How I trained myself to deep work on demand - Managing energy and mental focus, step by step

I do a lot of deep work each day. Readers of this blog might know that apart from writing, I work full-time as a data scientist, develop video games as a hobby, and also speak at many conferences. How am I not already tired out from full-time work alone? The answer is energy management and mental focus.

Focusing for hours on brainpower intensive activities seems easy and routine to me now, but there was a time when it wasn’t so. In this article I’ll share how I manage my energy, and how one can reproducibly expand their mental “gas tank”.

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How I made a video game and sold 5k+ copies: Introduction to visual novel game engine, Ren'Py

How I started developing video games as a complete beginner. Luckily, with the free game engine Ren'Py I was even able to make a profit as an independent game developer with no budget.

Practical thoughts on career door-opening - even without knowing one's 'passion in life'

It's ok to not know one's passion, or what "I'm doing with my life". What is important to do, is to open doors for the future you that does have it figured out.

Why create? Assorted thoughts on software development

It is incredible to build something out of nothing, and software is a unique way to do so. Let's examine types of impact software has on the world and its meaning to us as creators.

How I optimize my day with routines and tools: Lessons from balancing multiple projects

How do I juggle many commitments in addition to full time work? For years I've refined my routines and found efficient tools in order to manage my time, and here I share it with readers.

How to accomplish more with less - Tools and routines I've found useful

Eugene Yan, data scientist and blogger, shares his daily routine and tools that help him get things done effectively.

Why actions alone don't produce great results: What I learned from writer's block in game development

When I encountered a severe block in my game development process, I looked for inspiration as to what makes great games succeed. It turns out it's simple - just be consistent.

How to gain expert intuition from self learning and why it impacts employability

When self-learning it is easy to keep going in circles without accomplishing the goal of mastery or improving employability. This articles explains why it is crucial to gain expert intuition, and how.

Any career is possible: What I learned from multiple industries unrelated to my formal education

Has entering a new field or transitioning to another career ever seemed impossible? Let's talk about how it is doable and make a practical mindset shift. You are not locked down in any career, regardless of your existing experience or formal education.

Why networking is like investing in an index fund - How I met multiple interviewers by attending events

Networking or serendipity? In this article I explain the definition of networking once and for all. Here's how I used networking to get my first data scientist job and meet multiple final round interviewers by attending conferences and meetups.