Mark Boulton - "Outing the Mind: Designing for the Chaos"
at Ampersand Conf 2011
Our guest this week is David Heinemeier Hansson, aka DHH. He joins us to talk through the past, present, and future of Ruby on Rails — the most beloved web application framework in the Ruby community.
Aaron Gustafson describes adaptive design as layering on the experience. He likens it to a peanut M&M. Jenn Lukas has noticed that going “all-in” on a technology or approach could make things more difficult in the long run.
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If you ever were to take a week or a month and keep track of how you truly spend your time every day, you might cry a little bit on the inside.
Many times the most important things we should be doing are ones which also feel mundane and tedious in the moment. And so we often distract ourselves from important work to do instead whatever seems more interesting or urgent in the moment.
There is more than one way to help us keep on track with doing our most important work day in and day out. And it goes beyond just white-knuckle focus and ripping our internet cable out of the wall.
It can be helpful to know what our high-level goals/values are for each day. And then we have a plumb line
to see if the tasks we are doing fit into the big picture.
For example: many people have a goal of writing every day. Which is great. But what’s the high-level value that writing every day fits into? Is it the value of making progress on their book? Is it the value of improving their writing skills? Is it the value of getting better as a communicator?
For me, I have three work values for how I spend my time. When I am “at work” I want to either be building, maintaining, or resting.
Building is doing work with the future in mind. This includes coming up with new ideas (many of which we’ll never even act on, but that’s okay), clarifying plans for a current project, making tangible progress on projects that haven’t yet shipped, learning something new, etc.
Maintaining is doing the work with today in mind. Such as checking my email, updating WordPress, writing show notes, etc. This is the day-to-day work that is vital to be done, but in and of itself usually isn’t a significant contributor to the growth of my business and my creativity.
Resting is simply taking a break from the work. Albert Einstein said: “Although I have a regular work schedule, I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head. If my work isn’t going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination.”
All three of these are important, and each one goes in and out of its season of being the most important. For example, in the fall of 2014 I spent a lot of my time focusing on the building of the new Tools & Toys. Then, once the new website launched, all my time went to maintaining the site. Now that it has settled in, I’m once again back to focusing mostly on building our next project.
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A conversation with writer and podcaster Shawn Blanc about building his career as a blogger, connecting with people through the internet, and finding meaning in his tools, from coffee makers to computers.
Dr. James Peterson welcomes Dr. Adolph Reed, outspoken professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. Reed says that online media is contributing to an American "idiocracy." The two discuss a better "payback" plan than reparations and whether or not protests over police conduct are a movement with staying power, or just a reaction. (Music by Taylor Rivelli)
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Debug is a casual, conversational interview show featuring the best developers in the business about the amazing apps they make and why and how they make them. On this episode Don Melton, former Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, and Nitin Ganatra, former Director of iOS Apps at Apple, talk about managing deadlines, development cycles, and shipping software. In memory of Jordan Breeding. Support our sponsors: Get $50 off any mattress from casper.com/debug by using promo code debug. Get $5 your first order from harrys.com by using promo code DEBUG.
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