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Presented by Sean Prunka
Sr. PHP Developer
The Hacker Academy

www.HackerAcademy.com
✘Why are distractions bad?
✘What can I do about it?
8
4

6

Late Interruption
Early Interruption
Small Interruption
Big Interruption
Uninterrupted

2
0

Efficiency Metric*

1...
What distractions do we face?
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Unavoidable
– Meetings
– Email
– Phone
– Coworkers
– Bosses
– Mental Blocks
– Task Switch...
So, how do we combat them?
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External
– Put the phone on DND
– Set aside a block of time
specifically for follow-ups via
...
Tips to combat downtime (2)
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External
– Project Switching
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Manage your time by
devoting larger chunks
of time to each p...
FIND A “SECRET”
WORK ZONE!
But I work remotely!
✔Why are distractions bad?
✔What can I do about it?
(pause)
(breathe)
(questions?)
HELP! I Don’t Know What I’m Doing!
(shh, yes you do.)
T he System 638: Exper ts
Used by permission of the creator: Rosscott Nover (@Rosscott)
Taken from his website: http://www...
Fear vs. Reality
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I can’t even remember the right syntax
for substr() w/o PHP.net

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That test was *easy* I pa...
T he System 355: Exper ts
Used by permission of the creator: Rosscott Nover (@Rosscott)
Taken from his website: http://www...
Additional Resources
Distractions:

Jason Fried's TED talk “Why Work Doesn't happen At Work”: http://j.mp/12ED7C1
Codecraf...
About Me:
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Sean Prunka
–

Sr. PHP Developer for MAD Security, LLC

–

15+ yrs of PHP experience

–

ZCE PHP 5.3

–

Plea...
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Being productive is all about being in the zone. There are many distractions from that goal, both internal and external. This talk will give you several tips and tricks of the trade to avoid those distractions that are avoidable and tactics to mitigate the effects of those that are unavoidable.

Some of the concepts touched upon include: remote working, co-working, office hours, meeting schedules, the fear of success and the fear of failure.

This isn't a PHP specific talk!

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  1. 1. <?php echo 'Hello Worl...Oooh, Shiny! Presented by Sean Prunka Sr. PHP Developer The Hacker Academy www.HackerAcademy.com
  2. 2. ✘Why are distractions bad? ✘What can I do about it?
  3. 3. 8 4 6 Late Interruption Early Interruption Small Interruption Big Interruption Uninterrupted 2 0 Efficiency Metric* 10 12 Why are distractions such a bad thing? 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. 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” ● Internal – Impostor Syndrome ● Pep Talks ● Mentors ● Community – FOMO ● Block site ● Close tabs
  6. 6. Tips to combat downtime (2) ● External – 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. ● Internal – Mental Blocks ● Improvise ● Take a break/walk ● Catch up on FOMO ● Reach out to the community for help.
  7. 7. FIND A “SECRET” WORK ZONE!
  8. 8. But I work remotely!
  9. 9. ✔Why are distractions bad? ✔What can I do about it?
  10. 10. (pause) (breathe) (questions?)
  11. 11. HELP! I Don’t Know What I’m Doing! (shh, yes you do.)
  12. 12. T he System 638: Exper ts Used by permission of the creator: Rosscott Nover (@Rosscott) Taken from his website: http://www.systemcomic.com/
  13. 13. Fear vs. Reality ● ● ● ● I can’t even remember the right syntax for substr() w/o PHP.net ● That test was *easy* I passed because it was just common sense. One day, they will figure out that I’m a fraud and fire me. Luck has gotten me this far, what if my luck runs out? ● ● No one remembers all the syntax for every function. That’s why auto-complete exists in IDEs and that’s why PHP.net is so well documented. I *earned* my ZCE. I am the go-to guy at my company for PHP, MySQL, and even JavaScript. I would not have been asked to speak at this meeting if I were a fraud.
  14. 14. T he System 355: Exper ts Used by permission of the creator: Rosscott Nover (@Rosscott) Taken from his website: http://www.systemcomic.com/
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. About Me: ● Sean Prunka – Sr. PHP Developer for MAD Security, LLC – 15+ yrs of PHP experience – ZCE PHP 5.3 – Please rate this talk on Joind.in ● Twitter: @sprunka ● Email – sprunka@gmail.com – sprunka@madsecurity.com

Being productive is all about being in the zone. There are many distractions from that goal, both internal and external. This talk will give you several tips and tricks of the trade to avoid those distractions that are avoidable and tactics to mitigate the effects of those that are unavoidable. Some of the concepts touched upon include: remote working, co-working, office hours, meeting schedules, the fear of success and the fear of failure. This isn't a PHP specific talk!

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