All posts by Mark Jacobsen

Remote Work Q&A, Part 2

This part may be even better than Part 1. Love the commentary on shared calendars and documenting over meetings.

https://share.transistor.fm/s/2a0efd93

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On Digital Minimalism and Pandemics

Read the entire post, but it boils down to…

Check one national and one local new source each morning. Then – and this is the important part – don’t check any other news for the rest of the day. Presumably, time sensitive updates that affect you directly will arrive by email, or phone, or text.

Distract yourself with value-driven action; lots of action. Serve your community, serve your kids, serve yourself (both body and mind), produce good work. Try to fit in a few moments of forced gratitude, just to keep those particular circuits active.

https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2020/03/13/on-digital-minimalism-and-pandemics/

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Remote Work Q&A, Part 1

Great podcast on the transition to remote work from some of the guys that have been doing it for years. Strongly recommend anyone working remotely, especially managers or “leaders”, listen.

https://share.transistor.fm/s/afeec331

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The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work | Miro

In the current remote work age there are a number of guides popping up out there with good tips/tricks. I thought this one was pretty good. Mostly management focused, but the last 3 sections are more employee focused.

https://miro.com/guides/remote-work/

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Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

Love him or hate him it’s an interesting little history lesson…

“Even as hundreds of thousands of users expressed their disapproval of News Feed, their behavior indicated the opposite.”

“I just think I take more chances, and that means I get more things wrong,”

https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-lost-notebook/

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The Day We Stopped Sprinting

An interesting take on a different approach to Agile.

“We get better results faster when we help new agile teams begin with a flow-based approach rather than sprints.”

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/day-we-stopped-sprinting-joshua-kerievsky/

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Marc Andreessen’s Guide to Personal Productivity

Yes, it’s an older post, but still some interesting ideas. Like he says, they may not be for everyone (including himself), but there may be something of use. I may even try the index card thing…

https://pmarchive.com/guide_to_personal_productivity.html

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The Motivation Manifesto

Our challenge is that we have been conditioned to believe the opposite of these things – that bold action or swift progress is somehow dangerous or reckless. But a certain degree of insanity and recklessness is necessary to advance or innovate anything, to make any new or remarkable or meaningful contributions. What great thing was ever accomplished without a little recklessness? So-called recklessness was required for the extraordinary to happen: crossing the oceans, ending slavery, rocketing man into space, building skyscrapers, decoding the genome, starting new businesses, and innovating entire industries. It is reckless to try something that has never been done, to move against convention, to begin before all conditions are good and preparations are perfected. But the bold know that to win, one must first begin. They also deeply understand that a degree of risk is inevitable and necessary should there be any real reward. Yes, any plunge into the unknown is reckless – but that’s where the treasure lies.

From The Motivation Manifesto

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Screens, Social Media, and Middle School Kids

Personally, I’m a huge fan of our middle school principal and his measured and thought provoking commentary on what is happening in the school. This is just a snippet from a recent newsletter, but thought it worthwhile to share:

We notice how much of the drama and struggle kids have at school is linked directly to the time and influences they are getting from social media, edgy television, and interactive gaming when those things go unmonitored. I can’t tell you how many friendship break-ups happen in 5th and 6th grade because someone insulted someone else while playing Fortnite! I can’t tell you how many issues that would have been forgotten by 4pm but have grown into anxiety because kids continue the petty conversations through their texting apps and social media late into the night. I can’t tell you how many parents seek the school to fix these things or label other people’s kids as “the problem” when the real problem is any kids having unlimited access to interactive technology when their brain is not developed enough to deal with it. This is a societal problem.

Something I can tell you, is I believe as parents we’re all trying to do our best. I can also tell you that no child is born mean. Kids just aren’t ready for all that we’ve allowed them access to, because it’s so darn intriguing (and designed to addict us all).

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Stevey’s Google Platforms Rant

I don’t recall how this gem of an article came to my attention recently, but even though it is now 8 years old it is still amazingly relavent. If you are at all invovled in writing software I would strongly encourage reading this and taking it to heart.

https://gist.github.com/chitchcock/1281611

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