2021 January. Childcare.

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January was a month of childcare. It's surprising how many posts I've created, considering how little time I had.

New posts #

Proximity principle. Want to improve the architecture of your application? Where you place code can help you or make your life harder. Learn how to know the difference.

How to Give and Receive feedback. Everything I know about giving and receiving feedback.

Sleep. I've started listening to Huberman Lab Podcast and gathered some notes on improving sleep quality.

Unicorn Developer. Dome of my notes about the tension between generalists and specialists in software development.

Books I've read #

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. An interesting (and pretty short) book that gave me a glimpse into a world of low and high IQ in society.

Developer Hegemony: The Future of Labor by Erik Dietrich. I'm still not sure what to think of this one. Interesting for sure. It could have been shorter, and it would improve the clarity of the message. But I'm still thinking about it, so even if you happen to disagree, it's always worth having another perspective on corporations and the rat race.

Elsewhere on the Web #

Health #

Huberman Lab Podcast. Highly recommended.
I'm enjoying it!
Source of my Sleep post.

Work #

The Stretch Goal Paradox. Audacious targets are widely misunderstood—and widely misused.. I'm hearing managers and management consultants talking about stretch goals like they were a cure-all drug. They aren't, and it's worth it to learn more about them.

TOP 13 CHANGE MANAGEMENT COMIC STRIPS. They are fun because they catch something real.

What Silicon Valley "Gets" about Software Engineers that Traditional Companies Do Not. I've found it useful in adjusting my expectations at work.

Psychology #

Why the Most Important Idea in Behavioral Decision-Making Is a Fallacy.

The popular idea that avoiding losses is a bigger motivator than achieving gains is not supported by the evidence

New Insights into Self-Insight: More May Not Be Better.

An innovative study technique yields surprising results that counter the popular idea that knowing yourself is good for you.

Updates #

Update to the keystone habits post—adding new sections about Keystone routines. I'm also trimming down the list to 4 habits for the next month.

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