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  • 27th February at 21:47

    I’ve gone back to using a paper bullet journal.

    The Notion setup I had was cool, but I just wasn’t using it, and being the obsessive organiser that I am: I was getting very stressed.

    I think the main issue was speed. Bullet journaling is supposed to be fast, but even though I had templates and formulas: Notion was just not fast enough. This just stopped me keeping on top of things.

    This is no shade on Notion, FWIW. I fucking love that app and it runs so much stuff for me. I just don’t think it’s right for me and bullet journaling.

  • 27th February at 14:53

    I’ve been doing client services for a very long time now and there’s one thing that never changes: stakeholders going rogue. You can plan projects to the nth-degree, but that derailing amend will arrive and hit you for six, every damn time.

    The thing for me is I have to have the right amount of energy to deal with rogue stakeholders properly. If I’m far into a big project, my energy is no where near high enough to tackle bad ideas and keep the project on the right path. It also takes a lot of patience.

    I’m going through this scenario at the moment, but this time, the energy levels are very low, so I’m in a “do whatever you want” mood, which I’m sure will bite me in the ass in the long-term. I think the upcoming Piccalilli stuff contributes to that mood, too.

    You’ve got to care for yourself too and ask yourself if fighting back against a rogue stakeholder is worth it. Sometimes—especially as a freelancer—you’ve just gotta send the invoices and get on with it. Do work, go home. In my case: Do work, get paid and focus on better, future endeavours.

  • 24th February at 10:48

    🔥 Pro-tip

    When you are writing a step-by-step tutorial, build along with your writeup to test that it works how you think it does.

    When I write up tutorials, I build it in a private CodePen project. It works a charm.

  • 23rd February at 09:43

    A pro tip for companies.

    Remember that candidates will almost certainly not just be interviewing with you.

    Remember that when you set your “challenges”, as they will probably be balancing a few challenges, and their job and their day-to-day life.

    Try to find more efficient means instead.

  • 23rd February at 09:36

    I binged “Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer” on Netflix last night and I’m still angry.

    It’s a fascinating story, but there was too much footage of animal and human cruelty that really, didn’t improve the story. The horror could have mostly been implied, instead IMO.

    It’s a very difficult watch, but also very interesting.