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Life Hacking Weekly

March 18, 2020

During these days of COVID-19, I thought a lot about those concepts and suggestions popping up regularly on social media dealing with “learn something new, cause there’s time for it now”. So far so good. As a self-taught programmer, the concept of lifelong and intrinsically motivated learning is nothing new to me. Also, my point of view regarding lifelong learning hasn’t changed due to those social media echos. Hacking myself has been and will always be important.

Somehow all these mentioned above “thinking about lifelong learning” phases during the last few days brought up the conclusion that my own concept and approach require optimizations. For too long these approaches of “read/watch something, try/fail in it” have lasted and thus need to evolve. In case you’re still reading this article, you’re already part of the game and amid a first step to initiate the optimization: Life Hacking Weekly. Articles, including content I want to share and note on things I investigated time on or tried to learn within the last 7 days + its important details and conclusions.

Life Hacking Weekly - why?

Some weeks ago I saw a great video on Youtube created by Preethi Kasireddy, a woman whom I follow on social media since she started to share her journey on learning how to code. The video is part of a series that deals with the topic “How to learn”. It includes some really good points on how to come closer to desired learning results or how to deal with setbacks you experience when learning something new.

During this video series at one point, she mentioned the importance of keeping track of your learning progress or actions and gadgets that support your learning progress. Keeping track of learning progress? Never done so far, just tried and failed, tried and failed. So here we are. Remembering this tip of Preethi Kasireddy combined with my thoughts about the “learning something new” social media pop-ups represent the causing mixture of Life Hacking weekly articles coming up in the future. Those articles will include personal notes, relevant details and progress trackings about different topics. All of that will deal with very much personal experience and preference, so in the end, there will be no urgent need for you to read those articles, right :)? But as a programmer and fan of open source software, sharing knowledge and experiences is part of my personal nature. That’s why this is going to happen public and might let you profit in the form of inspiration considering your own lifelong learning goals and journey.

Tech only? No, absolutely no. Not this time.

It’s important to mention that bringing up this concept of Life Hacking Weekly has to differentiate compared to my approach that happened so far. My past and conscious approach to lifelong learning had a massive focus on tech and programming related stuff. But of course - besides that - a lot of learning progress has taken place besides programming, it just didn’t matter that much… But hey, now it’s called LIFE Hacking Weekly, right? Well, life is more than Javascript, ReactJS and other technologies. Because life is: Javascript ;), sports, psychology, cooking, nutrition, keep calm and do whatever, finances, etc. etc.

Imposter syndrome prevention !important

In case you follow some of the upcoming Life Hacking Weekly articles, make sure you read everything considering that the listed topics and learnings are just things I spent time on and probably liked. That does not mean I’m able to do or execute those things well and profoundly. Also, it’s not said that I’m going to follow concepts and learnings after they got noted here. Remember: the idea behind this is to consciously resume and take note of personal progress and supportive add-ons, not to plan and fix the personal future and profession.

Preview: Life Hacking Weekly #2…

…will be published soon and will include some extended and summarized takeaways out of these potential learnings:

  • PRODUCTIVITY: The ‘My-List’ approach to plan your day
  • PRODUCTIVITY: “Forced” Homeoffice vs. the Homeoffice we love and know
  • SPORTS: The painful suffering starting out with Crossfit
  • COOL-STUFF: Reddit as a news platform? Works!
  • TECH: NodeJS SMB-client to handle Linux<->WhateverExternalSource data exchange
  • TECH: Javascript async/await and its relation to Javascript Promises
  • TECH: Ternary Javascript operators alternatives
  • NUTRITION: Where’s the meat gone?
  • BRAIN: How to identify learning resources that are suitable and tailor-made for you as a person
  • TECH: NextJS pages and routing concept, so good
  • BRAIN: brain.fm 🎶 is the key
  • PRODUCTIVITY: The tasks-that-only-take-10-minutes principle
  • FINANCES: Invoices and shoebox, there’s a good match if you run an EPU
  • TECH: TailwindCSS, IMHO the advantages predominate
  • PRODUCTIVITY: Pomodoro Technique. Not my beer.
  • TECH: NodeJS and Express to provide an endpoint to uploaded web form files, quite a journey
  • BODY: Go on a fast - takeaways from the no-sugar and no-beer adventure
  • BUSINESS: How to prioritize personal software ideas if the workload gets too much?
  • SOCIAL: Reddit’s /r/LifeProTips, pure gold for free
  • PRODUCTIVITY: “I don’t have time”… Really?
  • TECH: Spacing CSS utilities using TailwindCSS
  • PRODUCTIVITY: Grammarly, amongst the top language software ever used
  • COOL-STUFF: Focus-Flow lists on Spotify
  • TECH: Linux stdin/stdout principle and its helpers >/>>/<</</&&/|
  • BRAIN: Try and fail approach > how to deal with both scenarios
  • SOCIAL: Facebook, I more and more hate you. Anyone out there with good hints to be able to simply “turn it off”?
  • FINANCE: 3 Stock market order types: Market, Limit, Stop/Loss (Market or Limit). Understandable thanks to this great piece of explanation video.
  • BRAIN: The flashcards principle and a beauty named brainscape.com
  • PRODUCTIVITY: Typora, cause Markdown is such a 🚀
  • TECH: CSS position sticky using positioning property like ‘top’ to finally make it work
  • BRAIN: Ultralearning, ultra good!
  • TECH: Special attention on a fabulous NextJS tutorial playlist made by Bruno Antunes
  • TECH: (secure) User authentication using bcrypt password hashing and JWT
  • TECH: Parallax Scrolling using the Rellax.js library
  • TECH: Headless E-Commerce using Shopify’s Storefront API
  • TECH: UNIX Piping as a measure towards to command line next leveling

Hacked around with during 2020


  • TECH: git rebase: a powerful tool that barely causes problems ;)
  • TECH: Gatsby Starters, Gatsby Themes: what’s the difference?

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  • TECH: Gatsby Themes, Gatsby Starters: what’s the difference and which one to take

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3 (upcoming and thus TBA)

  • TECH: building an “enterprise architecture” architecture using create-react-app
  • FINANCES: PUT or CALL stock options ¯\(ツ)
  • FINANCES: PUT or CALL stock options ¯\(ツ)
  • TECH: A future Linux takeaway called man script
  • FINANCES: Personal accountings, a hate-love relationship
  • BODY: Boost your daily well-being with a simple checkmark list

My name is Manuel Penaloza. I live in Austria and work as a web & software developer building things to enrich the internet and internal business processes. Doing so, I'm a big fan of considering and regularly auditing the aspect of "software has to support business success & goals". Find me on Twitter: @manpenaloza.