“Throughout my career, I have discovered and rediscovered a simple truth. The ability to concentrate single-mindedly on your most important task, to do it well, and to finish it completely, is the key to great success, achievement, respect, status, and happiness in life.”
— Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog
The problem with programming, along with entrepreneurship and most jobs in tech, is that it requires a lot of mental effort. So no matter how pointless or trivial the task, we still feel productive.
While your brain may be sweating from the sheer challenge of it all, it doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is automatically the best use of your time. …
I had no idea my first article about deep work and the Pomodoro technique would resonate so well with people. I don’t know what Medium considers viral, but over 50,000 views in 10 days must mean you’re interested in this topic.
If you’re not familiar with deep work, I can’t recommend Cal Newport’s book Deep Work enough.
The thesis is simple. As human beings, we get distracted. More than ever because of the technology that’s designed to get our attention and engage us.
So we have to take responsibility and fight back. …
Or how to become one of those highly-paid “10x Rockstar Ninja” developers companies love to hire.
It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a side hustle or if you’re a junior developer wanting to get noticed and promoted. It doesn’t matter if you’re a lead developer looking for a change of pace, from a corporate gig to a start-up or the other way around. It doesn’t matter if you’re jobless out of college.
As long as you’re a programmer, no skill is more important to your success than focused, deep work.
From Cal Newport’s book Deep Work:
“The Deep Work Hypothesis: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare and at the exact same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. … the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.” …