Embrace boredom to train your brain to sustain focus when working on demanding tasks
The start of a new year is a great time to work on self-improvement, but unless you take the right steps, your New Year resolutions might not stick.
Hyperfocus will teach you how to concentrate effectively and let your mind wander to reach creative insights.
iOS 14 introduces Widgets, a feature that makes it incredibly easy to get distracted.
The quality of your focus time is directly proportional to your value in the market. Become Indistractable to maximize it.
Social media can be a valuable source of news and interactions, or a disruption to our focus. The difference is in how we approach using these technologies.
A collection of ways to run a single test or a subset of tests using Xcode.
"You take care of your tools, your tools take care of you."
Professional chefs keep their benches clean because clutter will get in the way of their work. Software developers should do the same.
A running list of the top 10 most impactful books on productivity I've encountered so far
I realized I was on a path to remove time for reflection from my life, mainly by filling every available moment with podcasts and audiobooks. These are the steps I'm taking to cultivate more solitude, and the benefits I'm already seeing.
Digital minimalists believe that clutter is costly and optimization is important. Let me show you how these ideas apply to software development as well.
The best thing you can do as a software developer is not writing code, but removing it. Here's why.
My notes and quotes from The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
Using the terminal might seem slow and cumbersome because every command needs to be typed. Learn how to drastically reduce the amount of typing you have to do by configuring aliases for your most used commands, making them only a few keystrokes long.
In "On Writing" Stephen King shares invaluable lessons for aspiring novelists which can be applied to software development too.
What does it take to be productive? What does it event mean? Here's a introduction to the pillars of productivity, with many resources to start from.
Leveraging "snippets" is a way to get faster at writing code and free mental resources for problem solving. Most IDEs and text editor offer this feature, where you can write code scaffolding with a keyboard shortcut.
One of the best things you could do to improve as a software developer is constantly investing in your terminal setup and skills.
A way to identify the areas of code to refactor with the highest return of investment using the "focusing question" technique.
Working with Xcode and Xcode-beta on the same machine can sometimes be confusing, this post shares some tools to help make it less so.
Every project can benefit from having a set of scripts to automate tasks such as running tests or distributing to testers. When setting up automation for your projects you can use a language agnostic setup. This will make it easier for new team members to get started, and allow you to change the setup without having to change the way the scripts are invoked.
How to configure Xcode to automatically set the version and build number of your projects using Git.
Like good chefs keep their benches clean to make delicious dishes all day long in the restaurants' kitchens, so good developer keep their codebase clean. It all comes down to little habits, the result of which when summed up together is a tidy, clean and easy to maintain software.
An introduction to the XVim plugin, that adds most Vim keybindings and features to the Xcode IDE, and how this can make you more productive as a developer.
At mokacoding we're big on automation, and we eat our own dog's food! The workflow to write and send new issues of our newsletter, mokacoding weekly, is (partially) automated thanks to some simple Ruby scripting and Mac command line utilities.
How many times when working on a Mac OSX or iOS app with a team have you had a merge conflict on the project.pbxproj file? I guess more than a few, a lot more than a few. Lucky for you there is an handy tool called xUnique that will make the chances of this happening way smaller.
Keyboard shortcuts are easies way to start increasing your productivity. Let's look at how to run tests in Xcode without ever touching the mouse.
Rake, the Ruby build utility, can lift off all the typing involved in running the Cucumber/Calabash acceptance tests, saving us a lot of typing time.
By implementing these 5 small habits you'll kickstart your 2015 and become a better software developer.
Some time ago I learned the hard way that I shouldn't work on Fridays. I've been applying an alternative schedule to my week, and it's working out pretty well.