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  • My 2011 Foci - Andrew Cox
    and to do so I need to become a better Rubyist as well as gain a deeper knowledge of Rails I am a firm believer in TDD but I need much more practice for it to become ingrained in my development patterns The first step I m taking in this direction is attending Ruby Mendicant University I have the privilege of being a student in the upcoming January 3 week session and am super excited about the opportunity I hope to be blogging more about my progress after my session kicks off on Monday Mindfulness Focus Meditation I read a lot of books on Buddhism and Zen but have only practiced meditation sporadically In 2011 I want to focus on becoming more mindful and meditation is going to be central to my strategy Fitness Focus Primal diet and exercise I ve been a believer in the primal paleo lifestyle for several years now but have only really lived the primal lifestyle for a few weeks at a time I m 2 weeks into a slow carb diet as prescribed by Tim Ferriss in The 4 Hour Body and am going to start resistance training 3 days a week In 2011 I want to become the most fit I ve been since I quit cross country in college The Plan Practice has been a meme that s been growing in popularity since the 10 000 hour rule was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell s 2008 book Outliers In the same year a slightly less popular book was written by Josh Waitzkin the former chess champion and subject of Searching for Bobby Fisher called The Art of Learning The central premise of The Art of Learning is that it takes not only practice but deliberate practice to achieve excellence in a field no matter if your field is intellectual chess or physical Tai chi chuan In the world of software engineering this practice meme has really started to take hold in the form of katas koans and code retreats I m sold You can t expect to become a better basketball player by reading books so why should you expect to become a better developer by reading books or blog posts In 2011 I plan to take my practice to the next level by doing it deliberately The basic idea is to Plan Practice Measure Each week I will map out specific times on my schedule that will be specifically devoted to practicing one of my foci Here s an example week Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 6 00am Meditate 6 45am Breakfast 7 00am Photoshop Practice Ruby Practice Illustrator Practice Rails Practice Photoshop Practice 8 00am Work 12 00pm Information Update 12 30pm Lunch 1 30pm Work 6 00pm Exercise Exercise Exercise 7 00pm Dinner 7 30pm Information Update 8 00pm Free Time I think this gives me a good routine but at the same time allows plenty of free time After each practice session I ll log my practice

    Original URL path: http://andrewcox.org/post/2618317483/my-2011-foci (2016-04-30)
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  • Andrew Cox
    doing something else that just needs to get done A sense of accomplishment begets productivity The Saturday morning laundry keys to success Start early I try to put the first load in by 9 00am Fold and put away clothes when they re done Easy right That second step is important You have to finish the task Sometimes I ll do my laundry but fail to actually fold and put it away Then I have to sift through my laundry basket for clothes throughout the week It s inconvenient and oddly demotivating Each morning it reminds me that I didn t follow through with a simple task On the flip side for some reason it just feels really nice to reach into a full drawer of clean clothes and get dressed in the morning without hassle One common reactioin I ve heard to this theory when I ve told people about it is Why do you need to be productive on a weekend While being productive is probably not the best goal for a weekend there are usually at least a few things that I d like to get done If I can use the spark created by doing my

    Original URL path: http://andrewcox.org/page/17 (2016-04-30)
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  • The "Saturday Morning Laundry" secret to... - Andrew Cox
    code or doing something else that just needs to get done A sense of accomplishment begets productivity The Saturday morning laundry keys to success Start early I try to put the first load in by 9 00am Fold and put away clothes when they re done Easy right That second step is important You have to finish the task Sometimes I ll do my laundry but fail to actually fold and put it away Then I have to sift through my laundry basket for clothes throughout the week It s inconvenient and oddly demotivating Each morning it reminds me that I didn t follow through with a simple task On the flip side for some reason it just feels really nice to reach into a full drawer of clean clothes and get dressed in the morning without hassle One common reactioin I ve heard to this theory when I ve told people about it is Why do you need to be productive on a weekend While being productive is probably not the best goal for a weekend there are usually at least a few things that I d like to get done If I can use the spark created by

    Original URL path: http://andrewcox.org/post/4466733777/the-saturday-morning-laundry-secret-to (2016-04-30)
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  • Andrew Cox
    Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work Gustave Flaubert Earlier Posts Page 18 of 86 Later Posts Follow me

    Original URL path: http://andrewcox.org/page/18 (2016-04-30)
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  • curvedwhite: Growing is Forever. - Andrew Cox
    Andrew Cox Jan 4 2011 curvedwhite Growing is Forever Previous Post Next Post Follow me on Twitter Subscribe to RSS Feed

    Original URL path: http://andrewcox.org/post/2597534349/curvedwhite-growing-is-forever#_=_ (2016-04-30)
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  • One of the most helpful qualities a person can... - Andrew Cox
    helpful qualities a person can have if s he wants to grow is to be patient With patience and persistence you can overcome pretty much anything How to Improve Your Patience 7 Thoughts from the Last 500 Years Previous Post

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  • “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you... - Andrew Cox
    5 2011 Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work Gustave Flaubert Previous Post Next Post Follow me on Twitter

    Original URL path: http://andrewcox.org/post/4375065336/be-regular-and-orderly-in-your-life-so-that-you (2016-04-30)
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  • Andrew Cox
    Cox Apr 2 2011 How to Make Lots of Money During a Recession via Instapaper Earlier Posts Page 19 of 86 Later Posts Follow me on Twitter Subscribe to RSS

    Original URL path: http://andrewcox.org/page/19 (2016-04-30)
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