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Month: December 2013

Work at the right times

Work at the right times

I wanted to share a perfect example of how your mental state can impact the efficiency of work, and how taking advantage of that can have great benefits to work-at-home programmers: I had a couple fairly simple tasks to complete yesterday afternoon. they did not sound difficult, however after the Christmas holidays, I was not feeling at my best, and just could not wrap my head around what I knew should not be that difficult. My eyes were not able…

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My Work From Home Details

My Work From Home Details

As mentioned in the previous post, I feel that knowing yourself is key to setting up  a highly effective environment to work from home.  I had intended to list details of my specific work environment. But this post has become more of a stream-of-consciousness list of some high-level details and lessons learned over my first year of doing this. I probably should edit this to improve its clarity and organization, but I think I’ll leave it, and possibly expand on…

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The Importance of Self Awareness

The Importance of Self Awareness

One of the keys to being effective while working from home is to be aware of your own work ethic, style and preferences, enough that you can create the ideal working environment for yourself. This means more than something as simple as “I like to code until 1 AM, then sleep in.” It means knowing when you are being effective. It is easy to know when coding is going well, and equally easy to know when you are making no…

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Rekindling my writing

Rekindling my writing

I have had blogs off and on over the years, some of which received significant audiences, with a few notable posts over the years. However, the past 2 years, I have written nothing, and actually deleted most of my old content. I am now feeling that something is missing in my life. Despite the fact that blogs are not exactly the latest and greatest mechanism for online content creation, I find that a blog fulfills something important to me, namely writing. I…

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