Want to become a Happy and Productive Programmer? Use these 5 techniques from Psychology

How Ideas from Human Psychology can help Programmers?

Do you want to program at your peak performance? Do you want to enjoy programming job? What are the tricks to get unstuck from hard problems? How can you push your cognitive capabilities? Turning into Psychology can tell us answers.

Like a hero of a movie, the programmer’s life has villains, diversions, fights, and emotions. Are you ready to become a programming hero?

Achieve Flow State

In the famous book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals that the secret for achieving Peak Performance is doing work in an optimal state called flow.

Flow is optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and capable of performing at top level. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and completely > involved in an activity for its own sake.

Flow also happens when a person’s skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable, so it acts as a magnet for learning new skills and increasing > challenges.


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How to Embed Code in your Medium blog or on any Website?

Problems in direct Medium Embed or Gists

We can display code in Medium by adding code block between two ``` (s). But this doesn’t look pretty without syntax highlighting.

The common alternative is to embed code using github Gists. But, we can’t customize syntax highlight theme. Also, it will be nice to annotate code with callouts instead of standard code comments.

Doculet - Easy way to Embed code in Medium

To solve above problems, I have built a new app (named as Doculet). The beta version of Doculet is ready to use.


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Why education system should not simply teach solutions, but the fundamental problem solving skills.

(Illustrated using a story of how I taught my kid to make 10 year calendar using less than 10 Pages)

Why we should not teach simply the solutions to the problems, instead teach kids the fundamental problem solving skills?

How to create 10 year calendar with less that 10 pages?

Wondering how these two questions are related?

I will share how I taught my 7 year old daughter to make 10 year calendar with less than 10 pages. Then, I will answer why we should not teach simply the solutions to problems by explaining reasoning behind my teaching approach.

I will also discuss few fundamental skills our education system should teach and what can we change in Math education.

How I taught creating 10 year calendar with less than pages?

The conversation I had with my daughter.

I: How long is one year’s calendar ?

Daughter : There are 12 months. So It will be 12 pages.

I: How long will be a 10 year’s calendar ?

Daughter: Hmm.. that is 10 times 12, so it will be 120 pages.

I: But, we can make 10 year calendar in less than 10 pages.

Daughter: (with excitement) How?

I: To do that, we need to do a calendar research to identify patterns.

Daughter: How can I do that?

I: I will show you how


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Your One Word The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter?

Insights from Evan Carmichael’s Book

About the Book

This book will help give you the momentum, guidance, and confidence you need to build a business and life you can be proud of. This book is aimed at entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs, managers, and anyone else who wants to achieve success in a powerfully meaningful way.

This book will help you identify your one word — the word that captures your purpose and passion and teaches you how to build your business around that one word.

Key message of the book

There is One Word that connects all the things in your life that make you come alive. Your One Word is your core. Identifying your one word gives you several benefits such as:


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Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact?

Insights from book The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

About the book

We all have experienced wonderful moments in our lives that stand out in our memory. This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience and tries to answer the question “Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, and forget the rest?”

This book will help us create meaningful experiences to

  • To Enrich our life.
  • To connect with others.
  • To make beautiful memories.
  • To improve experience of customers or patients or employes.

Some examples of how this can be useful in our practical lives:

  • What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later?
  • What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers?
  • What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?

Key Message of the Book


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