First things first, open Chrome, check my personal email which there are a handful; a few being spam; a few more being marketing emails; and a couple having originated from real people. I read and respond to those quickly. My work inbox has about three times more emails. Most are automated notifications from service-based apps I use or am working. Most of these simply informational and can be ignored. I prioritize the rest, respond letting people know I’ll get back to them, and minimize this Chrome window to avoid distraction.
Ten minutes in I notice it’s too quiet. My mind is all over the place, focus eludes me. Six seconds later Pandora and Airfoil are filling the room with rhythm. It hooks into my brain and my brain conforms. All of my thoughts begin to move in concert with one another, a pace is set, my focus narrows in on the problem at hand.
As it nears standup time, which at Mutually Human is at the end of the day, the feature is finished. After another detailed review of the afternoon’s changes, I discipline myself to make sure I’m being consistent and following conventions. I look over the tests and the scenarios that have been added and decide a few are missing. A few minutes later those are added, so I do a clean commit and push.
After reviewing the next card in which to start tomorrow, I go pick up the guitar and wait for our standup to commence.
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