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A little jealous that you don't have to touch AppleScript to achieve this effect. Didn't know about xprop in Linux, so thanks for teaching me something today!
We definitely see parallels with co-working spaces. How did that co-working space work for you? Do you work out of any coffee shops or other places like that now (if that's possible given restrictions where you live)?
Pre-pandemic, I would often sit at a Starbucks before going into the office to knock out one specific task since I always knew as soon as I got to the office, I'd usually have to sync up with a coworker on something. Again, I know everyone has their own preferences, but something about the energy/ambiance of a coffee shop has always helped me get focused much more than a library or completely silent corner. One issue with co-working spaces is that sometimes it's not clearly delineated when people are trying to get focused work done vs. chat, and we felt the same pain with unstructured co-working Zooms that we did at the beginning of the pandemic.
Thanks Andyxor! We have a weekly writing session that my co-founder hosts and I'm going to host a couple of coding-specific sessions soon. Even more specific tasks like leetcode/interview prep would be super interesting. One of our members hosts a weekly reading session—during busy weeks, that's basically the only time I'll make progress on a book, so that's been delightful.
Thanks orky56! I'm an avid runner and can't stop seeing similarities between fitness/training and work (and specifically startups). Wrote about some of them here: https://www.flow.club/blog/how-to-work-like-elite-athletes-t...
> In my world, I need less discipline for vision work and more for tedious activities.
That's definitely a big use case for Flow Club—getting to inbox zero or writing an email that you've been dreading.
Re: increasing the intensity, we do have some 90-minute and 120-minute sessions, which are super challenging for me even after hundreds of Flow Club sessions and years of using pomodoros. There's also some interesting ideas in this thread that my co-founder responded to re: ways to increase the intensity: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28223257
Thanks for checking it out and the kind words re: the idea qnsi.
>I think there is no real accountability (I can imagine pathological procrastinator might lie that their session went well, when in reality they browsed FB).
That's a good point— a "pathological procrastinator" could definitely do that, but they'd mostly just be cheating themselves since they're not here to pretend to work for their boss. To your point though, some users have requested a way to share their screen for extra accountability, and we've even had a couple members do this with virtual cameras. At the end of the day though, we're building a community that celebrates the process and gradual progress made by time-blocking and goal-setting to do our best work, so if someone feels this way, I think the community can help them. To bring in another perspective, I'm an avid runner, and occasional cheating (course-cutting during races or faking Strava data) does happen within that community, but besides the shame of getting caught, if you're running every week with a community, cheaters will either self-select out of the community, or hopefully see the emptiness that comes with achievements they didn't earn.
Thanks for checking it out! I don't think that it's because "[you're] just old"— it's definitely a matter of personal preference, and we know this style of working isn't for everyone.
Re: open offices, that's a good point— I actually think open offices are distracting if people are walking around behind you or chatting in the background. But if everyone else is also hard at work (and therefore not really watching), I definitely feel a small lift from that ambiance/energy.
Thanks so much for trying it out and for the kind words Dan!
> setting goals for the hour, seeing the faces of six strangers on mute, and a timer ticking down. It drove focus and accountability.
Goal-setting is so powerful and yet so difficult— clarity of goals + setting the right level of challenge for the time period are two of the key characteristics of flow state (as defined by the great Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi). Re: "seeing the faces of six strangers", we think that this experience becomes more powerful as you come back to Flow Club over time—you'll do sessions with some of the same hosts and a mix of new faces, acquaintances, and friends, both from outside Flow Club as well as ones that you make in Flow Club.
David from Flow Club here— I'll be hosting a few Hacker News-only sessions today and tomorrow. I remember attending a HN meetup in Palo Alto back when I was an undergrad back in 2009 and it was super cool to hear what people were working on—not just the high-level pitch, but literally what they were debugging that day. That's been my favorite part of Flow Club as well.
I've been a big fan of pomodoro and time-blocking, but for a long time was convinced that it didn't work well for coding until I experimented a bit. Wrote up some of my thoughts here: https://www.flow.club/blog/makers-schedule-2021 Would love to hear if any of y'all try to time block for writing code and will be around to answer any questions!
Love the room cleaning operations example! Would have never thought of that operation use case for a no-code tool. Congrats Bruno and Jestor!
When are those meetings scheduled? Are there ways you can get into flow state faster after/in between meetings?
Maker’s Schedule 2021
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Flow Club | Full-stack or Frontend Engineer | Full-time | Based in San Francisco, CA + REMOTE
Flow Club is creating a world where anyone can access deep, focused flow. We’re growing quickly and hiring the founding team to intentionally design a future work environment that is better for the 1B+ knowledge workers everywhere.
We’re seed funded and looking for a full stack engineer and frontend engineer excited by the prospect of building the software that powers the most productive work environment.
Experience with Typescript, React, python, and WebRTC are not required, but are a definite plus.
jobs @ flow (dot) club
How to work like elite athletes train
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I did see one such study that looked at emotional expressions/body language rated on a Joy-Sadness Display Scale by 5 trained observers in addition to self-reported measures: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233265431_Experienc...
Of course, this wouldn't really work for a longitudinal study.
I think "being productive" vs. "time well spent" and "doing things that really matter" is a false dichotomy. It doesn't have to be this way. I know that's a statement from a position of privilege— not every has a job where they can feel like they are in a flow state while working, but do you have any side projects or hobbies where you feel both productive and feel like it's time well spent?
Coming to this pretty late, but I've been fascinated with the concept of flow recently, which researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihaly described as:
Again, not everyone is in a position to do this, but I think we should de-emphasize number of hours spent in "work mode" albeit inefficiently or without great focus or working on things that aren't super important and more time seeking deep focus and then time completely off to relax, recharge and let ideas background process/percolate.
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times . . . The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile”
Great work Wenbin! What's the hardest part about maintaining this API?
Posted the Bloomberg article before realizing that it might be paywalled for some— alternate link: https://decrypt.co/38255/jay-z-blockchain-alchemy-public-lau...
Super excited to see Alchemy launch publicly. I was part of the early team before leaving in December to start a new startup. If anyone has questions, I can ping someone on the team!
Jay Z, Charles Schwab-Backed Ethereum App Opens Doors to Public
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