Switched to browser bookmarks from Pocket

I got annoyed by malformed articles in Pocket so I removed the app from tablet, smartphone and browser and switched to use browser (Chrome) bookmarks. Just created a _read bookmark directory to be it up in the order (due sort by title).

read bookmark directory

So now during my morning reading on tablet I use Chrome instead Pocket app.
While using Chrome I provide better analytics data for the article authors. If they share knowledge for free, they get some free statistics from me in return 🙂


How to find flow

​we can all develop our willpower and self-control by focusing on 3 steps.

1. Find your standards. Your standards are the reference points you’ll use to determine whether any action you’re going to take is desireable towards getting into a state of flow—so, whether you’re going to check your email (again) or hit your 1000 word count for the day.

2. Set up means for monitoring. Flow depends on immediate feedback and so does self control. Whatever your task, find ways to constantly monitor your performance and adjust as you continue.

3. Be wary of your energy. Our mental strength waxes and wanes throughout the day (which is why it’s so important to define your own work schedule around your energy). Understanding when you have more energy will help you stay in control and give you a better chance of entering a state of flow.

From https://zapier.com/blog/how-to-find-flow/

Hack into your flow

“The average business person spends less than 5% of their day in flow. If you could increase that to 15%, overall workplace productivity would double,”

“The brain can’t tell the difference between physical consequences and emotional risk,” says Kotler. “Taking social risks is the same as physical risks.”

“In Silicon Valley, the idea is to fail fast or fail forward,” he says. “If you’re not giving employees space to fail, you’re not giving them space to risk. Move fast and break things. Engage in rapid experimentation. High consequences will drive flow and you get further faster.”

From https://www.fastcompany.com/3031052/how-to-hack-into-your-flow-state-and-quintuple-your-productivity

Thanks Arch Linux for the kick to learn Docker

Thanks to Arch Linux and its rolling release strategy it comes with PHP 7.1 as default. After some months of having the following in /etc/pacman.conf

IgnorePkg = php php-apache php-gd php-intl php-mcrypt php-pgsql php-geoip php-cgi php-embed php-enchant php-fpm php-imap php-odbc php-phpdbg php-pspell php-snmp php-sqlite php-tidy php-xsl

I pushed myself to learn more and finally start creating some Dockerfiles for some legacy PHP projects.

Docker host vs. local host PHP

How many hours do we really need to work?

…​ a study that found managers couldn’t tell which of their employees worked 80 hours per week and who just pretended to work 80 hours. So if you’re overworking in the hopes of impressing your boss and landing a raise or a promotion, you may be wasting your time.

Studies have shown that working more hours increases your productivity only to a point. That point seems to be around 49 hours. So if you’re working 60-, 70-, or 80-hour weeks, it’s very unlikely your output is actually much more than you’d get done in a 50-hour week.

From http://blog.rescuetime.com/2017/05/09/how-many-hours-should-we-work


Here is a short list of important questions that lazy people ask of themselves that other people don’t:

Why am I doing this?

Why am I doing it this way?

What am I trying to get out of this?

Is this the best way to get this done?

What would happen if I didn’t do it at all?

The scary part of being lazy is it leaves you naked. You no longer have your insulating cone of busyness to make you feel productive. The work you do actually has to mean something in order to get done. Instead of relying on willpower you rely on drive.

From https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2007/05/08/the-laziest-solution-possible/