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What life after school taught me

Five lessons in 20 years

Shutlogue February 14, 21

After graduation in year 2000, started working as an ASP developer. Never looked back. In 20 years though, 5 lessons stick out. Here are the stories of the first time I picked them up.

Pick your battles

For a junior, a board meeting is like the club of the elite. A senior member of the company I worked for skipped one of those, a behavior I could not make sense of as a junior. When I asked him, he said if there was anything important, they would email it to him later. Then he said: you have to learn to pick your battles.

Use notepad

A team leader opened notepad to add a task to a to-do list. When I asked him why not use a proper, more complex tool. He said what meant: the tasks were complex enough, do not need one more complexity to add. Those days, notepad removed a lot of the clots that formed in my head due to thinking about a complex problem.

Eat your frog first

Or what is known as: Eat That Frog. Someone shared that from an article or a book he read, in a company meeting, just before a release. Ever since then, I tackle the most abnoxious task (my frog) early on.

Structure folder according to intent

Met a client who gave me that advice about sorting out inbox. He said, do not place your emails according to what they are, but what you intend to do with them. I took that advice to my folder structure, it has been 15 years and my folder structure did not change: "work", "bulk", "zjunk", "exe". It all starts with "zjunk", that gets burried on an external drive every once in a while. Another advice I was given: why delete files when you can buy cheep HD.

Use the point system to choose between alternatives.

A friend of mine was quiting his job, and when I asked him how he came to this decision, he showed me this way. Better shown than described:

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