations in my life. I have been lucky a number of times in a way that benefited me. I've also been unlucky a number of times that held me back.
Jul 10, 2018
Something happens to you as a developer when you start on and stick with a single platform for a long period of time. As you get better and better at that platform, you get further and further away from the rest of the ecosystem.
Jan 13, 2017
After years of reading about productivity (a generally unproductive thing to do), trying out different techniques and apps, and journaling, I have finally constructed a system that helps me complete concrete tasks consistently and efficiently.
Dec 08, 2016
After reading several articles and a great book, Deep Work by Cal Newport, I’m sold: focus is tough, necessary, and at a premium. I’ve been on a month-long discovery process to find how to work more efficiently (in other words: less screen time with more output), produce better, and avoid negative thoughts.
Nov 16, 2016
Before this, I wasn’t just losing time, I was actively harming my thought process for the rest of the time that I wasn’t distracting myself. All of this consumption, in the name of doing more and better, was robbing my ability to do just that.
Oct 19, 2015
An incredible movie, a life-changing product, and a quote. Might be just what you need right now too.
Jun 12, 2015
I've been doing agency development and design work for almost a decade, and customer service for almost 2. But I learned a lot when the tables were turned.
Mar 23, 2015
This is a summary of an email I sent to someone who wants to get into creating custom WordPress themes and plugins. I've been doing this for over 7 years now and would like to think I have something interesting and helpful to say about this.
Jan 12, 2015
"WordPress is a server hog" ... "WordPress keeps crashing" ... "You can't run a fast WordPress site" ... I've heard these kinds of statements over and over for years.
Jan 05, 2015
I made a few significant life changes to achieve a set of personal goals that I’ve been chasing for years. I think we call this a “resolution” but I’m hesitant to use that colloquialism. These changes need to stay with me for the rest of my life.
Apr 29, 2014
Like a lot of people, I have many, many ideas going on at once and many, many tasks that need my time and attention, both of which are in short supply. Where do I start? What do I do? Where is my direction?
Feb 18, 2013
On how I have made a commitment, each day, to never getting mad, irritable, frustrated, depressed, or negative, no matter what. This probably sounds a little trite to some, maybe totally obvious to others, but it's something I needed to understand. "When the student is prepared, the teacher appears," says Brother Ali .... preach on.
Aug 14, 2012
I think a lot about focus, what it means, and how to find it. Focus is something that does not come naturally to most people and can be very difficult when you live an over-connected lifestyle. It’s something that you have to commit to, practice, experiment with, and make a priority.
Jun 21, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
Jun 24, 2010
My answers to the 16 questions for people making a living as a free agent.
Oct 27, 2009
Though I haven’t eliminated repetition from my professional life entirely, I’m aware of something very different at work. Creating websites from scratch can be tedious but it has taught me something critical about iteration.
Oct 06, 2009
Talent is a funny thing. Being talented in something is a product of chance, practice, both, and neither (these days, I’m leaning much more towards practice).
Sep 03, 2009
By the end of my cigarette smoking career, it had taken me about 40 tries to put those damn things down but, one day, for no good reason, I did it. Was it just one of those great miracles of life? Maybe not ...
Mar 26, 2009
I think a designer should be expected to think about the whole project: the medium, the message, the format, the audience, the technology, and the client. The closer the pieces of the project are to the design, the more they should know.
Nov 07, 2008
I’m going to share with you how I work. This method would/will drive certain people nuts. This method is not foolproof but none of them are.
Nov 01, 2008
I've been thinking about my past as a student and how far I’ve come as a person. I wanted to share a bit about what I’ve learned as the oldest dude in my graduating class (except that other guy).
Oct 20, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
Listen to what the professionals at Microsoft have to say.
Oct 02, 2008
I have been talking recently (more in person than anywhere) about being a generalist and what that means to me. I am, in every sense of the word, a generalist, a mash-up artist, comfortable between groups than deep within them.
Sep 22, 2008
Each day that we are granted is a chance to escape the condemnation of comparison and start anew on our way to who we know we can be.
Sep 18, 2008
If you put your name on it, put your best into it. The work you do now could come back to haunt you later and it’s up to you whether this phantom is benevolent or not.
Sep 09, 2008
Sometimes there is an easy way, sometimes there’s just an easIER way, and sometimes there’s just hard ways.
Aug 28, 2008
One of the most challenging and interesting parts of what I do is bridging the gap between potentially confusing technology and people who are far removed from how it works.
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