Here’s the thing: the more you do something, the more you continue to do it. And the more you continue to do it, the easier it becomes.
If you like an analog (paper) to-do list, might I recommend one of my to-do list templates? I’ve also got a context-based list template I’m about to release too!
I am a big fan of relational databases, having used them for many years now. I’m slowly trying to get my head wrapped around NoSQL options, and in fact have to work with CouchDB (now Couchbase) and Elastic Search at my job. But for most applications, I can ‘make sense’ of using a relational database over a non-relational one more often than not.
I’m also slowly getting into Node (server-side JS) more and more, but I haven’t dived completely in yet. So this article was very interesting to me, to get a broad overview of the options. Alex Young, the author, breaks up the various options this way (along with examples for each):
I’ve not included links to each on purpose. I think you should read the whole article if you’re interested, or at the least give Alex the inbound traffic out of courtesy and respect. 😉
He concludes by stating that even though there’s a strong anti-ORM (Object-Relational Mapping, an abstraction technique that turns relational database entries into objects) sentiment amongst the Node community, there are still some interesting projects like relational coming up.
He mentions briefly the progress that PostgreSQL has made (included by default when using Heroku), and also that MariaDB exists as a drop-in replacement for MySQL and has a non-blocking Node module. The comments are also sure to be a treasure-trove of implementation notes from others.
Based primarily on the works of Tony Schwartz, beginning with his quote “Manage your energy, not your time.”
The four energies we all have:
This article in particular then breaks down Physical Energy and what you can do to improve it. Sleep well, eat well, be at least a little active, and take breaks to renew yourself.
I created this rakefile of git tasks back when I was working with a dev team that relied heavily on rake. My reasoning was that since I was already doing
rake deploy:staging and the like all the time (they preferred Screwcap to Capistrano), I might as well do
rake git:merge_and_deploy too. This works especially well with a text expander or bash alias, where you can setup
rg: to expand to
rake git: or
rug: to become
rake username:git: if you want to further namespace out these functions.
The tools I use here also work well by themselves or in their own aliases. Use this collection as a starting point for further customizing your workflow, or use as is for a quick but complete solution.
Here are the libraries I used in this rakefile:
TLDR; I have made my own lists, which I’ve linked to here (again at bottom):
I have found that I like paper-based task management for my day-to-day work tasks. I don’t work on my phone, so as much as I love CARROT – my iOS task manager with an attitude – it doesn’t quite feel natural to try and keep up with my work tasks on my phone. Bigger stuff or more personal stuff that I can manage anytime I handle there. Read the rest of this entry »
Excellent for quickly tweeting snippets, especially if you don’t care about writing a full blog post like I usually do here.
Pulls up Twitter’s “Write a Tweet” page in a new window, so it’ll also work with Buffer’s extensions.
Kat (couldn’t find last name), writing for momheart.org
Here is what I realized: Patience has as much to do with our physical bodies as it does with our emotional and spiritual well being.
The blog is geared towards parents, but the lessons apply to everyone. Take care of yourself, or you won’t be able to control yourself.
Good article about rapid-prototyping websites, includes links to some very useful tools like Sass, Serve, and Susy.
Not mentioned but also extremely useful for local web design: LiveReload and CodeKit, both of which will dynamically compile/process your Sass, Less, CoffeeScript, etc. code AND live-refresh your browser window, every time you save changes to your working files. Why hit the refresh button a million times a day?
I have tried a great many of the apps listed here. Right now I’m trying Checkmark, but haven’t had it long enough to form an opinion. I’m also a big fan of Epic Win, and I’m in the process of working on a variation of the RPG-your-life concept, blending EW with Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Way book and Jerry Seinfeld’s calendar trick.