thecodeness thecodeness

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🦄 Alexa 👾  ⌨️ anecdotes of a 23y/o software engineer 🖥 ⌨️ blog on ig 🌙 ⌨️ self-improvement obsessed 📈 ⌨️ avocado investment 🥑 ⌨️ london, 🇬🇧 #engineeringlife

Mindset of the month: “Do more things that make you forget to check your phone."
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When you want to go all “beautiful mind” 📝 on your apartment, and write on the windows + buy a thousand whiteboards to to put on the walls and fill, but you live in London and home improvement isn’t encouraged “per se” 🙄 (no drilling for me 🤷🏼‍♀️). We did the less sexy thing and wrote on adhesive paper 📓 (IMPROVISE. ADAPT. OVERCOME (google this if you don’t get the meme reference)) See above for last 2 months of intense brain 🧠 dumps re: passion project. Full time 9-6 every day and passion project got me going brunette by accident 💁🏼‍♀️. While I was away, I also perfected “the crouch” 🐅 and pleather so at least I have that going for me. Also played a really fun game recently called “build-an-iOS-app-having-never-touched-swift” 📵 (because coding in python, typescript and c++ at work was not enough for this month) the as! was so real 🤣 (no judgement pls/I deserve it). I AM SO PUMPED FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS TO BUILD ALL THE THINGS 🤤. I also have so many new playlists 🎵 I want to throw out there, but have been too tired to make, 250418.
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I know people don’t really respond to 🤙🏼 “calls-to-action” 📲 but genuinely what have you all been up to?

Hi 👋🏼, it me, I do in fact still exit 🍌 🌊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍇 currently writing code: Python, JS (& C++ on occasion) at work full stack, and Python and Swift (yup…) on the side.
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🐌 currently listening to: @sglewis_ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🥕 currently reading: the 4-hour body (@timferriss )
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🤧 currently missing: @instagram
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🦊 core value of the month: transparency
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Keeping it simple because the way I see the world has become drastically more simple recently. 🍑

week in summary 06/02-11/02:
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⏳ AVOIDANCE WEEK went well, although I could have done more (had too many social calls scheduled 🤪, might need to repeat experiment).
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⚖️ this week I literally wrote Python, C++ and JavaScript at work, and spent the weekend learning React Native (trying to learn ES6 syntax) - work/day-job = services, back-end, personal projects = cross-platform apps baby! I am linguistically overwhelmed.
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🍇 probably experimenting with intermittent fasting next (going to try 16/8, 24-hour etc. over the next weeks). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🥕phrases for the week: 1) Start, often & 2) Discipline = freedom.
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📸 tripod quick-release malfunction, DSLR fell and shattered to *literally* pieces. Roll on rejects (photos that didn’t previously make the cut on my ig 🤯) and mobile-only *gulp* 🤯 photography until I figure this out.
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🐌 finished “the subtle art” (the best) now finally reading tools of titans (so excited because Tim Ferriss is literally keeping me sane right now). 🎱
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peace out and happy Monday friends! 🦔

@thecodeness breaking the 4th wall!? 😱 since I said we’re doing AVOIDANCE WEEK together, here is how my Monday went:
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🐌 spent a LONG time on hold with the tax (wo)man and the pension (wo)man. 🤯eek — I’ve been putting off this call-centre-suspended-state for many months (this is why). 😥🥊
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🐌 didn’t get through to 1/2. K. ☎️
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🐌 found out I overpaid my taxes a little last year and I’m getting money back — small wins for AVOIDANCE WEEK! 🎉 🌴
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did you get anything done that you have been avoiding? 🍾

🌴 TLDR; try avoidance week with me.
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💤 but happy🍊; as you may know, this year I’m doing various week and month long challenges ⚽️ (basically my life is currently one big experiment).
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currently running experiments 🕑:
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🎱 (mentioned previously) on weekdays I can only do admin, social and self-improvement tasks after work, on weekends I am only allowed to rest or work on my passion projects. ✅
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🏈 gym 5/6 times per week. ✅
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🍌meticulous calorie-tracking. ✅
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🌱veganism (although it is so much more than an experiment for me personally). ⏺
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🦔 🔔[NEW!] AVOIDANCE WEEK: I looked through my backlog/to-do and collected tasks that NEED to be done, but always get deferred (I have some 6+ month old stuff, embarrassing I know) — it’s kind of stuff that makes you wince when you see it on your list as you drag it to the bottom again. This week, after work I am ONLY allowed to do avoidance tasks with the hope that by Friday I will look at my to-do and find all the things gone, FINALLY. If I find something I don’t want to do even this week, I am removing it forever. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Try it with me folks!

// them: women belong in the kitchen. me: ⬆️💔
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// nothing profound here today -
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// if you’re following my stories right you pretty much know everything there is to know right now; at some point soon I will figure out how to share EXACTLY how I turned my life around in 6 months (incl. gym 5x p/w, quit smoking, running, veganism, wiping my to-do list [insert inspirational life change here] etc. etc. (since so many of you asked) — “getting your stuff together: 2018 edition” // i am becoming obsessed with optimization but my relentless desire to improve is changing my life completely! // WEEKEND MOOD: “action isn’t just the effect of motivation; it’s also the cause of it”. 🧠

It’s laughable — I’m working on my side projects today and I feel like I’m having a full-blown millennial quarter-life crisis about avocado investments 🥑 or something. So don’t mind me while I steer myself in the right direction with the following excerpt from the subtle art of not giving: “the rare people who do become truly exceptional at something do so not because they believe they’re exceptional. On the contrary, they become amazing because they’re obsessed with improvement. And that obsession with improvement stems from an unerring belief that they are, in fact, not great at all. It’s anti-entitlement.” It’s true, my worst nightmare has always been being exactly the same person I was last year. Also @chrisstapleton - Tennessee Whiskey 🥃 for all those anti quarter-life crisis needs. 🍪 #thisisfine

TLDR; listen to Tim Ferriss 🤩 (@timferriss)
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Trying something new this week -- ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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o work (whatever you’re paid to do)
o admin (emails, to-do lists…)
o self-improvement (reading, online courses, gym…) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌴WEEKENDS:
o reserved for personal projects and rest ONLY. Namely, no replying to people on various platforms like Facebook, no emails, no “let-me-just-sort-through-this-to-do-list”, no errands.
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Today has probably been the first time I work on my “passion project”/side-hustle in ~1 year. I have literally spent the majority of my free time in the last year or so doing silly administrative 📩 things or doing “all the things necessary” to facilitate my work but not actually working on projects. The sooner you realise you’re going to have to work full time, reply to emails, go to the bank, make to-do lists etc. for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, the sooner you will realise that you’ll never get around to the side project you actually want to do unless you literally schedule the time in. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Seriously, I have been listening to Tim Ferriss (@timferriss) via his podcasts every day🎚 (making my way through his backlog) and that is probably the BEST spent 1-2 hours of my day. Tim and the guests on his show have already inspired me to change so much in my life in the short time I have spent consuming his content, that it is hard to believe it’s free! 💸

Slightly late to the party but hey, I’m 23! 🎈🍦🌿 (ig deleted this post yesterday so here we go again) ➡️ on a completely unrelated note, since I was nominated by a few of my favorite accounts, here are some completely random facts (you probably wish you didn’t know) about me. You know I love the hype! 🍓🍸
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o I have 5 tattoos, I got my first when I was 15 years old. My mom came with me to sign the parental consent form (shoutout: thanks mom!)
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o I have moved house (completely) 4 times and lived in 3 different cities in the last 4 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
o I am a creature of habit like no other, especially when it comes to lunch. I have been eating the same meal for lunch for the last 3 YEARS...yikes! No variety! Otherwise, my diet and exercise has been disordered af and I have weighed 48kg, 62kg and every number in between in the last 4 years. This is something I have been actively working on stabilizing in the last half-year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
o I was 18 when I wrote my first line of code and 20 the first time I got paid to code. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
o I’m actually 5 ft 6 (169cm), which is a whole 14cm taller than people on ig think I am (which is apparently 5 ft 1). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
o I manned a bar as part of my first ever job. I also spent a day cleaning hotel rooms while covering for a colleague.
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o My favorite EVER playstation 2 games were Need for Speed: Underground and WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
o In the last 10 years my hair color has been every possible permutation of brown, black, blonde, red and purple.
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o I once lost an entire summer to WoW (World of Warcraft). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
o I permanently worse glasses between the ages of 3-12 until my vision magically hit 20/20 as a teenager.

the perfect morning doesn’t exis-
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..london was 💯 today ☀️ 🍳🌿☕️.
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Anyway, I recently *unfollowed* some high profile podcasts because I found them triggering. Those of you who have followed me for 1+ years know that I have, over time, evolved from “sleep is for the WEAK, smoking is my food, coding is my exercise, PAIN IS MY FUEL” to actually being a pretty decently balanced 🔑 human being (and still getting all the shit done). So, when I am being YELLED 🔨at in a podcast, and told that I am worthless if I sleep more than 5 hours a day voluntarily, or that the only way to succeed in life is to take zero breaks between 7am-11pm…I’m good thanks sweetie, cut that shit out and never be afraid to GROW OUT of your heroes and mentors.

Don’t feel like writing a caption/essay today, so I’ll leave you with 3 pillars for this weekend 👽:
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🧠 persistence: “it takes 20 years to make an overnight success”
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🔑 focus: “the man who chases two rabbits catches neither”
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📍 incrementalism: “divide the fire and you will sooner put it out”
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A little easter egg for the instagram ergonomics police — this stool here is for you. Newsflash: I spend 10 hours of day at the office (how people still think I freelance is beyond me) on (what can only be) a $2000 ergonomic chair, not on the crappy wooden chair I posted previously. You are nonetheless right, and I am getting a new a new chair for the home setup, it just took me a while to get a new one (not all of us are rolling in alt coin 💸💰 bubble profits). If I was listening to @timferriss like I said I would, I wouldn’t have even addressed this (however I am weak).

What Saturdays look like in @thecodeness land: #hustling & #scheming & #planning & #coding & #executing 🥊 speaking of executing, definitely something I need to work on this year. I have 100s of ideas weekly which I write down in a infinite list of ideas and todos and then I spend my free time trying to wade through it, rather than executing, and so the viscous cycle continues 🔄 I DONT WANT TO BE ALL BARK AND NO BITE 🐕 the way I usually deal with starting something huge or overwhelming, is to just start - any tiny little start - and you’re off 🚀.

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