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Three new experimental life hacks

Three new experimental life hacks I’m instituting today:

  • Waiting until 6 am to begin working. For a while now (year or more), I’ve been waking up anywhere between 3:30 and 4:30, and diving right into work. Needless to say, this is a recipe for sleep deprivation during the week. By forcing myself to wait until 6 am to work, I’m (hopefully) forcing myself to sleep another 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Only using Slack through the web browser. Rather than follow every community all the time, I’m only going to open each Slack organization as it’s relevant to what I’m working on. As far as distractions go, Slack is the new Twitter.
  • Using Focus to limit access to distracting websites and apps. I probably should’ve done this a while back. I’d much rather have 7.5 really productive hours in the day, than 10 moderately productive ones.

Status

We’re using Github issues for all of our projects, but I still like Remember The Milk as the interface for deciding what I need to work on next. It would be neat if the two worked together.

An issue assigned to me in Github would produce a new inbox task in Remember The Milk (if one didn’t already exist with the issue in the URL field). I could then list, prioritize, and give a due date as needed. Completing the task in Remember The Milk would complete the issue in Github (and vice versa).

Automattic’s hidden tricks

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A tribute to Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk, you are my first and last task management tool. I have tried others, but they were not the same. You are the epitome of web application. When others change their interface seemingly on a monthly basis, your beautiful design hasn’t change as long as I’ve subscribed to your services. We first met […]

New standing desk setup for PIE

It’s the return of the IKEA bar table… again! This is now my third. IKEA no longer stocks the Leksvik, so it’s on to the BJÖRKUDDEN and corresponding stool. Pros: cheap; almost the right height; stool works fine. Cons: smaller desk space; stool isn’t as comfortable as an actual chair. I also purchased an Ergotron monitor arm, […]

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Daniel Bachhuber

Proud father and husband. Principal, @handbuiltco. Maintainer, @wpcli. Sales, @rtcamp.