Sometime it is difficult to concentrate on the task at hand – especially if you are almost always at work, with a day job and a startup on the side. At those times, I find it particularly difficult to resist the temptation to compulsively wander to some interesting websites, like Hacker News or some other online news source.
I already had a little Windows software installed to block a list of distracting websites for a given time when I need it, but I often code on Linux and that program doesn’t work there. That’s how I came across Concentrate for Chrome, a Chrome extension that does that same thing – but works equally well on Windows and Chrome.
If you’re like me, and sometimes being a news-aholic interferes with your being a workaholic, this extension is highly recommended!
Creating a startup while working a full time job has its pros and cons. Among the pros, you don’t have to use a lot of your time minding your investors (or looking for them), and you can devote your energies to just make the best possible product. Among the cons, progress is slower and it is very difficult to be productive on workdays, when you already spend 8 hours or more on your day job.
But a week ago I read a comment on HN (edit: thanks to raju in the comments for pointing me to the exact link) that inspired me to rethink how I’m organizing myself , and with one simple change I doubled my productivity on workdays. How? Instead of working on hashtagify at nights, after getting home from my day job, I’m starting my day two hours earlier, and doing 2 hours of programming in the morning, before going to work.
I’m usually a night person, and have always been very productive at nights, since when I was just a student. But after eight hours of work, it is difficult to have that kind of focus that you need to program, and the two (or two and a half) hours in the morning have been much more productive than the equivalent time in the evening.
After coming home I still do some lighter work, and don’t go to bed without having scheduled a task to do the next morning; this way when I wake up I don’t have to think what to do and I can be immediately productive.
So, the bottom line is that work on hashtagify pro is proceeding very well: now I’m making as much progress during the workweek as I usually make during weekends, while before I only made major progress outside workdays. This means that soon enough I’ll be able to release the first beta. Stay tuned!