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Krzysztof Platis
Krzysztof Platis

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Take care of your physiological needs to make optimal architectural decisions ๐Ÿค”

As a software architect, your most important skill is making optimal decisions. But your brain totally depends on your body. When you're sleepy ๐Ÿ›๏ธ, hungry ๐Ÿด or need to visit a toilet ๐Ÿšฝ, your brain gets disturbed. Then it can hardly make any well-balanced judgements. Don't force yourself to finish your task first, unless you want to make some bad decision. When feeling strange or anxious, just pause, take care of yourself and get back to your work. Youโ€™ll finish your task better when calmed down.

The great book โ€œSelf-Regโ€ (by Stuart Shanker) explained to me the implication: neglecting physiological needs cause higher susceptibility to stress.

Self-regulation

Read the signals from your body

  • tapping your fingers nervously
  • shaking your leg
  • feeling a headache
  • ruminating past mistakes or thinking about things which can go wrong
  • getting easily frustrated by small problems
  • โ€ฆ

Identify your stressors

Ask yourself: โ€œWhy now?โ€

  • did you have enough sleep today? Wanna yawn?
  • are you hungry? Is it now your usual time for a meal?
  • are you thirsty?
  • do you need to visit a toilet?
  • do you need more movement?
  • are you tired of noise?
  • is anyone or anything else stressing you?
  • โ€ฆ

Reduce your stressors

When you know what your body needs, satisfy it. โ€œTurn down the volumeโ€ of your stressor. ๐Ÿ”‡
If you cannot switch it off completely, take a break and use your best tricks that calm you down.

  • eat ๐Ÿฅช
  • drink ๐Ÿฅค
  • take a walk ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ
  • listen to relaxing music ๐ŸŽง
  • make your coffee โ˜•๏ธ
  • take a short power nap ๐Ÿ›
  • โ€ฆ

โ€œOur highest priority is to protect our ability to set prioritiesโ€

(Essentialism - Greg McKeown)

When youโ€™re stressed out, your perception doesnโ€™t adapt quickly to changing circumstances. You focus easily on irrelevant details and loose the big picture. You invest time in perfectionism for things that donโ€™t deserve it.

To make optimal decisions you often need to rely on your intuition. Itโ€™s a general bodyโ€™s feeling of comfort or discomfort when evaluating some idea. But any neglected physiological need can disrupt your gut feeling.

If you donโ€™t reduce your stressor for too long, the tension escalates and you totally loose the essence. Your attention can hardly get away from what youโ€™ve been working on for long time. That can be a vicious circle which may disrupt both your health and the health of the projectโ€™s architecture.

Summary

In every work day you face challenges which require from you setting priorities and making judgements. So you need your brain to stay efficient. But it totally depends on your body, so you should take care of it. Read it's signals, identify stressors and reduce them. It's for the sake of your health and the health of your project which depend on your optimal decisions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Ania Gajecka

Self-care is such an important thing. Especially now, during constant lockdown!

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