Non-Operating System

I’m a Windows user. I’m a Mac user. I’m an Android user. If you’re reading this, you’re using at least one operating system. It is my humble opinion that all operating systems are a disappointment. None of them do what I expect them to. I’ll explain. An operating system is meant to be the glueContinue reading “Non-Operating System”

Happy Halfversary!

Today’s OptimisingMyLife’s 6 months birthday! This is a good opportunity for me to talk about birthdays. I forgot a good friend’s birthday. I felt terrible. How could this happen? He never forgets mine. And then I realised I’ve grown to depend on Facebook to remind me of people’s birthdays. I’m not on Facebook as oftenContinue reading “Happy Halfversary!”

Let It Rise

Few things in life can beat the smell of fresh bread in the morning. It always makes me feel like I’m on a vacation. It starts my day on a really positive note. Making bread takes time, though. And patience. And it’s kind of messy. Plus, timing it just right for when I wake upContinue reading “Let It Rise”

I’ve Ad Enough

Ads are everywhere. In magazines, newspapers, by the side of the road, on TV, all over the Internet. There is a constant effort to brainwash us into spending our hard earned money. Even if we’re really good at not falling for it, it’s a hassle. It’s a constant background noise that drives our focus awayContinue reading “I’ve Ad Enough”

99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall

There are many aspects of my life I could improve. I could be spending less time, less money, less effort. But I can’t address all of these improvements at once. Where do I start? This is a known problem, also known as the Theory of Constraints. Software engineering has a solution. The idea is toContinue reading “99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall”

Do I Have To Do Everything Around Here?

My time is limited. Between work, sleep, eating, training, washing and tidying up, it’s hard to find time for anything. There are simply too many things to do. Many of these things there’s no avoiding. Trust me, I tried skipping sleep. It doesn’t work very well! Other things, however, you don’t have to spend timeContinue reading “Do I Have To Do Everything Around Here?”

Smooth Operator

“I’m calling about your accident”. “This is HMRC, please call us back for the tax refund you are owed”. The number of scam and spam calls made on a daily basis is astounding. It feels like the phenomenon is out of hand. What’s more frustrating is that our phones are helpless. They can only recognizeContinue reading “Smooth Operator”

Not Now, Email

Procrastination is vastly different from owning your time. Not every task can (or should) be done straight away. When an email comes in, it tries to bite into my time. Some emails are real time sinks. Those lead into forms or tasks I would have to perform to address them. If I actioned them allContinue reading “Not Now, Email”

There’s a Hole in the Bucket

I love automation. Automation is all about taking the repetitiveness and time consumption out of menial tasks. It is also about reducing the error rate. Unfortunately, there are some tasks that seem too painful to automate – at least for now. One of those tasks could really save me money. I’m talking about checking myContinue reading “There’s a Hole in the Bucket”

Don’t Be a Slave to Jira

If you’re a developer, you’ve probably come across Jira. If you’re working with Jira right now, you probably know the pain. You pick up a task. You move its ticket into “In Progress”. You raise a pull request (PR). You move the ticket to “Code Review”. Your PR is merged. You move the ticket toContinue reading “Don’t Be a Slave to Jira”