Ethan Banks

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I Didn’t Even Know I Was Sick

This piece was originally published in the Packet Pushers’ Human Infrastructure Magazine, a publication about the human side of working in technology. HIM is sent every other week or so to Packet Pushers Ignition members. Sign up for free. I recently tweeted… I’ve become okay with only having so much time in my schedule. Would adding this { new | random | unexpected } thing to the mix...

Don’t Reply To Everything

I like to meet other's expectations, and have them think cuddly, happy thoughts about what a swell person I am. I know that when I send an email, I hope to get a response. Therefore, when I receive an e-mail, my natural inclination is to respond.

StayFocusd Extension For Chrome

Stayfocusd is a useful Chrome extension for filtering time-wasting websites. It's a progressive step towards deleting social media accounts entirely.

Space To Think My Own Thoughts

How I can create deep content if my mind is usually in a broken mirror state, challenged by outside thoughts and ideas all of the time?

The Pros & Cons Of Task Managers

Task managers are tools that allow you to maintain organized lists of the things you need to do. Over the last couple of months, I have shifted my workflow to revolve around a task manager. That means that what I do each day is driven by the tasks that are on my list. If the task is on my list, I perform that task until it’s completed or at least moved as far as I can move it. If something...

All Of Ethan’s Podcasts And Articles For December 2017

Here’s a catalog of all the media I produced (or helped produce) in December 2017. PACKET PUSHERS WEEKLY PODCAST Episode 368 – Radical Change, Devops, and Automation. Greg Ferro and I kick around a bunch of ideas, including why it can be hard to bring radical products to market, DevOps as a communications issue, and whether automation tooling is just a provisional step in the evolution of...

Postpone Inbox Procrastination

I’ve recently admitted to myself that my ineptitude with my inbox is due largely to procrastination. That is, I can’t face the task that a particular inbox message presents, and thus I ignore the message. With this admission comes a desire to reach inbox zero each and every day. I don’t like my productivity squashed by ineptitude. I must overcome! But how? Getting to inbox zero...

Ethan Banks On productivity.

Most people know me because I write & podcast about IT on the Packet Pushers network. I also co-authored "Computer Networks Problems & Solutions" with Russ White.

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