Getting the pieces together – Consistency is key

23:30:11 Ok, late again, I didn’t manage to write this morning, I had to put fires off…

This post is mostly targeted to beginners in their career, that feel overwhelmed by all the stuff. Trust me, you can make it.

If you follow me for a longer time, you know, I have been a system administrator, a developer and a lot of stuff in between. Now I am leading a tech team and need to combine all the skills I have learned over the past years.

When I started, fresh out of school and saw the first real world application, I thought I would never understand how it works. How Linux, PHP, MySQL, MongoDb and so on works. It all seemed to freaking complicated and I didn’t know where to start. I looked at source code and thought how should I ever know what happens there.

The only thing, that helps you out of there is consistency. Consistency is the key to everything in live. If you tackle a new framework once and never built something real with it, you won’t remember a thing in six months. Instead if you sit down and build a real application, with real problems, you will remember that forever. And you will start to put that stuff together. Problems in infrastructure are the same. When I first installed Linux on my notebook, I couldn’t manage to get the f-ing wifi working. And now it’s easy for me to manage a ton of servers at once.

The point is, we all start somewhere. You need to stick with it and improve yourself. Ok, that’s it for today! See you tomorrow! 👋

Do you fit in? – Part 1

07:13:00 – Good morning friendos, it feels definitely good to write that early. Let’s talk about a topic that comes to my mind every day and some how pisses me off, all the time. Fitting in. I don’t know how much I will be able to pack in 10 minutes, so let’s go.

In kindergarden and in school we are taught to fit in, to not question everything. We are taught, what are good values and how to act. You quickly learn, that you have to ask for permission, to go to the fucking toilet. And you don’t have to question anything the teacher tells you, they have learned it before you and they are right, because they are adults and you have to be polite.

Bullshit, all BULLSHIT. If I would have listened to my English teacher in school, I wouldn’t have learned English that quick. I would still repeat Reading Comprehension and bullshit like that.

The other side is, you are rewarded for simple bullshit. I don’t know how it’s called, but in German schools you are getting a certificate to attend in sports games. You are getting medals and encouragement for not being top notch.

As I can’t finish my thoughts here in 10 minutes, I will continue with this topic tomorrow! See you then! 👋

Getting it done early

23:14:10 – What has my posting time to do with procrastination? Maybe something, maybe nothing 🤷‍♀️

I was reading and thinking more about productivity today. And came to a kind of conclusion. The way I do my 10 minute writing is somehow a way of procrastinating. Why? Because most of the time, I do it 10 minutes before I go to sleep.

In one post, I have mentioned it helps me to think about the past day, that’s still true. But maybe I will replace this with a real private journal, where I could also put stuff, I don’t want to talk about here.

There are a lot of moments in my day, where I think about, that I need to write this 10 minutes. And this is the same as when I think about a task, I need to get done, but cannot get my ass up. So it has a lot in common with procrastination. To stop this, I will instead publish my writing as the first thing on the day, before anything happens. Maybe I will up the game in the future, and also do a little retrospect of the day, but don’t take me for granted here, I have to focus more on the actual projects like codalong and the new blog, that finally has a name 😜.

That’s already it for todays writing. See you tomorrow MORNING! 👋

Neglecting Choice

22:35:15 I learned a lot today, by just thinking about productivity and making your life easier.

One thing that cleared my mind up is a simple technique, which I kind of described yesterday; neglecting choice.

A quick example from the weekend: It’s hard to get me on vacation, I am lazy on making decisions so far away (it’s only 3 weeks this time). On Sunday my girlfriend went to the airport with her friend, because she needed to change some details on her holiday. So she asked me if she should look for a vacation for us too, why not I responded. She sent me a message with an offer in it and just asked, if I like it. I could only respond with YES or NO, since she was already sitting there and wanted to book the hotel and the flights. My answer was yes and now we will fly to a greek island.

By just having the option to say yes or no, the decision was fairly easy to me. If she told me, would you like to go to Greece, Italy, Turkey or whatever Dubai, I wouldn’t have been able to answer so quickly. So it’s just a yes or no.

How does this connect to productivity? When you are planning in advance on what things to work on, you also neglect the choice of choosing what to work on the other day, you have a list, with a few tasks in a specific order. By neglecting the choice of a task list, with a hundred items, you free up your mind, to concentrate on the most important thing, the work itself.

That’s it for today, I already feel way more productive, when not having such a hard time 😉 See you tomorrow friendos! 👋

Plan in advance

22:04:18 – Post number 65, not too bad 😉

Yesterday we had some people here for my girlfriends birthday. Today we relaxed a bit, because the week was kind of hard. Another cool thing is, we booked a vacation for May, or better said, my girl took care of it.

One thing I try each Sunday is to plan my week in advance, so that I have a good picture of what is going to happen in the next week, especially since I have a strict planning for Codalong.

What I to there is, I go through my todo inbox and drag each task on a weekday and even give it a due time. This helps, especially when you have a lot to do and don’t think you can get anything done.

Now we will watch a bit of american dad and south park and than go to bed. A cool thing about planning out the week is, you don’t have to think about it all the time. You have written it down and it’s out of your head.

That’s it for today! See you tomorrow! 👋

Good evening

Ouh late again, it’s 23:44:28…

Today is my girlfriends birthday. She turned 29 or as I say 21. The day was quite intense.

I had to get all the stuff to buy burger buns and prepare them. Also I had to prepare the meat, which was 3.5 kilogram of meat. Just a bit of spices to make it awesome. It was concise all the time so I haven’t really had a minute to calm down and that’s what I don’t like that much about these days.

But it doesn’t matter, I would do anything to make he birthday an incredible day for her. For anyone else, there are different things that matter, and she is the, as she calls it, the birthday princess. I love this words 🤷‍♂️.

But that’s already it, I don’t get much more out today, so see you tomorrow! 👋

It’s you – It’s your fault

22:13:35 – So it’s the day before my girls birthday, we are watching some movies and waiting for 12 o’ clock to get the fancy cake. But of course I have to do my writing.

One thing I have thought about in the previous days I want to write about today. Excuses and searching the fault. Like everybody else I have made excuses in my life. I cannot do X because of that personI am not happy because of YI cannot sit down and work because of that person — on and on and on and on…

That is something I had to learn and that is something you have to learn too. It’s your fault and it’s always your own freaking fault. When you don’t sit down and work, you are not planning your day, not managing yourself, not advancing yourself; it’s you, you and you.

It’s not the fault of your parents, your spouse or anyone. Sit on your ass and get some work done and not try to blame anyone else for your own failures.

Next week there will be longer posts again, see you then! 👋

Mission Unicorn Cake

21:53:58 – Ok, still in the week of total insanity. Today is cake time, Unicorn Cake Time.

So this post will be short again, sorry for that. Next week will be better 😜.

I had a quite productive day, the release was totally easy going. I haven’t had any issues and the deployment was out point 1 PM. That’s normal for you? Congratulations! 👍 I am working on a platform that has seen more coders than anything else and all of them had best practises, like You don’t want to win a beauty price for that code. What a bullshit!

When you look at the git stats, no coder has made any plus lines since the end of 2015. We all got minus lines, because we delete more code than we actually write, which is a good thing. The most times I can replace 100 lines of code, with less than 10, plus it works better and faster…

7 minutes over and only 160 words, maybe because my head is with the cake. It’s full of sugar, something I don’t like that much, but it will taste amazing. I am stoked how it will look 🤔. You will get a photo tomorrow 😆.

I prefer cooking over baking, that’s for sure. See you tomorrow! 👋

What a week – stay on track

22:50:35 Wow, quite early today…

Okay, it’s Wednesday and this week feels like it’s not going slow anywhere. The birthday of my girlfriend is on Saturday and we have to get a lot of things done till then. I bet you know this feeling…

How to tackle it? I know that I am probably not getting much done for today, so I will go to bed after this, to get some things done tomorrow right before work. Also a huge thing for me here is my todo list, which has the tasks for every single day.

For tomorrow I have the plan to create a cake, but not a normal cake, a freaking unicorn cake. I have never baked a cake before, muffins once, but from some ready made mixture. I hope this will work out, at least I hope it will taste good. That’s what matters 🤷‍♂️. Back to the todo list here. Every task for this is outlined in my day tomorrow. For example, buying all the stuff. Things I could prepare and so on. Great thing is, I got help from Dave. I am not sure if he has done a cake like this before, but I am sure it will be fun 😜.

And that’s already it for today. Thing that should be clear right now; stay focused and stay organized, to survive weeks like this. See you! 😉

Codalong Update

23:20:34- Grml, still no devlog in sight… BUT good news, my proof of concept works.

I don’t wanted to publish a vlog, where I sit in front of the screen and scream at the code and read JS docs all the time and so on, so nope, there won’t be a vlog about it for now.

I decided to start the video series, when at least my proof of concept works, for the way I want to use it. And BAM it’s here, today I finally got all of the graphQL stuff working like it’s supposed to. I got videos, playlists, slug and all the great stuff you could expect.

The frontend looks like garbage at the moment, but that’s what I want to tackle over the next few days; styling the whole app.

What where the biggest pitfalls I had with Gatsby so far?

  • Getting used to graphQL; when you are developing applications for many many years, and using REST APIs all time; graphQL isn’t very handy at first, because you have to query every single field in order to get it. (Yeah, that’s one of the superpowers of graphQL)
  • Thinking in React; TBH this is my first real world React project. Before that I just tinkered around with it and I have to get used to all the component stuff

Ok, that’s already for today’s blog post, see you tomorrow, hopefully with more updates! 👋