Good morning, Timeboxers.

How are you feeling? Have you blocked out your day? I’m writing this late Saturday night but you can see my schedule for Sunday by clicking here.

I recently bought an “Ooler”. You may be more familiar with it’s predecessor, the Chilipad, made famous by Tim Ferris…


Good evening, timeboxers.

Today I’d like to talk about downtime and how I integrate it into my productivity system. If you’d like to see my schedule for the day you can click here.

When I talk to people about the way in which I’ve tried to design my life, I…


Good afternoon, timeboxers.

I hope you’ve all scheduled in a full and exciting day! (If you’d like to see my schedule for the day you can click here).

I wanted to share with you something that keeps me pushing myself even when I want to stop. …


In a lot of organisations, release and deployment happen at the same time. That is to say that the release of a new feature to your user base is triggered by deploying your application to the server. …


Every company moving from a primarily waterfall-driven process to an agile mindset has a transitional period. It’s inevitable. This transitional period is usually punctuated by confusion, anger and a lot of mistakes with the self-appointed company agile aficionado screaming “Don’t panic! This is how it’s supposed to work!”.

This period…


Random picture of a Mac, because that’s how work gets done

One of my favourite things to do as a web developer is design and build Single Page Apps. This means that I work very closely with Web APIs on a fairly regular basis. I have even designed Web APIs myself with varying degrees of success.

There are a lot of…


CSS preprocessors like SASS and Less gave us a whole slew of new syntax designed to reduce computer-reproducible bloat within our style sheets.

We got variables for our colours and dimensions, we got loops for our grid systems and complicated typographic boiler plates and we got selector nesting for syntactic…


Possibly my favourite thing about modern Javascript is something that I often seem maligned by other programmers. I don’t understand how such an awesome feature can get so much vitriol. Its sole purpose is to remove the burden of extra cognitive load from us lowly developers and (at least partially)…


Have you noticed my overly diplomatic title? It’s an attempt to frame this conversation in terms of what I prefer rather than what I believe to be objectively better in hope of diverting a flame war. I imagine it will not work.

React and Vue are ostensibly very similar and…


I have a guilty secret. I enjoy business books.

I’m not talking about high-level economics tomes here, I’m talking about books that tell you, as an individual, how to “make it big” (side note: I have yet to make it big).

For the record, some of these books are actually…

Steven Poulton @ Aika

Productivity expert, CTO of Coaching Culture and Founder of Aika. https://www.aikahq.com

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