I was suffering from lack of concentration later in the workday, until I stumbled upon the Pomodoro focusing technique. I’ve been a lot more productive and in a better mood since I started using this two weeks ago:
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are known as “pomodori”, the plural of the Italian word pomodoro for “tomato”.
The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.
I created an AutoHotkey script that uses timers and a global hot-key I set for WinAmp to automatically stop and start the music after instructing me to work / have a break. It works really well for me.
From 2007, but a great video full of advice, and a fantastic example of pechakucha 20×20 presentation style.
The ad policy is what is costing publishers millions of dollars – the ad blockers are what keep the readership from leaving the site! #
Steve Gibson pointed me to a guide to setting your desired privacy level in Windows 10. This version of Microsoft’s operating system follows the ‘always socially connected’ footsteps of smartphones and therefore makes privacy assumptions. Using this guide you can check if they match your expectations.
This morning I integrated our PowerShell processes into FogBugz by writing a small module that submits occurrences of all errors to BugzScout. You might want to do something similar so I did this write-up.
Broadly it works similar to BugzScoutLogWriter that I developed previously for integration with SilverStripe CMS. In this case however, we need to do the following things:
- Set the script to stop on all errors so they can be trapped instead of ending the execution of the script.
- Capture the error details and submit them to FogBugz
- Have an error occur. 😉
I’ve published the code in a Gist for you a have a look. I include the function in every script I use.