The principle that will change how you make decisions

What Is the 80/20 Rule?

“The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.” — Wikipedia

In a general sense, 80% means the majority, while 20% is the minority. So even though the exact percentages might not work for every rule, the same approach is applicable.

1. When Choosing When to Work

Most programmers I know make this big mistake: They work 9-5 office hours despite more flexible hours being offered. They assume that this is how they can be productive, even though…


Who doesn’t want a promotion?

Elevator
Elevator

Most software companies give their employees titles and offer them the chance to get promoted from one title to another. Each title reflects the expertise of this employee and decides how much money they earn. The titles differ from one company to another, but a higher title does mean more experience, money, and a greater contribution to the software world. So the faster you reach a promotion, the more successful you are.

In this article, I will give you tips on how to do this.

1. Plan From Day 1

A big mistake that many software engineers make is not planning for their next promotion…


10 tips to ace work from home as a software engineer mother

Laptop and desktop computer on desk
Laptop and desktop computer on desk

Many people judge us based only on our profession, and they forget we are human too. They look at how ambitious we are and how hard we work. However, we cannot neglect our personal life. Work is meant to serve our life — not the opposite. Many women feel that once they become mothers, they need to be stay-at-home moms (SAHMs). Sadly, many women give up on this wish, as they feel this decision will completely end their professional life.

That’s why I wrote this article: to tell you how can you be a stay-at-home mom while being a software…


Reading journal while reading for Harper Lee

I was checking my old reading journals. I found a journal I wrote while reading “How to kill a mockingbird” for Harper Lee. I wrote this years ago before becoming a mother. Yet, I loved to share.

“No two persons ever read the same book.”
― Edmund Wilson

I guess Wilson is right. Reading is not just what you read, it is a mixture of what you are already thinking of, how you imagine stuff, how you interrupt and last the book’s words.

Reading “How to kill a Mockingbird” for Harper Lee, I was captured by Scout’s first day at…


A big failure that Americans need to hold Biden responsible for before it is too late

We have been watching what has been happening in Jerusalem for the last month. It all started with Sheikh Jarrah, where many Palestinians suffered from land thieves evicting them from their homes. I explained the story in an earlier post if you haven’t been reading the news from day one. Settlers decided to take Palestinian homes even before the court results, and Israeli forces killed Palestinians during their holy month while worshiping at the mosque. Later on, Hamas — who the news calls a terrorist group — decided to defend Sheikh Jarrah and the Palestinians in Jerusalem who were being…


As a teacher, you notice stuff that students may not

instructor standing at a lectern in front of a large screen
instructor standing at a lectern in front of a large screen

I graduated in 2014 as a fresh software engineer. I loved teaching, in the same way I loved coding. So I decided to apply for the teaching assistant position at my university, and I taught a couple of courses until 2017 besides doing my main job as a freelancer at Upwork.

I loved my teaching experience, and I love communicating with different students through these courses. Yet I was surprised by the many things I noticed that I had never noticed as a student, and I guess I would have never noticed them without teaching in the field. In this…


Get more work done in your limited hours

Computer screen that says “do more.”
Computer screen that says “do more.”

Most software engineers have eight hours dedicated to work daily. Yet, how they progress through these hours differs a lot. Some people are ready for the next promotion in one year, while others may take many years to reach the next level. Most programmers’ working hours are wasted in headaches, stress, brain blocks, and boredom. Planning for these moments would change the life of any programmer. In this article, I will share some ideas to get more done in the same working hours.

1. Have Two To-Do Lists

Having a to-do list is a great productivity hack. It helps you to focus and to conquer…


What is happening in Sheikh Jarrah?

Perhaps you have seen the structures in the picture above before; perhaps you know what they are and what they mean to billions of Muslims around the world. But in case you don’t: There, in the heart of Jerusalem, is the third most holy place to more than 1.8 billion Muslims around the globe. This place is Al-Aqsa Mosque, it is not just the structures, it is the whole area that the Jewish name Temple Mount. At Al-Aqsa Mosque, Muslims have been praying and worshiping their Creator over there for more than a millennium. …


10 reasons why the most popular social network is dying and how it can be revived

Looking at the brief history of the world and how it changed over the past few centuries, you’ll notice that nothing remains on top forever. Including people, countries, civilizations, and companies. Did you hear about the Dutch East India company? It’s considered the largest company in recorded history, where is it today? The world is rapidly changing and it’s impossible to predict what will happen in the next few years.

We are moving from one era to another, a decade ago, it was about oil. Yet now, it is computing. A field like AI is believed to be the new…


The 5 reasons behind why I hate how Google Ads work

I love coding, blogging, and YouTube videos. Yet, whenever I try to get any revenue from any of the three, I face Google Ads as the first option, and every single time, I decide not to use Google Ads. I sacrificed the potential profit from mobile applications, webpages, blogging platforms, and my youtube videos. I also didn’t go into many of my thoughts of new projects as they weren’t profitable without Google Ads. In this article, I will explain why.

Google Ads Bussiness Model

First, let me explain how I understand the Google Ads Bussiness Model. Google Ads is simply the Ads iframes added…

Nuha Khaled

Software Engineer Freelancer | Mother of Two | Muslim. I am here as a reader first. Interested in software, parenting, and homeschooling.

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