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Compartmentalization helps with Deep Work

I had been trying to learn Solidity/Ethereum over the weekends for the past few months and the first 3-4 weekends were a drag as no matter what I do I wasnt able to focus and getting no where. The problem was not with motivation as I was trying to do it for many weeks but all I was able to do was read 100s of blog posts about it but not able to code anything.

Aparently I realized that on weekdays most of my work is in the "study" room whereas on weekend I was trying to do it in the living room. Now working in study on wekeend was an issue as it felt more like work than fun so last 2 weekends I tried changing the schedule and went 3 hours every Sunday to library with my son and while he was reading books I was coding in solidity.

I also had trouble writing code after 7:00 PM as I thought my brain was tired but last week I tried sitting in study around 10:00 -11:00 in night and boy I was able to focus and code.

Net Net I realized that:
"Having a consistent Routine help wit…
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Adventures of a nature lover - 5 national parks in 14 days

To unplug from work and recharge myself I do a 2-3 week trip every year where I am unplugged. Few of the reasons I can totally unplug from work is
Unlimited Vacation policy of Egnyte, Excellent support by the Infrastructure team Our ethos of pro-actively fixing issues before they become nuisance.
TLDR; It's a long post so you can scroll down and first see see images if you need motivation to read it entirely.

Me and my family like national parks and camping to recharge us as there is no cell phone  coverage in parks and you are completely unplugged from technology most of the times. We have done many of the national parks nearby and this year we want to see glacier national park as the glaciers may disappear in 10-15 years so see them before they are gone. Behind every successful trip is a "Trip planner" and for our family its my wife, she researched  and made a trip itinerary book.

She booked camp sites 6 months in advanceShe researched trails and as days are few she pres…

Consistency

Consistency is important as it makes people feel at home and instills trust in the brand. The iOS ecosystem makes it easy for people to transition from one device type to other because it has a consistent look and feel, actions and this way the brain doesn't have to apply any cognitive effort when moving from iPhone to iPad to a Mac.



I learned about Keynotopia recently and was enlightened by its application. I saw the transition of a bootstrapped Startup to a consistent Enterprise Startup and this is why I see the importance of consistency introduction in every department at Startup as early as possible.
The UX style needs to be consistent with the entire product line and a company-wide style guide maintained by the UX group is absolutely important from very early days of the Startup. Your button color, fonts, logos need to be consistent in each product and even company presentations. From the moment a customer lands on your Marketing website to the trial period to becoming an eng…

Embracing "Deep Work" for productivity

Do you have that feeling where you worked all day but at the end it feels like you got nothing done?  In past 7 years at Egnyte to reduce burnout every 6 months to an year I have to fight this constant productivity battle. I have accumulated several habits in the process to increase productivity, some of them are:-
Give yourself scheduled time: Allocate 3 hours for creative work, I had my calendar open whole day and I would get interviews and meeting scheduled randomly all over the day. When you are on a maker's schedule this is disastrous. I recently allocated 3 hours of calendar time and I reject meeting invite unless its absolutely urgent and I am contributing to it.Walk in middle of the day: by the middle of the day brain feels tired and I cant code or focus so I started 30 min walk. I tried listening to podcast or listening music on the walk but that felt more work so I stopped doing it. I just walk and think on the current problem on hand.5 minute rule: If you can finish the …

IPhone will beat DSLR in long run

I started taking interest in photography recently and have accumulated a decent amount of gear but I am realizing that the ease of taking out your phone and clicking picture will beat the DSLR in long run. A friend recently visited me from NY and we wanted to take a family picture and I was setting up Tripod and Flash and doing settings changes and he was like leave all this, lets take a Selfie and that’s it, in 2 second the picture was done and he shared it on facebook in another 1 second.  Now one can argue that DSLR would have clicked a better picture but DSLR has many things going against it:-
Learning curve : I must have spent 200+hours on reading about photography but still cant take decent pictures as my bar is high. Not everyone is interested in spending this much time.Amount of gear to be carried : On hikes its a pain to carry your DSLR whereas your phone has to be anyway with you.Cognitive effort of tweaking the gear: You have to have a different lens/settings for different s…

Docker Aha moment

I had read many articles about docker before but today was the day when I realized the aha moment.  I had designed database structure of a new application where different micro-services uses their own schemas and each can be located on its own server depending on the scale requirement. Locally I had kept them on same mysql host but on production it will be used on different Google CloudSQL instances.  The aha moment for me was when I was able to fire up multiple mysql containers and map them to a different port and do end to end testing of my sharding code all on local box.

All I had to do was

docker run -p 3306:3306 -d  gcr.io/xx-us/mysql:5.6
docker run -p 3307:3306 -d  gcr.io/xx-us/mysql:5.6
docker run -p 3308:3306 -d  gcr.io/xx-us/mysql:5.6
docker run -p 3309:3306 -d  gcr.io/xx-us/mysql:5.6
docker run -p 3310:3306 -d  gcr.io/xx-us/mysql:5.6
.....

and I had many mysql servers ready to be tested.   In the VM world I would not even had dared to start 5 vm on my laptop.