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Monthly Review: June 2016


This review is a bit late! I did it right at the start of July, but forgot to post it here until now.

If you need to catch up, see last month's review and the entire monthly reviews category.

What did I complete that I am proud of this ...

The ups and downs of freelancing

I've been freelancing for most of the time since I left Buffer a couple of years ago. Freelancing comes with some unique perks that make it a good fit for me as I try to spend lots of time building Hello Code, but lately I've been noticing a ...

Stuff I like: 2016 edition

Almost two years ago I put together a list of some of my favourite physical work tools. While some have stayed the same, I've added a few new favourite items to my list. Here's what I'm using and loving this year.

Leuchtturm1917 notebooks

Still my favourite mainstream ...

How I built a habit of learning French that lasted 132 days

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Every morning I practise French. I've been trying to teach myself French on and off for the last five years or so, but in the last year I've been more serious about making this a daily habit that I stick with.

A couple of weeks ago ...

How I journal


I've been a fan of journalling in theory for a long time. But I haven't been able to put it into practice consistently.

I've tried apps like Day One, and I've tried automatically saving data about my day like where I went and what music I ...

Experimenting with the Midori Traveler's Notebook


I recently shared my process of planning in my Midori Traveler's Notebook on the Decade Thirty blog. I wanted to go into a bit more detail about the inserts I use, for anyone who's wondering about which ones to try.

I've had my Midori Traveler's Notebook ...

My Wife and I Are (Both) Pregnant

This is a fascinating story that brings up some important points about the energy and support required to look after newborn babies.

Monthly Review: May 2016


At the start of each month I do a review of my goals, habits, and experiments from the past month. In January 2015 I started publishing my monthly reviews on my blog instead of keeping them private. You can see them all in my monthly reviews category.

At the start ...

On being a beginner developer

My friend Jeremey has been learning JavaScript for a while. In this post he explains a problem I came up against in my own experience of learning iOS development:

I share the backstory to highlight two main hurdles I ran into:

  1. If you're thinking of pursuing a developer role ...

Enumerating the ways I love Swift Enumerations

Really simple example of how enumerations with associated values work in Swift, and why they're so useful.

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