DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Laser Focus

DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Laser Focus
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Welcome to the 32nd edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
I’ve continued to dedicate most of my energy to Raphaël, my baby boy. He’s almost two months old already! ✨ ❤️
Let’s dive in!

Laser Focused productivity
This week André and I have continued exploring our product idea.
We want to combine an outliner (similar to tools such as Workflowy) with calendar integration and a focus mode.
Our goal is to promote and support the productivity technique of blocking time and applying a laser focus towards a specific goal.
The app will make it dead easy to define plans and routines, schedule those, and focus on execution. After all, we only ever have time for the things we actually prioritize.
We have started with the product vision and then created a User Story Map to uncover the major stories/features we envision. After that, we dived into UX design, information architecture, user personas, etc.
Next week we’re going to continue exploring the user experience, and we will hopefully dive into UI design.
👉 Let me know if you’re interested in giving the first alpha versions a try once we’re ready! 🙏
Starting community
This week, I’ve also participated in the “Starting Community” workshop organized by Orbit and led by Rosie Sherry and Erin Staples. Again, it was super interesting, and I got to learn a ton. This inspired me to write one more article this week.
The results of the workshops can be found here:
The session recordings are also publicly available:
Recent articles
This week I’ve published a guest post on the blog of Yennick Trevels a fellow software craftsman:
Software Engineer Career Paths
I’ve also posted an article to properly introduce the Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) community, a group of lifelong learners:
An online community for lifelong learners
How cool is that?!
Tips of the week
The tip of the week is dedicated to my fellow freelancers. Go increase your rates now!
FT 020: Increase Your Consulting Rates with Patrick McKenzie (aka patio11)
Books corner
This week I want to share the next book on my reading list:
Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent
I haven’t read anything written by Ryan Holiday so far, but I’m really eager to dive into this one. I grew up being told I’d never get anywhere in life. So I set out to prove those people wrong. Turns out I’m still fighting with my ego from time to time. It sure takes time to know yourself.
Quotes of the week
  • “Check your ego at the door. The ego can be the great success inhibitor. It can kill opportunities, and it can kill success.” (Dwayne Johnson)
Links of the week
Here are a few links that I found interesting this week:
How To Learn Stuff Quickly
Rust Is The Future of JavaScript Infrastructure – Lee Robinson
Why I Love Remix
20 Ways to Switch Off From Work | Racket
Excalideck | Weapon for Legendary Slides