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<?php>Hello Worl...Ooh shiny! (2014.10.07-fredwebtech)

My time management discussion slides from the talk I gave at FredWebTech in Frederick, MD on 2014.10.07

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<?php>Hello Worl...Ooh shiny! (2014.10.07-fredwebtech)

  1. 1. <?php echo 'Hello Worl...Oooh, Shiny! Presented by Sean Prunka Sr. PHP Engineer Manalto www.Manalto.com
  2. 2. ✘Why are distractions bad?Why are distractions bad? ✘What can I do about it?What can I do about it?
  3. 3. Why are distractions such a bad thing?Why are distractions such a bad thing?024681012 Late Interruption Early Interruption Small Interruption Big Interruption Uninterrupted EfficiencyMetric* Time on Task *NB: Efficiency Metric uses imaginary data points
  4. 4. What distractions do we face? ● Unavoidable – Meetings – Email – Phone – Coworkers – Bosses – Mental Blocks – Task Switching ● Avoidable – FOMO! ● Twitter ● FaceBook ● IRC ● G+ ● Etc. – Self Inflicted ● Smoke breaks ● Playing Games ● Videos (YouTube!)
  5. 5. What distractions do we face? ● External – Meetings – Email – Phone – Coworkers – Bosses – Task Switching ● Internal – FOMO – Self Inflicted – Mental Blocks – Impostor Syndrome
  6. 6. So, how do we combat them? ● External – Put the phone on DND – Set aside a block of time specifically for follow-ups via phone, email, text, etc. – Schedule meetings early or late. – Adjust your own schedule to overlap with “business hours” – Project Switching ● Manage your time by devoting larger chunks of time to each project. – 2 Projects? ½ day each or every other day. – 3 or more? Split days in half and swap days.
  7. 7. Tips to combat downtime (2) ● Internal – FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) ● Block site ● Close tabs – Mental Blocks ● Improvise ● Take a break/walk ● Catch up on FOMO ● Reach out to the community for help. – Impostor Syndrome ● Pep Talks ● Mentors ● Community
  8. 8. FIND A “SECRET” WORK ZONE!
  9. 9. But I work remotely!
  10. 10. ✔Why are distractions bad?Why are distractions bad? ✔What can I do about it?What can I do about it?
  11. 11. Additional Resources Distractions: Jason Fried's TED talk “Why Work Doesn't happen At Work”: http://j.mp/12ED7C1 Codecraft post about Interruptions: http://j.mp/13zIuop Coding Horror post on Multi-Tasking: http://j.mp/10IG8za Impostor Syndrome: The blog article this talk was based upon (mine): http://j.mp/NNhX0d Laura Thomson’s blog post on Impostor Syndrome: http://j.mp/1gFPl4E Wikipedia article on Impostor Syndrome: http://j.mp/1d0UVO4 Mentors can be a big help too: http://j.mp/1d0V3x4
  12. 12. About Me: ● Sean Prunka – Sr. PHP Engineer for Manalto – 15+ yrs of PHP experience – ZCE PHP 5.3 ● Twitter: @sprunka ● Email – sprunka@gmail.com – sean.prunka@manalto.com

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My time management discussion slides from the talk I gave at FredWebTech in Frederick, MD on 2014.10.07

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