Under Health I didn’t see anything about smoking. OTOH I skimmed, maybe you wrote it.

If you smoke then you have not only electively become an addict but you have decided that your health doesn’t matter, and should not bother with exercise, healthy diet, or anything else. Just smoke your fucking cigarettes and die.

Under productivity you mention long meetings, as if shorter ones are somehow not also wasted time. Meetings are almost never productive uses of time and you should resist every meeting you are called to. Be a pain in the ass about it. Refer to meetings as “interruptions’,” for example.

We have an interruption scheduled for 2PM, do we really have anything to talk about?

The best software groups I’ve worked in had one group meeting per week. That’s almost always enough.

Because whether it’s ten minutes or three days (Intel has those), a meeting is an interruption, and great software work requires flow, that “in the zone” state that some people can get into. That zone is usually achievable only once per day and and interruption ends it.

That’s why we used to have private offices.

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