Creating a Productive Environment

From Personal Space to Development Environment

 

Tom Harrigan

Alley Interactive

Hi I'm Tom

fac642e8fada29a09d895cdf4060430c

@TomHarrigan

ThomasHarrigan.com

Alley Interactive

BZ0QRoPM_400x400

@AlleyDev

AlleyInteractive.com

6f99964375d77a2f9050910336e55c97

Sleep is good

sleep

Increased memory

improve-memory

Increased attention and focus

3228122b2db4efb8a72576a09448d5cbb1aaeac23971691b3670c55d772d818a

Longer life

Spock (1)

Lower stress

stress-free-zone-sign

Decreased dependence on stimulants like caffeine

5-co3

Becoming nocturnal

tarsier_nocturnal_animals

BopFRGLCMAAlsgI

Edit_Profile___LinkedIn

House of Glass

Working on large abstract systems involves fitting the whole thing into your mind – it’s like  constructing a house out of expensive crystal glass

Why Programmers Work at Night – Swizec Teller

The Makers Schedule – Paul Graham

Consequences

Breaking the rhythm of your daily routine has consequences. – Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath

“Switching over to daylight saving time, and losing one hour of sleep, raised the risk of having a heart attack the following Monday by 25 percent” – Reuters

Our screens aren't helping

Brightness and Blue light

“reading on a tablet for a couple hours before bed may find that their sleep is delayed by about an hour.”

Research

There's an app for that

f_lux__software_to_make_your_life_better

Sleep solved, start the day right

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

8 Morning Rituals of the Most Successful People

Cold Shower

  • Improve immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems
  • Boost metabolism, increase weight loss

Drink cold water

“Consume at least 500 milliliters of ice water on an empty stomach immediately upon waking. In at least two studies, this water consumption has been shown to increase resting metabolic rate 24–30%, peaking at 40–60 minutes post-consumption” – Tim Ferriss, 4 Hour Body

Protein

“Breakfast is also the ideal time to eat protein, which gives you the energy to make it through the day.” – Tom Rath, Eat Move Sleep

“chicken breast or protein shake will do” – Tim Ferriss, Four Hour Body

Defeat bigger challenges earlier

Take care of bigger, harder items while you have more mental energy

Keep a daily log

Track everything from sleep to caffeine consumption

GTD - Getting Things Done

A notebook is handy for this too.

Main principles:

-Get everything out of your head

-Break everything down into its next actionable task

Bad to-do list item

  • Fix Mailchimp Bug

Good to-do list item

  • Download backup of production data
  • Test known individual users/emails with issue
  • Inspect the user_meta fields and arrays for those users
  • Test function that is formatting the array data and creating API request
  • Check import script for malformed data
  • Check Mailchimp API logs for bad requests
  • Add logging code to capture future issues

Another Bad To-do item

  • Create WordCamp talk

Better item

  • Read 4 Hour Body, Eat Move Sleep, SuperBetter, Getting Things Done
  • Distill notes
  • Settle on main topics
  • Find images
  • Create slides

Apps to help with GTD

Toggl

Pomodoro Timer

Home Office Environment

B6izW7iCcAAog5y

Blue light is not always bad

desk-with-happy-light

Standing desk

Standing desk tips

  • Don’t stand all day
  • Posture
  • Screen at eye level
  • Mat
  • Bonus: keep free weights next to the desk

4-diagram-of-correct-posture-2

Posture

Reduce Standing Desk Fatigue

Mat

Also, running shoes are great

On Goal Setting

Screen-Shot-2015-03-19-at-3.52.30-PM1

Learn from Elon Musk

Goal: Get man on Mars

Side benefits:

  • Reduce dependence on fossil fuels
  • Best electric car ever made
  • Battery technology is good now
  • Solar power has gotten better
  • Space is becoming more affordable. Smaller satellites can be launched at lower budgets

Make your goal big enough that you'll stay motivated

My bad goals:

  • Get rich
  • Get a promotion
  • Create successful startup
  • Contribute to WordPress core

My better goal: Buy a house

Growing - Don't be in a silo

We grow better together. Find like-minded, or complimentary individuals to bounce ideas off of and learn with. Create or join a roundtable or mastermind group.

Don’t be afraid to ask people for help.

Tip: Post Status has a fantastic Slack community

Balance

“No matter how successful you are in your career, you must always remember that we are here to live. If you keep yourself busy working, you will surely regret it.” – Jack Ma

Structure in some free time. Example:

  • Monday: Game night
  • Wednesday: Dinner
  • Saturday: Date night
  • Sunday: Soccer

Tools of the trade

Self Control

Brain.fm

Skitch

Droplr

Developer focussed tools

Tower

Sequel Pro

Sublime Text  3

Dev setup

Vagrant

VVV

Vagrant Manager

API interaction

Paw REST API client

Plugins

plugins
Airplane Mode
private debug log
query monitor
fieldmanager
transient manager

Books

Eat Move Sleep – Tom Rath
SuperBetter – Jane McGonigal
4-Hour body Tim Ferris
Getting Things Done – David Allen

Interested in working on complex challenges at scale in WordPress?

We’re hiring! Let’s chat.

http://www.alleyinteractive.com/hiring/