deeper thoughts

Review of the 2 Minute Drill

TLDR; It’s hard to do things in 2 minute intervals.

A month ago, I shared my thoughts on trying to segment everyday tasks into executable 2 minute tasks. The goal was to get past the boring but necessary parts of life to enjoy the unique parts.

I learned that:

  • I’m impatient. I wanted to squeeze everything into 2 minute blocks. I’m asking myself, “why did I try and get everything done in 2 minutes?” This warrants reflection.
  • I struggle to make wise decisions in a 2 minute time span.
  • I was annoyed with beeping watch alarm.
  • I loved finishing tasks in 2 minutes.
  • Timing myself did not change my ability to task execution.

I killed the 2 minute drill and pulled in these tactics:

  • Ask myself if I can really accomplish task in 2 minutes. If yes, do it. If not, define next actions and best execution track.
  • Ditch the watch timer. I’m able to rely on my brain’s 2 minute estimation with confidence.
  • Plan times in the day devoid of 2 minute execution intervals. I do better by balancing “sprinting” execution with longer work intervals for creative & knowledge centric work.
  • Invest in mentally refreshing activities & experiences. Going on 1-2 hour road bike treks helps me come back engaged and ready to invest.

Self Teaching

I’m pulling an all nighter preparing to teach an “Intro to Servers” class with Girl Develop IT – Boulder.

How to Setup Bower Within Rails

After arguing for a Bower/Rails integration in Why Rails needs Bower, I want to show how Bower can be integrated within Rails.

The objective is for all JS/CSS tooling and libraries to be managed by Bower while still holding to a standard Rails MVC. In other words, we’ll still use Rails to render the view templates rather than moving to a Rails-API/Javascript templated frontend. All we’re doing is using Bower to govern the CSS and JS dependencies.

Example Rails app on Github


Why Rails Needs Bower

Part 1 of 2.

Summary: The rails stack should use Bower to manage JS/CSS assets and stop packaging assets in Rails Engines.

Stopping and Switching

I set lofty goals in January, and like many of you, I’ve gone after some goals, and nearly forgotten about half of them. These were not the typical new year’s resolution goals. They did not include “workout”, “spend more time with friends”, etc.