While writing this post, I’m already very tired, but I just want to add another thing to the list with things I did today. Today was a quite productive day, although it were holidays and I didn’t need to go to university. I had the option to sleep as long as I wanted, but I didn’t sleep until noon to get things done. One negative aspect of studying compared to working is, that you need to do things at home very often.
I recently got a new (refurbished) notebook and already wrote a post about that, but this time, I would like to focus on my software setup. What programs do I use for developing? What do I use for writing? And what is my favorite web browser? But first let’s start with the Operating System: Operating System: Solus I love Linux and I’m already on the Linux site for a few years.
Yesterday I told you, that I currently somehow struggle with procrastination and not being able to get myself finishing the tasks from my to-do list. So today I used an app again, that I last time used while preparing for my final exams in school. It’s name is Forest and you can plant trees. Why should I plant trees? Well, the trees will die if you use your phone, before they finished growing.
Things aren’t going well currently. My procrastination is my top activity and the list with tasks to do is growing each day. My room is a mess and I’m using my phone more than I should. But what’s wrong? Why is my motivation kidding me? Why can’t I get myself to do something productive? Like writing an article or writing a few lines of code? But instead I somehow end up watching YouTube videos, scrolling through my Twitter feed and browsing the web.
When you’re on the go quite often (at university during the week or with the family during the weekends), it’s actually quite difficult to use the spare time you have for writing blog posts instead of fixing bugs or coding new features for your favorite project. That’s why I recently built the habit of writing most of my posts on the go. But how? For my cheap Amazon Fire 7 Tablet I bought a case with a Bluetooth keyboard, which I can also take out of the case and connect it with my smartphone.
Julian Zehr recently published a post regarding Zero-Days, the days where you don’t do something to reach your goals. So where you don’t code to become the world’s best software developer or don’t write to become the most famous blogger. The days where you do something different. I totally agree with him, that the best way to reach this goal is using every day to come your goals closer, but I also think sometimes it’s necessary to do something different, like running instead of coding or reading instead of writing, even when it’s not directly related to your goal.
Writing posts, especially when you just write for the sake of publishing a post, can be really painful. You tensely try to come up with an idea, then you start typing but have to think about every second word. Another bad addition to this is, when you aren’t native English speaker, so you use a translation site and copy every translated sentence over to your editor… It’s like building something, but you directly know it’s bad.
Knowledge is one of the most important goods in today’s world. The value of an employee increases with the knowledge he possesses. But the problem is that we often have so much input that we can’t remember everything. Solution: Create a knowledge database. There are really countless ways to create your own wiki. Be it a collection of text documents on Google Drive or your own MediaWiki installation. Of course, the type of implementation also depends on the technical experience, because a collection of documents is easy to create even for less experienced users.
How do you make sure that opening the mailbox is not painful and associated with negative emotions? How do I manage not to get knocked out by the mountain of work that my email account reminds me of? Here are some tips from my own experience for better email management: Unsubscribe from this stupid newsletter I almost always get a crisis when I see how many emails others have in their mailbox with the words “special offer”.
How to Replace Twitter with Email as News Source - Non-technical reasons and technical implementation
How do you follow the blogs and news sites that interest you? Twitter, Facebook, Feedly or any other newsreader? I used to do that too, but now I only use email. Email? That’s right, my mailbox is my newsreader. Although I’m offering an app on Google Play that does the exact job of displaying news, I’m now mainly using my email inbox and Telegram to keep up to date with the latest news and topics I’m interested in.