I’m sipping three shots of coffee from my AeroPress this morning. I have a hunch it’ll be necessary.
As any barista will tell you, switching coffee shops isn’t hard. The job really only involves somewhere between six and eight discrete physical motions.
Learning a new job is simply a matter of reorienting your muscle memory to recognize a different set of tools […] Professional development is really about figuring out how to perform these six-to-eight movements at an ever-increasing pace, perhaps with some degree of style.
While the “six-to-eight movements” portion isn’t relevant everywhere, these highlights are great to remember when you’re starting with anything: photography, productivity, WordPress, or even card magic. :)
Beautiful nuances in your methods will emerge throughout your progress. Build your speed slowly, and the rest—including speed and flourishes—will follow.
A couple of days ago, Alan Henry posted on Lifehacker, “How to See If Your VPN Is Leaking Your IP Address (and How to Stop It)“. I’m happy to say Cloak VPN passes.1
- I’m subscribed to the Mini Plan (5 GB/month) for $2.99, and automatically enable Cloak when away from home because Verizon Wireless injects perma-cookies to track mobile customers. ↩
Today, I chalk up another great year with Automattic. I’m still stoked to be here!
Attempts to resuscitate my first Thunderbolt Display failed, so I got another one. I stepped down as squad lead of Terms of Service to offer the opportunity to someone else. In mid July, I took off for a week due to burn out. (It was overdue.) Core Happiness was split into dedicated teams. The ToS squad “morphed” into team Justitia, and our response times are lower because we’ve grown by a few more Happiness Engineers. Our team also started experimenting with project weeks, where I was proud to be the first guinea pig. (It coincided with the series of posts, “A Day in the Life of a Happiness Engineer”.) We’re on our second round, and the idea is catching onto other Happiness teams. I’m into GTD more than before, and I’m still using Things.
Least importantly, I went as long as two months without a haircut. :)
Travel & Events
- San Francisco, CA — Terms of Service & Legal Meetup
- Budapest, Hungary — Write The Docs (conference)1, Happiness Engineer On–boarding Meetup
- Playa del Carmen, Mexico — Workflow Learnup
- Playa del Carmen, Mexico — Terms of Service Docs Meetup
- WordCamp Los Angeles
- Park City, UT — Grand Meetup
- San Francisco, CA — UserConf
- Puerto Rico — Justitia Team Meetup
I’m interested to see how shifting my work schedule will further reduce response times over the weekend, and how it’ll affect the quality of my free time with Amy. Starting on the 24th, instead of Monday thru Friday, I’ll work from Tuesday thru Saturday. The quieter Slack channels on the weekend should allow me to fully focus on smashing our queues. :)
I also wrote my goals for 2015 a few weeks ago, which include the following:
- Increase my comfort with DMCA and trademark notices. For example, I mentioned a fair use analysis the other day. Nailed it. :star:
- Rotate with Team Cerberus for a couple of weeks to focus on WordPress.com–related questions. (Yay for regular tickets!) It’ll happen in March.
- Publish 144 posts on my blog in 2015, or average 12 posts per month.2 I’m on track so far. :star:
- Publish three posts for WordPress.com Transparency Report News.
- Stick with iterating with Happiness Engineer on–boarding duties, which we call “D’OH” (Developing Our Happiness).
On that note, enjoy this clip of Kevin Nealon’s character in the movie, Happy Gilmore. This might be a stretch, but if you listen to his wacky message, it seems relevant to Happiness Engineers. ;)
Previously: Two Years as a Happiness Engineer
Watching my first NFL game of the season with a few friends. (Hah.) I hope it’ll be interesting.
I sold my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens to a buyer on Craigslist. I haven’t used it regularly in a long time, and preferred it live with someone who does.
I’ll always remember our moments together, old friend. Fare thee well.
I wrote a lengthy fair use analysis on an internal work P2. I’ve done it before. However, when I read, say, or type “fair use analysis,” my breathing becomes shallow. How could I feel confident in my abilities to make that analysis coherent and logical? My colleagues are much more knowledgable than myself.
Or, it could totally be my lizard brain, a concept which Seth Godin mentions in his book, Linchpin: Are you Indispensable?
I obviously want to do well, and I’m not alone. I’ve been told many times that I’m capable of it, which is probably one of the reasons why I’m hard on myself.
The other day, I read an article by Harvard Business Review titled, “How to Handle Stress in the Moment.” I’d like to quote a passage:
“When you feel anxious, your breath starts to get shorter, shallower, and more irregular,” says Gonzalez. “Taking three big breaths while being conscious of your belly expanding and contracting ignites your parasympathetic nervous system, which induces a relaxation response.”
If you’re tense, you’re more likely to make mistakes.
In order to do my job well, be the best person I possibly can for my wife, and be the best example for my peers, I have to relax.
I’m reminding myself publicly: don’t forget to breathe. Deeply.
If you’re reading this, please know that you’ll do great, and tell others the same. Life beats us down way too often, so let’s do our best to bring each other up.