podcast January 25, 2022

How to defend your attention and find a flow state (Ep. 410)

Modern apps have been engineered to capture your attention. We explore how to break free and find more focus for your own programming.
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This week we chat about the forces vying for your attention and how developers can fight back against distractions and get into more productive, focused flow states.

The inspiration for today’s episode was a terrific article from The Guardian about the many ways in which the modern world, specifically the software we use every day, was designed to steal our attention. 

During the episode, we discuss Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a professor know as the “father of flow” for his  pioneering research on flow states. Sadly, Prof. Csikszentmihalyi passed away in 2021, but you can find a terrific  tribute to him and his work here.

In the second half of the episode, we discuss “The California Ideology” and the ways in which hustle culture and libertarian ideals helped to shape Silicon Valley and the world of technology more broadly.

Congrats to our lifeboat badge winner of the week, UrbanoJVR, who answered the question: What is the difference between ‘mvn verify’ vs ‘mvn test’?

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