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Natasha Miller

@natashamiller

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Human focus is fickle. Our willpower waffles and wanes. We don’t do what we know we should do (e.g., go for a jog, write a blog post) and we end up doing what we know we shouldn’t do (e.g., scroll Facebook, eat another Reeses, play with cats).

In this piece, I’d like to give you 12 micro-productive tips — little things you can do — to boost your serotonin levels, get in a creative zone, and stay focused for long periods of time.

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All of us have a problem with busyness

Being busy and being successful are not one in the same. But, sooner or later, all of us have to ask ourselves what our mission is — is it to be the busiest or is it to make the most impact?

We’ve grown to subconsciously measure a person’s worth based off how many hours they work, how much is on their plate and put simply — whether or not they are running around like a chicken with their head cut off.

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Software engineering interviews often involve some kind of coding test or programming exercise. But it is not really useful.

  • Writing an algorithm to generate factorials or to sort a linked list can be easily memorised beforehand. It offers no insight into a candidate's skill. 
  • The same reasoning goes for coding an algorithm in a specific programming language. Software engineers don't write sections of code without some kind of syntax checking aid, nor without referring to technical documentation.

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Tuition inflation & financial optionality

Despite the shortcomings above, going to college has been a smart choice for every generation prior to millennials. 

But over the past 15 years, two trends have made this decision a lot more questionable: the price increased, the value decreased.

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Signs you should turn down a job offer
  • A long decision-making process signals leadership or other internal issues
  • Find out why the position is open and for how long.
  • It’s important that your interviewers are on the same page about the role and the company culture.
  • If your job can be done remotely and the company requires you to be in the office full time may be the sign of an inflexible culture.
  • Unengaged interviews may indicate that the interviewer isn’t committed to finding the right person or can reflect poor management style as well as culture.
  • Lack of diversity.
  • If the employer hasn’t shown you that there are opportunities to grow with the company, you may want to think twice about accepting the job.
  • If you receive a job offer and are being pressured to accept it on the spot or within an extremely tight time frame, say 24 hours, be wary.

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