Thank you!! I definitely don't start at 3:30... but amazing that you're able to ☺️

I'm probably also able to sleep earlier then you :-)

I wrote an article about my thoughts on this a few months ago and it seemed to resonate with peeps since it's now been read nearly 100k times: https://blog.stephsmith.io/you-dont-need-to-quit-your-job-to-make/

I think the key takeaways are:

  • Determine your focal points and eliminate noise outside of that
  • Think of time in tiers
  • Focus on "absolute" tasks

As for routines:

  • Do the hard stuff in the morning or when you have the most energy
  • Time block
  • Measure/track your progress

Awesome Steph! Thanks for this great read. It resonated strongly with my current situation πŸ™‚ I’ll work on identifying my absolute tasks.

Glad it resonated!! Wishing you the best.

Great post. I can just sign this. Id did/do #fullstackjob beside having a 70h+ job and all is about time blocking, tracking progress, focus, and yes, do the hard stuff in the morning (I start around 3:30 am :-) )

Thank you!! I definitely don't start at 3:30... but amazing that you're able to ☺️

I'm probably also able to sleep earlier then you :-)

I was just there! It's a really nice/cool city but not many nomads and expensive. I personally prefer Kyoto.

If you do end up going, happy to send tips.

I ended up picking Taipei, thanks!

Ghost is solid, especially if you want the front-end written for you. I wrote a post recently about how to hook it up to a $5 Digital Ocean Droplet: https://blog.stephsmith.io/setting-up-blog-with-ghost-and-digital-ocean-droplet/. With Ghost you can design your own themes as well, however I haven't tried that.

If you want a truly headless CMS, I tried Butter (https://buttercms.com). They have good docs and really easy to set up (or at least it was with Node).

  1. The Power of Habit (or Atomic Habits is apparently also good but I haven't read it)
  2. Algorithms to Live By (best book I've read in a long time)
  3. Man's Search for Meaning
  4. Give and Take
  5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***

If you're interested in more books in the p-dev area, I recommend more here: https://stephsmith.io/books

100% good tech. I spent years w a laptop people called β€œthe brick” that wasted so much time and when I finally bought a Mac, my productivity went through the roof. Good headphones that don’t break every other month. A kindle that lets me read easily anywhere and is light af, and syncs easily with Readwise so my highlights are easily on my comp.

Also SIM cards w data everywhere, even if it’s just a short trip.