How to Flow Into the Zone

One of the most beautiful moments when writing code is when you are totally focused and flow in the zone. When you have a clearly defined task and know exactly how to solve it, you are able to get sucked into your code and forget everything else in the world. You may experience moments of greatest peace. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience even describes this state as absolute happiness... Read more

New Year’s is over, your everyday life is back again, but what about your resolutions? Still working on them? Here are some habits that are more or less easy to build and that will definitely benefit your life – and this not only works for programmers. Drink more water There are lots of scientific reasons why you should drink more water. I’m sure you already heard a great part of them... Read more

How to Dress for Work

I know this is a very sensitive subject. And I did not want to hear anything related until I got 30. But trust me, how you dress in the office does make a difference. I’ve seen many different things in my career. In game companies, people might walk around the office barefoot. When I was at a bank my supervisor did not wear shoes either. Fortunately, he had socks on though... Read more

New year, new resolutions. No time seems to be better to build new habits. A habit I always wanted to start in my life was getting up early or earlier and creating a morning routine. And it really did improve my life. Here’s why. Most of us coders seem to be night owls. But I figured that many famous and successful people get up quite early in the morning. You can even read of times like 4:30!.. Read more

This is supposed to be a short reminder. Because I’m sure you know all of the stuff coming up in the next lines, but sometimes we just need to consciously remind ourselves of all the amazing things we have. The problem is the following: There are tasks you have to do as a software developer, but you don’t want to do them because they seem too big or too boring, you name it... Read more

Sleep More Code More

Yes, you read that right. I know it sounds contradictory, but if you want to write more and better code, you have to sleep more. Let me explain. Most of us have been there. Writing code all night and spending long hours seems cool, crunch time is great, like a LAN party with code, a hackathon or a game jam. Although you might produce lots of code during these events, you will need a lot of regeneration... Read more

The Right 'Why' Matters

Do you know Simon Sinek? He is an author, motivational speaker, and marketing consultant and probably best known for his TED talk “How great leaders inspire action”. The Description of the video says: “Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …” It’s the “why” that drives us most or at least should drive us the most... Read more

Why I Love Skype Meetings

Let me get this straight. I’m talking about Skype meetings with fellow coders – not management or marketing meetings where all attendees are in a conference room and someone is connected remotely via Skype (although I do like to talk about management or marketing topics). Anyways… I’d say most modern software development teams use SCRUM. Hence, they have their daily stand-ups. If you have team members who work remotely, chances are, you do this stand-up via Skype or Google Hangout and everyone enjoys the conversation comfortable at their desk with the webcam turned on... Read more

Choosing the right industry for a software developer is one of the hardest decisions in her or his career. Fortunately, you don’t have to stick with your first decision. Think about your dream job. Really do. In my case, it was being a game developer. Maybe this resonates with you. Lots of software developers love video games and also want to make games by themselves. But it could also be app development... Read more

Fitness is important. Period. Having a decent amount of endurance and strength benefits you in a lot of ways. You need less sleep, you become better at concentrating on your tasks, you’ll get more creative, fitness lowers your back pain, makes you healthy of course and perhaps most importantly you will be happy more often. I’m not talking about going to the gym every day and getting muscles like Arnold Schwarzenegger or preparing for the next marathon... Read more