How 8 technologists think after a long day of construction


Whether it’s snuggling up with a good binge, taking a long bath, or getting a little exercise, we all have ways to unwind after the day is over. And technologists are no exception.

Where and how we think might seem a little different to everyone (and we’re probably not taking enough time to do it). Still, it’s an essential part of making a decision, thinking about your next move, or even just solving a thorny issue that eluded you.

Earlier this week, many of the technologists named on RealLIST 2021 engineers of’s five markets participated in a discussion in our Public Soft. The goal? Find out the ins and outs of the past (what they wish they had known), the present (how they work now) and the future (what is going to happen in the market) on all things engineering.

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This includes how they deal with the daily stress of work, knowing when it’s time to move on to something new, ask for more responsibility, or just take a moment to digest the day’s work.

Jean Lange, Senior Technical Program Manager at Pittsburgh Real Estate Technology Company Home loan, asked this question to the group in the chat:

How do you practice reflection in your work and in your life? What impact does this have on what you do / feel?

Here’s what the participants had to say:

Johnny Ray Austin, Technical Director, Up

Johnny Ray Austin. (Courtesy photo)

“A long, enjoyable walk does it for me,” Austin said, adding that a walk “gives me time for deep reflection. “

He added: “I tend to think about everything. It has a lot to do with all of my work happening at home (thanks, COVID). But the limits are important. I realize that looking back, my walks / workouts were personal and I was using my commute to work to think about work. But since I no longer have a home-work trip, everything goes together.

Brandon Coates. (photo via LinkedIn)

“I use the Free space app for doing guided meditations, ”Coates said. “I find it puts me in a good mental state to take stock of what’s going on in my work or my personal life. “

L. Dolio Durant, Senior Technical Instructor, Zip Code Wilmington

L. Dolio Durant. (Photo via LinkedIn)

“Write and talk about it. Take long walks and garden. Find a quiet space and time to process, ”Durant wrote.

Andrew Hian-Cheong, Senior AI and Machine Learning Architect, FiscalNote

Andrew Hian-Cheong. (photo via LinkedIn)

“I use a dog walk morning and night to help me think and use my pitbull as a rubber duck for my thoughts! Writes Hien-Cheong. “She likes it…. Maybe.”

Daniel Hunter, Senior Frontend Engineer, Crossbeam

Daniel Chasseur. (Photo via LinkedIn)

“Journaling, I believe writing is thinking,” Hunter said. “Help clear my thoughts. “

Jean Lange, senior technical manager of the program, Home loan

Jean Lange. (Photo via LinkedIn)

“I wrote (by hand) goals / thoughts at the start / end of each day,” said Lange, the initiator of the topic. “It helps me organize my thoughts and think about what to bring to others. “

Tajh Taylor, Vice President of Data Science and Engineering, Wikimedia Foundation

Tajh Taylor. (Photo via LinkedIn)

“Long walks have always helped me unwind and find some peace of mind,” Taylor wrote. “I just wish I had as much time for them as before.”

Nico Westerdale. (Courtesy photo)

“I started to use [the Woebot] mental health app a few weeks ago and I was very impressed with it. It’s a little weird talking to a robot about how you feel, but hey, it works.



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