Serve Me Your Best Dish

I love good food. When I travel, I love exploring the local kitchen. The problem is, quite often other people appreciate good food, too. This means the best places to try a certain dish are often packed to the brim. A former colleague of mine once shared a really useful piece of advice with me.Continue reading “Serve Me Your Best Dish”

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”

Where The Sun Doesn’t Shine

I work from home. Like many others, the pandemic got me working entirely from home. But even before the pandemic, I used to spend many hours in my home office. Since my work involves me sitting in front of computers, what I mostly do is, well… Sit. And I’m not as young as I usedContinue reading “Where The Sun Doesn’t Shine”

Smile

I drink a lot of coffee. I mean, I could easily drink ten cups a day. While I enjoy my coffee, it does come at a cost. One of the most noticeable side effects of drinking plenty of coffee is the stains on your teeth. Since I can’t ignore the coffee stains, I have toContinue reading “Smile”

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”

Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

I often get calls when it is least convenient. I don’t want to just hang up, because it feels rude. I don’t want to let it ring, because it is annoying. I could flip my phone to silence the call and let it go to voice mail. But then the caller doesn’t know why IContinue reading “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You”

Making Oscar the Grouch Proud

What bin do you have in your kitchen? Up until a year ago, I had a push bin. When holding something in my hand, I couldn’t easily open it. It sounds like a silly problem to have, I know. But obviously it’s a common one, or we wouldn’t have had paddle bins. The main problemContinue reading “Making Oscar the Grouch Proud”

A Double Espresso, Please

There are very few perfectly engineered machines. I mean, there’s almost always a flaw. A button that’s not responsive, frustrating maintenance routines… So when I find a machine that just works, I’m impressed. The Nespresso Lattissima Touch is such a machine. I’ve been using it and its predecessor, which is harder to get now, forContinue reading “A Double Espresso, Please”