To all fellow bloggers,
I often encounter it, when I see an interesting article and want to see how up-to-date it is, that the date is hidden somewhere at the bottom of the page. Is it more difficult to put the date ABOVE the article than BELOW it? Writing the date above the text would often make looking for it easier.
Today I had no university. But that didn't mean I had nothing to do. I had a lot to do. I had to learn so much for my exams next week!
But today I also noticed how hard it is to ignore distractions. Distractions are everywhere. A few examples:
I want to write a simple mail to someone at the company, but I find another mail… I want to do some online exercises but while typing the URL into the address bar, my eye catches something in the auto completion list… A notification appears on my phone and instead of turning it off, I keep using it and eventually end up watching YouTube videos instead of learning.
Yesterday in the evening, it took me only one moment to decide, that I'll get up early today, although I had no lessons and not really the need to get up that early. But there were some things I had to get done though and my experience (and the statistics on Todoist) showed me, that I get a lot more done when I get up early.
So I decided and I executed.
Today, I wished I had listened more carefully.
While I was literally melting at university (due to the hot temperatures in Germany), a package arrived at home. It was the folding bike I ordered last week to reduce the time I need to commute. My plan is to go by bike to a bus station, take the bus and then use the bike for the last meters to the university too.
I was about writing a post complaining about failing with my new goals. But does complaining bring you any further in life? No! So I'm writing about my positive progress instead, because I did a morning run today and it feels sooo great… 😏
Today, I got up at 5 am. Yes, that's really early compared to the times I got up over the last weeks, which was usually just 7:30, sometimes even 8:30.
I love programming. I never hide this. I love running. I don't hide this either. And I love writing creepy articles, this article is the prove that I even don't hide this.
I do all these three things with pride. I tell people about it, I share it on social media and I even write it in applications.
Some people might think I'm a nerd. They are probably right. Some people might think I spent more time with my PC than with other people doing things like drinking, partying etc.
I'm an idiot. A stupid bastard. Really stupid. Because I needed some timeoff, I wished to be ill - knowing that my wishes are just very rarely come true. And what happened? Yes, my wish came true. [insert facepalm emoji here]
Just one or two days after I came up with this horrible idea and decision, it catched me. I was just sitting in the lecture hall, listening to the lecturer, when stomach cramps hit me, and they hit me hard.
This article is about something I already have in my mind for quite some time. It's about the importance of education.
Some people think, education is unnecessary, the only important thing is practice. But in my opinion you need education and the theoretical background for getting better practice.
— jlelse (@jlelse) 11. April 2018
A few days ago, I tweeted this sentences. I think education and the theoretical background are also very important but often neglected.
I recently joined an event in my hometown, which was focused on new technologies. I had the opportunity to give a small talk and I took it.
First I was a bit scared, “What will the people think?", “Do I have enough knowledge to give a talk?", “I can't speak good enough…". But I also thought “You have to leave your comfort zone to grow.” And that's what I did. I left my comfort zone to grow.
I always didn't like to hear my own voice, because I thought it sounds strange. So always procrastinated starting a podcast. I finally overcame my fear. And it actually feels good.
I always had that idea in my mind of starting a podcast, I also started recording one once, but I screw it. I didn't like my voice.
But this time, I just tried it again and after hearing the voice some time, I just thought, why care about other's opinions, just do it.