Tips for being productive on GitHub

I spend much of my day interacting with GitHub in one form or another as part of my day job, even though I’m not working at Automattic as a software developer. Between coding little scripts to make me more efficient, and managing or contributing to work-related projects, I use GitHub daily. This is why I…

A vague Notion of a more productive system

I spent a little time in my Pocket recommendations, and found this great post by Marie Poulin titled “One Tool To Rule Them All” and her, and her partner’s search for a more effective, more complete productivity solution. Along the way, she considered Bullet Journals. I wanted to get on the bullet journal bandwagon, but…

When Automatticians meet up

Being a distributed team has its challenges (and loads of benefits, too). We meet up with our teams at least once a year in person (last year our team met up in Rome), and the whole company meets up once a year for our Grand Meetup. Aside from these meetups, Automatticians also meet up in…

A desperate plea to MS Office lovers everywhere

Dear MS Office lover Although I don’t see the appeal*, I understand that you love using Microsoft Office for your daily tasks. It seems like pretty good software, and if it helps you become more efficient, then that’s terrific. Anyhoo, I’ve noticed that many of you have a tendency to do some interesting things with…

43

Another year has passed, and it’s my birthday again! 🎉 Quite a lot has changed in the last year. Last year, I looked back on 2017, and where my path had taken me. https://pauljacobson.me/2017/12/08/42/ I pretty much ended my retrospective with the following: While I don’t have all the answers (not even remotely), perhaps being…

The lonely side of remote work

Rian linked to an interesting article about the challenges of working remotely titled “What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work”. I started reading it to get a sense of it, then sent it to my Pocket queue to read later. This is how the article begins, it will give you an idea…

The irrational demand that you commute to work

Demanding a commute when there is no other reason to be in a specific location apart from your bosses insecurities is not a good enough reason. Source: Valentina on remote work and location independence

The Explainer

A big part of my role as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic is explaining stuff to our users. I have a knack for it, particularly when it comes to email support. I commented to some colleagues today that I should change my job title to “Explainer” (we can basically choose our job titles at Automattic).…

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