I’ve always enjoyed writing. I’ve also always enjoyed blogging, and have tried regularly to form a blogging habit. Over the past few months, I’ve managed to break several bad habits (eg: checking my emails on my mobile phone) as well as craft some wonderful new habits, such as a daily 5.5km walk with our beautiful puppy, Maddie. The one habit I’ve yet to (truly) form, is a blogging habit.
In re-reading the above paragraph, I take note of the first sentence above; in particular, they key-word, “writing”. Not all writing is blogging. Therefore, I’ve decided to reframe this goal from a “blogging habit” into a “writing habit”. That sounds like a much more realistic, and specific, goal. Continue reading
Just Effing Do It!
What a wonderful statement, that is. When you find yourself hesitating on a task… hey man, JFDI. If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place… hey, JFDI to the rescue. While this is great, I’m pretty certain there hasn’t yet been a singular definition given for this mantra.
I’ve had a few individual discussions recently, with several WooThemes colleagues, on the meaning of JFDI and, ultimately, trying to find out what the phrase means to them. While JFDI can carry many different meanings for different individuals or companies, I thought I’d share mine, and how I feel it applies to what I do.
A few weeks back, I gave a presentation at WordSesh 2013 where in I discussed the characteristics of a sustainable WordPress product. The key factors I touched on are the product’s ability to perform it’s prescribed tasks, and only it’s prescribed tasks, to the best of it’s ability, harmonising with other WordPress products and increasing in value with every other product which is activated on the WordPress installation.
Here are my slides from the presentation.
Almost 2 years ago, I blogged about how email is broken and that we’re all using it incorrectly. Mostly, I was referring to the sending of unnecessarily large files over email, not so much about the day to day use of email.
Every day this week, thus far, my email client has remained closed between 9am and 12pm. Closed. Every day.
I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about email, how we use it and what it’s true purpose should be. At times, I’ve felt like my inbox controls me, rather than me controlling my inbox. Hence the periodic closure. Before you throw your hands up in disgust (“OMG! How dare you close your email?!”), let me jump into my email routine, as it stands today. Continue reading
I firmly believe that anything is possible and that we should rethink the concept of “the impossible”. Sometimes, the end goal may just take a few steps longer than others, to achieve.
Contrasted to that, I like to see things get done now. Just git-r-dooooone. Generally, I don’t find this too tricky to achieve, as I’m used to the environment in which many of my day-to-day goals reside (code, WordPress, products, value). Having a firm grasp of one’s surroundings makes goal setting and achieving far easier.
My mom always says, I perform best when I’m at the top of my class. Bear in mind, I was a C-average student in school. I believe what my mom means, here, is that I perform best when I’m feeling confident in what I’m doing, and my knowledge of the topic and surroundings. Continue reading
I’m a “lists” person. Give me a to-do list any day and I’ll make quick work of getting it from A to Z. Having a to-do list helps me feel like I’m in-check and on top of whatever I’m working on. More so than my love of lists, though, is my love of checking items off of a list. I love it. I can regularly be found planning out my to-do list for the day, as my first task when I start work in the morning, and I’m sure to check off each item from my list as I go, as well as updating any task reporting tools with the task I’ve just completed (at the moment, we use iDoneThis over at Woo- it’s pretty awesome).
As can be inferred by my love of lists, I like routines. Routines, however small and un-impactful, mean that in some small way, I know what’s coming next (and thus, can do any necessary preparation- either physical or mental). Some may refer to this as a comfort zone.
I grew up when tape decks were still a thing. When I was even younger than that, I have memories of using our old turntable in the lounge and putting on whatever record my parents we’re listening to at the time (most often Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band by The Beatles… what an awesome album).
With a tape deck, one had to fast-forward or rewind through all the other songs to arrive at the song of choice. While there were some tape decks that were intelligent enough to know when a song was finished, I don’t remember these catching on too well.
Much like a cassette tape or a record being played through from the start, a Git tree is, at its essence, the same; a record of commits, controlled by a playhead. These commits are “played” onto the tree in a specified order. Continue reading
I am so blessed. I wake up every day and do what I love, with folks I genuinely love & care for. These folks are all incredibly talented far beyond comprehension and are constantly coming up with awesome new ideas, as the business skyrockets upwards. We encourage any and all ideas and create a backlog in which we store all of our thoughts. With so much excitement, energy and innovation, I’m sure you can all imagine how full this product backlog is. If you can’t imagine it, just imagine a very full backlog of awesome ideas.
Having so many ideas running around, it’s often difficult to maintain a focus on the bigger product strategy. While working towards the bigger strategic items, other scenarios often get in the way, defocussing from the greater goal; The Prize.
This year’s WordCamp in Cape Town was an absolute blast. Hosted at the Cape Town Stadium, we spent the day sharing knowledge, journeys and experiences with close to 400 delegates. I was fortunate to present alongside some really amazing speakers, and to discuss a topic I am extremely passionate about; adding sustainable value (and what sustainable value really means).
If you’re keen to find out more, below are my slides from the day.
I look forward to presenting on this topic a lot more, showing how sustainable value applies to the WordPress product development community and presenting at future WordCamps and WordPress meet-ups. Thanks for having me, WordCamp Cape Town 2013!
Hey everyone, it’s been a while, right?
While sitting here at Pressnomics 2013, I was fortunate to be in the front row for a very energetic session given by Bill Belew around how to beat anyone at anything every time. This kind of content is exactly the kind of session I love.
I love the idea that anyone can do anything at any time and do it better than anyone else, “on demand”. Bill’s passion for this statement resonates with me.
One emphasis of Bill’s session was what I’d deem his catch-phrase; “just hit the ‘Publish’ button”. This is a great statement. Create awesome content, regularly, and share it with the world. Continue reading