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Month: October 2020

October reads

I haven’t done the monthly reads for a really long time, but as I’ve recently purchased a kindle ebook reader, and along with new uni year, I have made through quite a lot of good books this past month. I guess they might be worth sharing.

1. Invisible Influence: the hidden forces that shape behaviour by Jonah Berger

This one was on one my unit’s reading list, and Im positively surprised on how good it is! Really good insights on people’s behaviour.

Unfortunately had to give it back to the library quickly, as other student has requested it (which is why I invested in the kindle reader 🙊 )
Definitely will borrow it again in the future though!

2. Inclusive design patterns by Heydon Pickering

If you want to design for EVERYONE in mind, this is the book to read. Nicely written with good examples. Some parts may be a little tiny bit dated, but still very good resource.

I have this one in PDF, so it will stay with me for longer 😈

3. Progressive web apps by Jason Grigsby

The first encounter with this book I had after Work in the Web workshop, when Sam. has gave me the link to it ( thank u Sam!) It was really good to go back to it again (again, it’s on one of the unit’s reading list)
Progressive web apps are the future, so it will only do you good to know something about them.
The book itself is really easy to read. I think I went through it in 2 evenings.

4. Influence, impact, succeed- a practical guide to NLP for work by Dianne Lowther

Got this from amazon books (perks of being a student and having 6 months free prime account). I have learnt a lot about peoples behaviour and how others may impact your decisions. Knowledge like this can not only help you succeed in your goals, but also make you aware of how others may be using said influence on you – for their plans.

Have you read anything lately? Let me know!

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My top tips to stay on top of your life and don’t go crazy

Hello, beautiful people of the internet. How’s the life going?
Mine, as you can probably deduct from lack of posts in the recent months, is very busy, engaging and demanding. New job, second year of uni, very active 4 year old and a global pandemic on top of all that!
But I don’t write that as an excuse or for someone to pat me on the back.

If you’ve ever thought how on Earth I am able to manage working, attending full-time uni and taking care or a child… the truth is- sometimes I don’t. You can’t give 100% of yourself to all of those things at once. (Ok, maybe a Wonder Woman could, but I’m definitely not her.) You need to choose where you need to be most, but sometimes things slips through…
It’s so easy to feel like there is too much going on around, and a cartoony steam will go out of your ears any minute now… Instant access and constant flow of various information adds up to the mix.
And that’s why I’ve written down my go to solutions to reduce stress-load to a minimum. I hope it will be helpful to someone.

Here are my top tips to stay on top of your life and don’t go crazy:

1. Write it down. – Mental load is a real thing. Writing things down helps me reduce the amount of information I need to remember in my head. Whether it’s a shopping list, to do list or some random ideas. Format doesn’t matter, as long as you know where to look for it later on. After years of sticking to my notebook, I switched to Microsoft’s To Do app. It has a lovely interface, is fully customisable and I can share my lists with others if I wish to. If you’re after a nice planning app, I recommend giving it a go!

2. Stop micromanaging. – As a perfectionist and a OCD sufferer, I struggle with this a lot, especially at home. But in all honesty, done is better than perfect. Other people are capable to complete tasks too.

3. Prioritise. – There are only 24 hours in a day. Sometimes you just can’t complete all your tasks. Here is where tip 1 comes in handy. Create a todo list and group them (or underline, highlight etc. You set the rules) by their priority. There are things that needs to be done, are stuff that can wait a day or two.

4. Learn to say no. – My weekly dynamics has changed a lot recently, due to my change of job. As a result, I got into a habit of over-planning my weekends. I’d schedule play dates, meetings with friends, weekly house cleaning, weekly shopping…all into two days. Sunday evening came, and instead of feeling rested and ready for another busy week, I was exhausted!
I learned from my mistakes, and now some weekends are SLOW.

Do you have any tips to stay on track? Share with me!

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