WooCommerce 3.3

Today we released an updated version of WooCommerce. The most exciting feature for me is Greater theme support and customization. Them support is an extremely challenging problem simply because theme developers have so much freedom in how they can structure themes.

I take great joy in knowing that many new users will get to use WooCommerce with almost any them and have it working without thinking about custom code.

Kudos to all those who have contributed to this release.

Read more about the what’s new here: https://woocommerce.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/woocommerce-3-3-has-been-released/

10 things I learned from reading my 2017 journal.

Since I decided to start Journaling, I also decided that I’ll read my own Journals to keep tabs on myself. As the saying goes: “Pen and paper do not forget”.

I feel like I’ve been sleeping all the years before 2017. Feels like I haven’t done much with my life. Journaling is one way to be awakened as to never forget what I did and how I progressed.

I’m learning a lot about myself. These are the top 10 things I gathered after reading through my Journal entries in 2017.

  1. I realized how Important the art of communication is, particularly, listening.
  2. Always write slower and neater, it helps to be able to read things in future.
  3. My health routines improved dramatically.
  4. Do not Journal todo lists, they do not make sense in the future.
  5. I Must read my Journals, If you don’t you may as well stop writing. It is for self-improvement.
  6. It was a year of financial mindset shifts: zero debt, living more simplistically lastly deciding what is important and spending on that.
  7. Accountability and Routines are valuable keys to success.
  8. The words of Dave Ramsey and Jim Rohn mentored me.
  9. Hardly wrote about my walk in Christ, needs urgent attention.
  10. Having multiple, themed, journals have helped me write a lot.

I hope to continue Journaling.

Colemak Fingers

I’m switching to Colemak. It’s an alternate keyboard layout that allows you to type while your fingers travel shorter distances. You can read more about the reasons this is better than QWERTY here: http://chetansurpur.com/blog/2012/11/colemak.html

My main reason for switching is that so many others at Automattic made the switch and had only good things to say. For me it came down to comfort, speed and the joy of trying something new.

I was considering the impact that this will have on my work as a programmer, but figured there will never be a good time to do this. There will always be deadlines, things to get done and communication to be had. So now is the best time.

Also, it’s time to try something new as QWERTY hasn’t done me much good. My current typing speed and accuracy is terrible and I experience pain in my wrists. I pathetically type 30wpm with 77% accuracy. My goal is 100wpm with at least 90% accuracy.

I hope to improve accuracy and typing speed and so my productivity and reduce fatigue in my fingers.

I’ll write more about my journey.

Keeping a journal can change your life

I started some time ago, but it is now more focused and intentional.

I’ve always used a notebook but have recently started using the Dayone App. It allows for multiple journals in one app. So I have a journal for health, wealth my walk in Christ and even one for my son Judah.

I keep track of all my goals and my progress towards them. I write down lessons learnt and mistake I wish to avoid in future. I write some very private stuff, and also keep note of my bad habits.

When you journal you keep a record of your growth. The mind simply doesn’t track change like this. It doesn’t remember small changes over a long time. Just like when you see a friend after a long time, you can show they’ve changed, but they and the people around them don’t notice much. Reviewing the journal after some time is like visiting an old friend. You see all the changes in their life and can compare what you’ve written down.

Jim Rohn speak so powerfully about Journalling, this inspired me even more: