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The Weekly Retrospective - Issue #2

Brock Herion
Brock Herion
Welcome to The Weekly Retrospective, the newsletter about taking what we learned from the previous week and moving it into the next week!

The Week of 9/11/21 to 9/18/21
This week had more than a few wins and a lot of things that I’m excited to share. Like last week, I was fortunate enough to start it with family and end it with family. There were also a few losses that I learned a lot from as well. Without further ado, let’s look at what happened this week!
This weeks wins
After a lot of headache and refactoring, I was able to get a NextJS project ported over from regular CSS and JavaScript to Tailwind and TypeScript. Why did I move? I wanted the speed and safety this combination offered to this specific project. As it grows in scope, I can quickly add and change styles with the help of Tailwind and TypeScript gives me the safety to make large changes. It helps me make sure that any mistakes I make get caught at runtime and not in production.
I had great news in my job as well. I won’t go into too much detail, but if you’re looking for a job, my advice would be to find a company that invests in you and gives you opportunities to grow. When your company cares about you and your goals, it can pay off in ways you can’t imagine. I’m extremely fortunate to be working where I am and that I have the support that I do there.
I also kept working through and learning about blockchain and Solidity programming. Learning about decentralized apps and how cryptocurrency will be used in the future is extremely exciting. We’re moving into an era where these technologies will become more prominent. A big proponent of Web3.0 is that our data and what we do will be our own. This field is still extremely new and quickly evolving with tons of potential!
If you’re interested in learning more about Web3.0, check out this amazing Twitter thread!
Vitto 🥑 on Twitter: "What is the Blockchain? How does it work? But mostly, why are blockchain developers paid $140k/year on average? A mega-thread on web3.0 and how the Blockchain might shape the future ↓"
What could have gone better?
One thing that did not go so great was my habit building and productivity. In Atomic Habits, author James Clear describes our habit-building as tiny changes that lead to huge differences. Each habit should be helping you become the person you want to be.
My habit list was way too long and it become a chore tracking each one of them. My goals were to eat healthier and exercise more and read more and code more. It was overwhelming trying to keep up with all of that. I found myself more exhausted than normal and more frustrated with how I felt during the day. I never felt like I was making genuine progress on anything I was doing.
I threw my current habit journal in the drawer for the time being and need to reread parts of Atomic Habits. The biggest thing will be sitting down and evaluating where I want to be in five to ten years. What are my goals? Who do I want to be? These are hard questions that don’t have easy answers.
If you’re interested in Atomic Habits, you can find it here
What did I learn?
The biggest takeaway from this week is the take care of yourself first. It’s fun to say you wake up at 4:30 am but is it benefitting you in the long run? I was up that early trying to power through all my daily tasks and side projects and learning, and it was exhausting. I was sacrificing my health for the sake of “productivity”.
Once I started sleeping in and narrowing down my task lists, my focus and mood improved, I had more energy and was consuming less caffeine. And the craziest part? I was getting more done in a day.
There’s a fine line between being productive and being busy. I was waking up early and not sleeping enough, trying to keep myself busy under the guise of being productive. I narrowed my focus and took care of myself and got more done.
Don’t try to do too much or you will burn out. Take care of yourself first!
Wrap up
This week had tremendous wins and a lot of learnings about myself and what I was trying to do. Take care of yourself and invest in your growth. Let other people guide and help you. You never know what kind of opportunities you will have!
Thank you for reading and I will see you next week for another issue of The Weekly Retrospective!
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Brock Herion
Brock Herion @brockherion

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