prioritizing time

I’m certainly guilty of using human’s top hit excuse, I do not have the time for that at the moment. Well, now I have arguably more time than before. Probably a good time to revisit the snooze history, yeah?

mental wellness#

I’m enrolling myself in an online course by Yale: The Science of Well-Being . I don’t quite remember how I came across this course, but the title is just too catchy to be missed.

Despite my mediocre grades in school, I used to worry about my career in the big picture a lot. Now, however, that isn’t really the case. I’m fairly confident and happy to be where I am at career wise.

With the benefit of hindsight, I’m increasingly more convinced that I have made justifications “in the name of career” with the cost of mental health. I’m taking this time to revisit my decisions and learn from them.

catching up with friends#

I’m slowly realizing that my list of “yeah we follow each other on social but don’t really talk” is consistently growing. Ideally, I would like to upgrade the majority of them to “oh yeah I just talked with them last month, I’m excited for [something they are currently working on]”.

Some people may reject the invitation and that’s totally okay. That’s the cost I’m willing to pay to find out the ones silently excited to accept invitations.

I think it is a considerably good time for this, because no matter how physically close we are, we will have to do it virtually anyway .

learning human factors#

Looking at the meta level, I am also beginning to think that most people want to do the right thing. Being in a competitive environment makes it easy for human to label others as “incompetent” when mistakes happen.

But is that really fair?

After months of dwelling on this concept, I ended up on a book called Behind Human Error . The sneak peek: the label human error often becomes the catch-all justification when things go wrong when it should have been a placeholder to discuss why it made sense for the said human to do what they did.

Some other interesting resources on this topic:

fast web applications#

I’m working on a side project (let’s hope this is not how I jinx myself) which eventually I intend to consume and publish.

In short: I find the setup for this blog to be simple and easy – as someone who writes software for a living. I don’t think I can expect anyone without prior web development experience to enjoy figuring out the setup for GitHub pages.

I want to bring (push?) this experience further for anyone comfortable enough to use Facebook or Twitter. Not necessarily a blog engine, more of a website for showcase.

Now in product lingo: fast (static) web pages, heavily opinionated, focus on content. Imagine Marie Kondo becomes a consultant for Wordpress PMs, while Larry Page watches the presentation waiting to shout, “one one-thousand” . Alternatively, try to experience the fast load of DEV Community or Basecamp and imagine that for your own site.

For you nerds reading this: Rails, Turbolinks, CDN.

I wish you well and safe in this pandemic period. Let me know if any of these resonates with you!