Marc Markvart, the chief technology officer of Marcus Aurelius Software LLC., had a dream to expand his father’s software company and improve upon some of the most classic programs out there – including his father’s masterpiece, Meditations. One day, he shared his idea with his colleagues and they all thought it was nuts, saying there was no way they could build on such established platforms. But they wanted to support their boss, so they decided to give it a try, anyway.
The Meditations is well known for its emphasis on mindfulness and self-awareness. To manage our tasks, Marcus would undoubtedly be an advocate of task management software that lets you break up projects into bite-sized pieces. By tracking your time spent on each project, task management software can help you visualize where you’re falling short with each new feature or initiative. Time-tracking and productivity apps like Toggl or Timing let you organize tasks by user story, so you can see how much time it takes to complete them (you don’t want to create an app for happiness if it costs twice as much as originally estimated). And since these apps also track how long each task has taken, they make it easy to spot patterns and tweak workflows as needed.
Don’t wait until your work day is in total disarray to start focusing on time management. Marcus, being an emperor and all, had plenty of leeway to do what he needed when he needed to do it, but most of us don’t have that luxury. That said, if you know you are struggling with time management (and let’s face it, we all are), take steps now to get organized so you can have more productive days—and nights—ahead. One simple step: Write down your daily routine before you go to bed each night. You will amazed at how much easier things seem once they are written down. There is just something about writing something down that makes everything feel more real and manageable.
Marcus Aurelius lived in one of history’s most troubled times, suffering several invasions and power struggles throughout his reign. Despite these troubling circumstances, Marcus was able to focus on things that were both within his control and not within his control. To quote Marcus: Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. But where life is impossible, what does it matter how one lives? Developing software can be extremely difficult when there are constantly changing technologies or companies that don’t believe you should have access to data you own or create.
Marcus Aurelius was one of Rome’s greatest emperors, a philosopher who wrote at length about inner peace. The quote that best encapsulates his philosophy is, The impediment to action advances action. This phrase is applicable to software development because of how many bottlenecks can get in our way when working on projects. For example, if you have trouble implementing something you need or want it might help your cause by delaying work so you have time to go learn what you need to know and then come back with your skills improved. Or perhaps there are people blocking progress on something and some procrastination could buy you some time until they’re ready for things to move forward again.
\Marcus Aurelius, who wrote Meditations, was one of Rome’s most successful rulers and also an intellectual. So he would be reading philosophy and business books to further his knowledge. Marcus Aurelius, who wrote Meditations, was one of Rome’s most successful rulers and also an intellectual. So he would be reading philosophy and business books to further his knowledge. Listening tips: Roman music would be sophisticated music, but it might not sound familiar; it wouldn’t necessarily have much melody. Instead, it would focus on harmonies that were pleasing to the ear rather than any obvious melodic lines or tune. Roman music would sophisticat music, but it might not sound familiar; it wouldn’t necessarily have much melody.
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Marcus would try to banish fear by taking action, recognizing that action is not nearly as scary as inaction. Marcus had insight into human nature, he understood that true goodness came from letting go of self-interest and living for others. At Marcus Aurelius Software LLC we are proud to call San Francisco home, and work with clients around SF who share our values and love of building great products together. We live our lives according to three basic principles: wisdom, virtue, and bravery.