As I said in my 2019 recap, I wanted to switch from yearly to monthly recaps in 2020, so here is the first one!

I started the year by doing something I should have done a long time ago: uninstalling Twitter and Instagram from my phone. I did the same with Facebook a long time ago and I’m not sure why it took this long for me to do this with these other two apps.

The main reason is simply that I was becoming addicted to constantly checking them. It was the first thing I checked right after waking up, and I would continue doing that dozens (sometimes hundreds!) of times during the day. The amount of wasted time was huge, so I finally decided to stop that and start using that time for something more useful. For now, I’ve been able to reduce the amount of time I spend on my from by half (from 4h/day on average, to 2h).

Besides reducing the amount of time spent, I’ve also improved the quality of what I spend time on. Most of these 2h have been spent reading articles on Pocket (mostly technical ones) and watching technical talks on Youtube.

I took a few days off from work during the first week of the month, and I used that time to relax and get away from anything work related as much as possible. I ended up spending a considerable amount of time watching The Witcher, the second season of Lost In Space and The Mandalorian. At the end of the month, I’ve also started watching Picard, on Amazon Prime and that inspired me to rewatch some of the old episodes of the Next Generation.

Watching series impacted my reading goal a little bit, but I’ve managed to finish one new book: Test Driven Development by Example. I’ve written a review which you can read here. In parallel, I’m also reading The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan and hopefully I’ll finish it by the next month.

As I mentioned on previous recaps, one thing that have been bothering a lot since I’ve started in a new position at work is the fact that I’ve not been coding much. I’ve partially fixed this during January by working on some personal projects in my free time:

  • Trasmontano-fixer: A firefox extension that fixes some annoying UX issues on the website of my health provider. This was also my first project with Typescript!
  • Cacilda: A custom theme for this blog. It is still a work-in-progress but it will hopefully be released soon
  • Reading list: As mentioned, I started using part of the time I spend on my phone to read articles on Pocket. It’s an awesome app, but it lacks some basic features like showing me when I read an article, for example. I then started writing my own reading-list app, with all the features I miss. It’s in a very early stage right now, hence not link for it yet.

At work, things have been calm most of the month and I’ve been basically working on recruitment as we have three new open positions in the company. Most of my time this month was spent on reviewing CVs, creating tests for candidates and in interviews.

That’s it. I’d say that was actually quite a lot for a single month and I’m curious to see how February will be!