Nick Floyd, a Developer at New Relic in Portland, recently decided his life need a little ‘hacking’ so in true nerd fashion set up a series of experiments to test his life improvement theories and then reported his findings in the company blog.
He decided to focus on three areas: his health, his environment and his mind. He said, “My findings surprised me a bit because I saw myself as a different kind of nerd – the nocturnal, antisocial, Red Bull-chugging, Pringles-eating developer. Stereotypes aside, I think of these areas as the ‘Nerd’s hierarchy of needs.’ When any of them are misaligned, then you’ll find mediocrity not far behind.”
His first experiment centered on exploring his health. According to Floyd, “Years ago, I was able to throw code 100 hours per week, get a little sleep, drink a Mountain Dew, rinse and repeat.” He wondered if this was really the best approach so:
Week 1: Come into work a little later, go home / have family time; then, after everyone was sleeping, write code from 10:00pm – 2:00am
Week 2: Come into work around 6:00 – 7:00am and leave at 4:00pm; go home with a closed laptop and go to sleep at a consistent time
Much to his surprise, week two was the solid winner.
Check out the blog post to discover what he learned about hacking his environment and his mind.
What areas of your life do you want to consider hacking?