Mila Frerichs - Developer, Consultant

Mila Frerichs

Developer, Civic Hacker
Geo- & Data-Geek

Work

Ten things I do to stay productive while working from home for myself

Working from home is a curse and a blessing. Working for yourself is a curse and a blessing as well. Both together can be a toxic mix and the best thing that can happen to you. If it’s easy to interrupt you, you should consider neither. If you can focus yourself without someone breathing down your neck, this could be something for you. If you love to work on your schedule and decide when and what to work this is something you should consider.

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Work

Three tools that help me clean data

Working with Open Data or data in general almost always includes getting your data into shape. It is commonly known as ETL (Extract, Transform, Load). I call it a Data Pipeline. The name Data Pipeline is much easier to understand than ETL, especially with folks who don’t have a technical background. And working with governments and social non-profits/advocacy groups, you most often talk to non-technical people.

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Leisure

Softball

Since my season is almost over, I wanted to share more about one of my favorite hobbies/sports that I have. Softball, also referred as baseballs little brother. They share almost the same rules, and the fields look similar. But softball is faster and needs less space to be played. Despite the name the ball is as hard as a baseball but is bigger and thus for one easier to hit but does not fly that far.

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Work

Automation

I love automating things. The less time I have to spend on a repeating task the better. When I’m repeating a job for three to four times, I will try to automate it. Even if it takes me way longer to automate it than to do it, I will try it. It’s such a relief for me not to do a tedious task over and over again.

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Work / Inspiration

Go to Conferences, meet people

Today I want you to encourage to go to conference and try to meet people especially new ones.
You will never know what will come out of connections you made years ago. Try to follow up with them. Follow them on Twitter, respond to one of their tweets occasionally and they will remember you. Connect on LinkedIn or Facebook, depending how well you got to know them. Follow-up per email, write just a short sentence. That you enjoyed the conversation with them or the topic you discussed got you thinking and share your thoughts with them. They will appreciate and so will you if someone would follow up with you.

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Work

Monthly Review

This is my first monthly review. That’s why it will be not as good as I want. But I will publish a monthly review from now on. On a different note: I did my first real weekly review today. I thought about last week, cleaned up my stuff. I made a new list of my priorities and the projects I want to work on. I cleaned my desk (well worth it). I wrote down my ideas to get more accomplished the next weeks and month. I feel magnificent, and I’ll commit to doing a weekly review every week. I did put it on my calendar for every Friday. So that’s a good thing.

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Inspiration / Work

Podcasts I listen to regularly

I listen to podcast for a while now. I started with technical podcast like giant robots smashing into other giant robots, ruby rogues, nsbrief, etc. I love listen to podcasts even about technical stuff. I think I have an easier time listening to something than to read a blogpost. I can listen to them while walking my dog, riding my bike to college back in the days or taking the train.

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Work

Inbox Zero

I’m happy to be able to say: I’m back at Inbox Zero
After my last trip staying at a friends place for a week, my emails started to pile up, and my filters were not any good anymore.
So I used the last two days to clean up my inbox and add more and better filters to my inboxes.

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Starting to blog again

I wanted to restart my personal blog for years and did not do it. But I started reading Just Fucking Ship and wanted to start shipping. And I thought I start with my blog. Also, I want to make it a habit of writing every day and it’s best to start small and doesn’t have the pressure to produce awesome content while developing a habit.

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Topics

Hello there, I will start blogging from now on and I wanted to write a short review about what I’ll be writing about. The design is not finished yet but what the heck let’s get started.

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