Daily Log - reading, watching & listening

Sophie Gill ยท 5 March, 2022

Iโ€™m starting a new job on Monday, and have had the luxury of ~10 days off since leaving Cleo. The past 12 months have been unbelievably stressful in my own life, even before taking into account living through a pandemic, and now a war in Europe.

I stand with Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’›, itโ€™s hard not to feel overwhelmed by the unfolding situation. If you have the means, consider donating to Unicef or The Red Cross

To avoid complete overwhelm, I took the opportunity to read, wind down, and really think about what I want to achieve in my first few months in my next job.

In times like these, I find it most useful to hide myself away a little, and indulge my bookworm tendencies ๐Ÿ›


Iโ€™ve recently subscribed to a few newsletters and am so far enjoying them all:

  • The Imperfectionist by Oliver Burkeman for thoughtful reflections on modern life.
  • I struggle to stay on top of tech news, TLDR has really helped with this.
  • The Pragmatic Engineer is great for software engineering specific news and thought-pieces

Iโ€™ve been struggling to read as many blogs as I should, or to write in my own little corner of the web, maybe creating a newsletter would help me form the habit? Also, the demise of Google Reader was big contributing factor in me giving up blog reading. If I canโ€™t find an alternative, maybe I should build one ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Iโ€™ve also been reading Staff Engineer by Will Larson. Iโ€™m at least a few years away from Staff Engineer level, and not yet sure where Iโ€™ll go after Iโ€™ve gotten what I want out of a mid/senior software engineer role. But Iโ€™ve so far found this book to be a great introduction to the role, and some of the tips will no doubt be useful in the near future.


Iโ€™d somehow completely forgotten about Criminal, but came back to it with a lovely episode about Masquerade, a book I was obsessed with as a child.

First time listen for me, to Not Overthinking, and the latest episode discussing The Pathless Path was probably a great start for me. My career has taken many twists and turns, but overall Iโ€™ve found that I do better when I focus on short-term goals, together with self-knowledge, and trust the process to take care of the rest.

As Iโ€™ve matured Iโ€™ve realised that I needed to add a financial plan into the mix, to avoid continually re-starting my life and allow me to reach life goals as well as career milestones.


Nothing tech-related here! In stressful times, my version of comfort watching involves lots of quiet, calm youtube videos.

The Sounds of Camping series by Go4x4 is so soothing, and I love seeing the beauty and variety of Australia. It makes me want to go back soon!

I only recently discovered that I enjoy Studio Ghibli films, My Neighbour Totoro is now one of my all time favourite films. The first 30 minutes in particular are really special.

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