How many hours do you think you spend staring at a screen? If I'm being honest, there's a chance my number is in double digit territory. That's a sick thought.
If you're reading this newsletter, you might be a professional software developer. That means you spend the majority of your time awake looking at a computer. Add that up with every moment spent staring at a phone, a tv, an iPad, etc., and we're going down a strange road.
I didn't give this much thought until I entered the work force. Now it's always in the back of my mind.
Give your eyes a rest
If you're setting some goals for the new year, consider this one:
Spend more time AFK (away from keyboard).
When it comes to time in front of the computer, strive for quality, not quantity. This may go against your main focus of becoming a better developer, but I promise you - it will only help.
Stepping away, especially when working on challenging problems, is always a good choice. Your brain will continue to work in the background, and your eyes will thank you for the breather.
Find other sources of creativity
One of the main reasons I love programming is the sense of creativity it affords me. But it is not the only source of creation. This year I want to explore other areas of creativity: music and watercoloring. I am not adept with either, but I enjoy seeing progression (like a good RPG). And they don't involve a screen!
What will you focus on this new year?
On the blog
No post this week! Happy holidays 🎉
Seriously good stuff
pretty-quick is a JS tool that lets your run
prettier on changed files. It comes with some useful CLI flags like
--staged, which will only run
prettier on files staged for commit.
Tom Merrick has been running Bodyweight Warrior for a while now, and he has great content involving health & wellness. I follow him mainly for his stretching and mobility videos, but if you're into bodyweight fitness this is a great channel for you.
It took me two gym sessions to finish it, but this podcast episode with Tim Ferriss and Dr. Weil was a fascinating listen. The bulk of the discussion revolves around medicinal plants and alternative treatment methods with drugs such as LSD and Psilocybin.
Talk to you next week,
Happy coding! 👾