I recently stopped by the Elliot Bay Book Store in Seattle and was impressed with the amount of personal reviews their team had hand-written for book titles. I ended up picking up a lot more books than I would have at a regular book store where I would browse covers or spines of books. In this era of fake internet product reviews, it was refreshing to see a handwritten review from someone who read the text… additionally some of the reviews got a good chuckle out of me (see below). Could this well executed strategy of telling stories about products be applied to more than just a bookstore?
Human beings are creatures of habit. There is no denying that we developers fall victim to those habits. It wouldn’t be so bad if the majority of developers had good or healthy habits, however, this is generally not the case. There is the compulsion to grab that can of soda, a handful of M&M’s, or light up that cigarette outside. For the most part, these habits are committed to muscle memory, which is why most of us don’t notice the act itself. To become a healthier individual you have to understand how habits work and in doing so, you will see how to change them.