10 Life Hacks For
10.Where isyourtime going?
» Analyze your calendar - pie chart of your time
» Use RescueTime
» How much time doing work vs. Facebook?
9. GTD Methodology
» Learn GTD (Getting Things Done) Methodology from
» Most people do not have a system for managing
» Many people still carry everything in their head
» Many different task lists around
» Experiment with the ones that work with you, and
learn to trust it
» My favorite is a variant of TaskPaper
7. Capture Ideasatthe RightTime
» The best ideas come at some really random times
-- Shower, in bed, at grocery store, etc.
» Pen and paper by the bed - I thought of this
presentation at 5.20am on Sunday!
» Email/call myself a task when I'm on the road
» Weekly sprint to plan week
» Daily "standup" to check task list
» Regular backlog grooming
5. Learnto Delegate
» If there is nothing to learn, and your
participation is non critical, delegate
» Not direct order, but maybe an opportunity for
someone more junior to learn?
» Delegate using SMART technique
-- Speciﬁc, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and
4. UseTools More Efﬁciently
» What are your mundane tasks?
» Common tools are so powerful, but underused most
of the time
» Learn keyboard shortcuts - how much can you do
without touching the mouse?
3. Structureyour day
» When do you work your best? Morning or Afternoon?
-- Structure the day accordingly
» Dedicated time for catching up with news/email
-- Then shut it all off while you work
» For creative/development time, make sure you take
-- Pomodoro Technique
» Set yourself an hourly rate based on your income
» For example, $50 per hour
» Would you pay $100 to attend that 2 hour meeting?
» The mind cannot function effectively without good
-- Sleep: Minimum of 8 hours
-- Exercise: Everyday
-- Food: Diet that improves your mental
» Don't be frightened to prioritize your health
-- Avoid the mindset that 80 hour work week makes
you a hero
--- 10. Where is your time going?
--- 9. GTD Methodology
--- 8. Task Organization
--- 7. Capture Ideas at the Right Time
--- 6. Apply Agile Principles to your day
--- 5. Learn to Delegate
--- 4. Use Tools More Efﬁciently
--- 3. Structure your day
--- 2. What's your hourly rate?
--- 1. Mind/Body Connection