All posts filed under: happiness engineer

How to Schedule Your Tasks with Calendar Blocks by sarah.blog

How to Schedule Your Tasks with Calendar Blocks

As I’ve settled into my work at Automattic as a Happiness Engineer for WordPress.com, which is remote and requires self-discipline and managing my own time well, I’ve tried several different methods of scheduling my tasks and keeping track of my time. I used this method of calendar blocks for several months very successfully. (The past few months I’ve been trying a more digital bullet journal-type method, which I’ll share the details of soon, in case you’re not a calendar person.) Mapping out your day with calendar blocks isn’t anything fancy, but it can definitely get the job done if you’re needing to assign tasks to the hours of your day to stay on top of things. This quote basically explains why it works: “When it comes to task completion the major difference between a calendar and a to-do-list is that the calendar accounts for time. You’re forced to work within the constraints of the 24 hours that you have. Not only that, given that there are only 24 hours it also reduces the paradox of …

A Day in the Life of a Happiness Engineer by sarah.blog

A Day in the Life of a Happiness Engineer

I work at Automattic as a Happiness Engineer for WordPress.com. I’ve shared some details on what that’s like before (see here), but never a whole day play-by-play… until now! My day, as it happened on Wednesday, February 22, follows. This post is part of a series describing what Happiness Engineers at Automattic do each day. Read more like it by checking #a8cday on WordPress.com and Twitter. 7:30am – This is when my husband says goodbye and heads to work, so I start thinking I should probably get up too. I rest a while longer, then grab my phone and check Slack to catch up on my team’s channel plus a few others, and see what happened on Twitter overnight. I’m still not quite ready to get up, so I read a few chapters of a historical romance novel I’m in the middle of in the Kindle app. (Book: A Duchess in Name, The Grantham Girls #1 by by Amanda Weaver.) 8:50am – I jump out of bed and get dressed in real-ish clothes so I’m video-worthy, then I finger …

Thanks for the memories, Timehop.

Thanks to Timehop, I realized a year ago today is when I had my Matt Chat, which wrapped up my Happiness Engineer trial at Automattic, and led to the job I currently have and love. My tweet from when I got the first Slack ping from Matt and the chat began: And then about six hours later when it was done and I’d landed the job: I spent the rest of the day (and the next few days, if I’m honest) in a haze of excitement. After yesterday’s blahs, this was a perfect reminder of something that has gone (and is going!) great in my life, so thanks, Timehop. I appreciate your perfect timing. This day last year changed my life in an amazing way and I’m glad to remember it. I’ll celebrate the official one year anniversary of my first day on the job later this month. I marked six months very happily here, and I have even more to say about it all now. ❤

Toast Ambassador

The other day I needed to sign up for a Google Apps email through WordPress.com to use at work, which meant getting a new domain first, and soooooooo: Welcome, ToastAmbassador.com to the Internet! 😀 (I’m sarah@ there.) I really love toast, and my name is an alias for the cute toast emoji (look!) in our Automattic Slack. (Which leads to someone realizing that for the first time occasionally and going, “Why are you a smiling piece of bread?”) Anyway! Isn’t that little toast logo just the cutest? And so official! The Kawaii Toast is from Collective Creation & the leaf frame is from Erin Bradley Designs (both on Etsy). I combined them in Inkscape to make my status as Ambassador of Toast super legit. Have you visited the site and joined my toast mailing list yet?  Related: Remember the last time I needed a domain and ended up with tennisballwearingawig.com? (I’ll never forget, Pretty Little Liars. That was just too odd.)

Team Nails & Cookies

For our last full day together at our team meetup, we had time blocked for pausing on the work stuff & doing something fun, so we went for manicures and pedicures. We basically took over the salon and it was a great chance to chat & relax. Once we got back to the house, we baked cookies! ❤️ Team Hedwig!

The Shared House Comfort Zone

When sharing a house with your work team for a week, things tend to get really casual very quickly. Our time together has basically been the live-action version of our team’s Slack channel, with #underweargate thrown in for good measure. If you usually work remotely, I highly recommend finding a way to hang out with your team like this (especially if your only other chance is at a much larger company-wide meetup). (In response to the tip about removing EXIF data from a photo before sexting it to anyone.) Tomorrow we’re learning about Google Apps integration at WordPress.com to just about finish up the learning/working portion of our week, hitting up the nail salon for mani/pedi bonding time, then baking cookies! 😀

Happiness Engineers and Ice Cream

The happiest of Happiness Engineers. #Automattic #phoenixinphoenix #a8c @jjade42685 A post shared by Marjorie Asturias (@myinnerfrenchgirl) on Jan 20, 2016 at 9:36pm PST Peanut Butter Cup ice cream from Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale today. #yum #phoenixinphoenix A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 20, 2016 at 7:47pm PST My team is in Arizona for a meetup this week, which has involved lots of laughter & some ice cream too.