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April 28, 2020

Quarantine — Day 40

Beating paralysis

This post is part of an ongoing series in which I document my journey through the COVID-19 quarantine. See Day 1 for full context.

Quick update

Phew, rough day. I’m preparing my first tech talk ever and, even being a topic I’m pretty fluent in, it feels pretty intimidating. Staring at a blank piece of paper trying to lay out a good piece of content is, no joke, the most difficult creative task I’ve tackled. I felt overwhelmed at some point and just got paralized. Took a nap intentionally, seeked distraction, and engaged in non-important conversations. It was my brain avoiding the awkward moment of simply “thinking” or “failing”. It’s that stupid will to get everything quickly and perfect what triggers the boredom of not spending hours with myself thinking about a problem. I’ll go back to my deep-work times.

I ended up gaining control just when I was about to give up, and I’m proud. It costed me hours, but I won.

Data Report


  • Avoid news: Yes
  • Write blog: Yes
  • Personal growth: Yes
  • Wake up 5:00 am: No
  • Workout: No
  • Help someone: Yes
  • Time wasted < 90 mins: Yes


  • Spent: 17 USD
  • Stocks Portfolio (24h): +0.72%
  • Stocks Portfolio (All time): +12.63%
  • Cryptofolio (24h): +6.74%
  • Cryptofolio (All time): +81.47%

Stay tuned.


I'm Carlos Roso. I'm a Software Engineer and digital nomad at Toptal. Previously Software Architect at Crossover. In love with open source and design.

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