Preslav Mihaylov

Speaker, Software Engineer, Technical Trainer. Passionate about computer science, presentations and reading books

Tag: productivity

Speaking at WordCamp Sofia

WordCamp is an annual WordPress community event organized in cities all over the world. Professionals from the WordPress world come and share some great content about development, blogging, soft skills and more.

I will be making an appearance at WordCamp Sofia. I am extremely honored to speak on the biggest community WordPress event in Bulgaria. The date is 11th November, Arena Mladost Hall, Sofia.

My presentation is The Productive Developer. We will see what are the bottlenecks to our productivity and what are the solutions to them. But apart from that, we are going to explore some great tools and techniques that will help you not simply discover where your productivity gaps are, but systematically solve them! And the best thing about these tools is that you can start applying them right now.

I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with great people on WordCamp Sofia, 2017.

Going to the conference yourself? Then just let me know and contact me. I would be happy to chat and see you on the 11th of November at Arena Mladost Hall, Sofia.

Stay tuned for further news and updates about upcoming slides & video.

The process of achieving a meaningful goal

Some time ago, I told you my story of becoming a better player in League of Legends. There was some kind of flaw in my skills and I decided to change that. So I started watching some YouTube videos about becoming a better LoL player.

But the key to mastering that game was not in studying all sorts of fancy game mechanics or memorizing the items to buy for each hero. It was in adopting a mindset of always blaming yourself instead of your team for the mistakes you all make. That helped me skyrocket my overall gameplay and after a while, I was able to climb the ranked ladder of the game and I moved from the weakest division to being among the top 5% of the players in my server.

This achievement was quite improbable at first. So since then I had been wondering – how could adopting such a philosophy make me a better player in the game? Why didn’t all the mechanics I had watched help me, but instead it was this simple thought of always blaming yourself that released the handle of my potential?

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Keeping yourself organized in today’s world

Somewhere around the start of the school year, we had to prepare our student books. We had to get some signatures, some photos and getting all the needed data on it. I was always the last one to do that. One particular year, my class teacher gave me my students book, after the head teacher had signed it, and said: “Don’t lose it this time”.

“Of course I won’t” I said confidently and went back to my desk. One week later, a man came to school and said he had found a lost students book. The teacher wasn’t surprised when he found out it was mine. The funny thing is that only when I received it did I realize I had lost it in the first place.

As time passed, I finished school, learned new things and advanced myself greatly. But one thing did not change – my carelessness.

But now, I ought to be more responsible if I am to be taken seriously as a professional. That is why,  I have discovered a framework which has helped me transition from a careless boy to a responsible person.

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The productive developer

When I started my first job, I was really excited as I realized that this is the point at which I start programming professionally. But once I got to actual work, there was some kind of flaw in my performance. I was trying to do my tasks from the moment I came until I finished. But while doing so, I constantly distracted myself with social media. And when I got assigned a huge task, I felt overwhelmed and it was extremely hard to even start doing it, just because I realize how much work I have to do in order to finish it. I just couldn’t keep myself productive.

But at one point, I realized that my approach was totally wrong.  Today, I will show you a system, which has become an extremely useful tool for me, that aids me at feeling satisfied with my work and delivering maximum output.

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