Zaps that keep me sane
Sep 23, 2021
Following up on How adding a template to my calendar keeps me productive, I thought I’d share how I use a number of Zaps (on Zapier) to also keep my productive. Automation is key to how I get things done.
A couple of things:
I pay for Zapier. I have a paid Slack account (that’s just mine). It’s worth paying for things that produce ROI. The efficiency I gain from these Zaps (and then many things I do with that paid Slack account) more than pay for themselves.
How adding a template to my calendar keeps me productive
Aug 2, 2021
When I decided to go back to school while pregnant, I heard a lot of the “school, work, life- pick two” trope. And, unsurprisingly to anyone who has known me, I was determined to prove them wrong. Nearly a year in, here’s a bit of detail on how it works.
This is the template for my calendar.
There’s a couple of structural guidelines that this provides to my day-
Mar 30, 2021
At the end of my pregnancy, I found Caitlin’s Baby Stack to be especially useful. As I’ve spoken to other impending moms-to-be, I’ve pointed folks to it again and again. I thought I’d add to the communal knowledge.
Pregnancy We found out we were pregnant right as the lockdown was beginning. What a weird year 2020 was.
Books It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me that books are the first thing on my list.
Simple stats actions translated from Excel to Python
Oct 22, 2020
Updated on 2020-11-08.
There are two foundational ideas that are driving me to carve out some time to sit down and right this today:
This idea that writing technical blog posts are in many ways writing documentation for you to reference in the future. It amazes me that in 2020 this wasn’t easier to find. I recently started my MBA program, and one of the first required course is a statistics class.
Year Two Was Different Than What I Expected
Jul 11, 2020
Just over a year ago, when I reflected on crossing the 1 year mark at GitLab, that reflection was wholly on my time on the data team. As I looked ahead, I couldn’t have imagined anything but a future on the data team.
It’s still a lit of a brainmeld, but less than a month after I published that post, on July 19, I’d see an internal opportunity for movement, decide to stay up late one Thursday night updating my resume, and submit an application to a new role outside of the data team all within a 6 hour window.
Managing my dotfiles with chezmoi
Apr 27, 2020
A couple of weeks ago, I had this horrible hiccup where in trying to manage my python dependencies (aka trying to do the impossible), I deleted vim and all my dotfiles.
After some panic, I got into a working state enough to work.But there was also a chance here to set things up correctly, better, and more effectively!
When Kevin shared about chezmoi in techSAV Slack, I figured I’d give it a go.
How to Align and Inspire a Remote Team with Joe Martin, Matthew Volm, and Kevin Shively
Apr 22, 2020
Earlier this spring, I got to join a discussion with Joe Martin of CloudApp and Matthew Volm of Ally, hosted by Kevin Shively of Ally, on remote work. Especially in this world where we’re all suddenly remote, we talked through a ton of really specific tactical tips that can be useful if you’re struggling with remote work.
A couple of cool highlights:
Phases of remote transition Connecting with your colleagues as real-people without face-to-face Tactical suggestions for working more asynchronously a shoutout to the GitLab handbook OKRs Thanks Ally for hosting!
Send Freewrite posts write to WordPress
Apr 16, 2020
I have loved my Freewrite since I got it two years ago. The machine in itself is a bit bulky, and that bulk can make it a bit difficult to use. For example, it can never travel with me. I know that writing is a muscle I should be exercising on a regular basis, so I want to make it easier to use.
I’m not going to change the bulk of the machine (though the Traveler will help with that!
Career paths, data literacy, and a great conversation with Simon Ouderkirk and Stephen Levin
Apr 15, 2020
I got the chance to have a really great conversation with Simon Ouderkirk of Automattic (WordPress.com, Jetpack, Tumblr) and Stephen Levin of Zapier earlier this spring about career growth, DataOps, job titles, and more.
Stephen was the perfect pair here, as our careers has both moved from data into cross-functional operations-y roles. Simon is an incredible interviewer. These two were great partners for an awesome conversation.
Another article on working from home in the era of COVID-19
Mar 29, 2020
With a couple of years of full-time remote work under my belt, I’m going to add to the series of posts on remote work with my own tools and tips.
My Top 3 Be intentional about getting out of the house. You may be working from home, but that doesn’t mean you’re not leaving your house. Walk your dog or just go for a walk. Get the mail from the mailbox every day.