Dec 5 2007 :: by Alex Yumashev
Max Kraynov of Kraynov Investments must have read my mind: he shared a great time-management tip, which I use in my daily work too. Here it is: when I open my notebook and start working on a task, I simply turn on the timer on my watch. That's it.

The timer works like a charm: I don't want to pause it and go fill my coffee mug, or pause it and read an email message. The timer makes me more productive and less distracted. And what's more, I'm not afraid of complex tasks any more, since the timer revealed, that even most complicated tasks take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Interesting links:
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    The owner, Don Vandervort, says that the AdSense-revenues went from paying for coffee to paying for lunches to paying for all salaries, overhead, and business development.

  • The owner of tells 7 reasons why he switched back to PHP after 2 years on Rails. He rewrote his website back to PHP after 2-years struggling with Rails. With the help of a Rails "professional" who quit after all.

    Love his last point: "PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES ARE LIKE GIRLFRIENDS: THE NEW ONE IS BETTER BECAUSE YOU ARE BETTER ... the main reason that any programmer learning any new language thinks the new language is SO much better than the old one is because he’s a better programmer now! You look back at your old ugly PHP code, compared to your new beautiful Ruby code, and think, “God that PHP is ugly!” But don’t forget you wrote that PHP years ago and are unfairly discriminating against it now.."

'Time management tips' was written by Alex Yumashev
Alex Yumashev
Alex has founded Jitbit in 2005 and is a software engineer passionate about customer support.

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