Week 5 – Planning my week

Career

Over the last few days I’ve had a think about my last post where I talked about creating a few websites for “Experiments” related to software development/software careers.  I’ve come to the realisation that software development is a very good niche to be in, and I want to be linked with it as closely as possible.  It makes sense to host all of my content with this website, rather than create one specifically for software interviews and so on.  I think this will cement my brand and audience within the software niche which will make it easier in the future to promote my services, side projects and so forth.

Side Projects

I’ve been researching some time management techniques for managing my side projects and I’ve come across the Pomodoros technique.  The technique is all about managing your time in 25 minute intervals (1 Pomodoro).  So If I have a task that I think will take me a bit over half an hour, I’ll set aside 2 Pomodoros.  I’ll do 25 minutes work, then break for 5 minutes, then use a second Pomodoro to finish the work, and review it.  The idea behind it is you can manage Pomodoros much easier than you can a task with a timeframe of an hour.  I found the technique interesting and I’m going to try it out for a month and see if I find it useful. I’ve attached an image of this weeks tasks below:

Pomodoros

In terms of my experiments this week I thought, “why not have a website filled with cuddly pictures?”.  I couldn’t think of a reason so I went ahead and bought www.cuddlypictures.com.  The domain wasn’t that expensive so my idea is to fill it up with tones of cuddly pictures and see how many visitors I get.  I don’t think there will be many visitors, but apparently gifs and cute pictures are a thing that people like so I might be surprised.

That is pretty much the extent of my side project work this week.  Hopefully next week will be more productive.

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