Once again, it is Saturday. We are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic and it seems that days, weeks and months are flying by. My routine on workdays has not changed at all. I work five 2-hour blocks with most intermissions of about 15 minutes. The intermission for lunch is about an hour. Actual lunch takes about 20 minutes, but my wife and I sit down with a cup of espresso and chat for about 20 more minutes. When done we do the dishes and I go down to my home office.
A day or so ago I read a post on the Financial Times titled “How the Modern Office is Killing Our Creativity”. This is nothing new but seems that most people do not wish to understand the consequences and apply changes to improve. This specially holds for the CEO down to the project managers.
Since I can remember, I have always tried to set a reminder of what I need to achieve in a specified time period. In some cases I write down the set of tasks. In others I just repeat a set of memorized steps. One way or the other, if possible I perform the tasks in solitude. Of course there are some tasks that need to be performed with others (e.g., consultation regarding an issue, ideas if I get stuck, help team members when they need it). Continue reading “Repeated String”
It is almost time to complete the first 2-hour block of the day. I work using a technique called Deep Work. Today I got up at 05:00 AM and have been at it for about two hours. I believe I have enough time to complete this post.
I received an email message from HackerRank with the Game of Thrones – 1 challenge. The challenge is simple. We have to determine if a string of characters may be converted to a palindrome or not. Keep in mind that palindromes longer than one character are made up of pairs of characters. Continue reading “Game of Thrones – I”