Working with Lucas
Creation Date: June 2020
Status: in progress
A collection of stuff that might come in handy when working with me
My personal philosophy:
Everything can be solved in a good conversation
And my favorite book quote
Violence is the last resort of the incompetent
(Salvor Hardin, Foundation [Isaac Asimov])
Things to know about me
- My name is Lucas Santos. I do have other middle names, but just call me Lucas 🙂
- I'm a professional software developer since 2012
- You can find more about me on my website
- I like to write content on my Personal Blog, on Dev.to or Medium
- I speak Portuguese, English, learning Swedish, and a tiny bit of Spanish (however, for some reason I can perfectly understand it)
- I love cats, I'm the lucky caretaker of 3 amazing creatures: Gaia, Athena, and Lev
- I published a book and I'm very proud of it
- I have a TypeScript course called Formação TS which is my main focus since July 2023
- I'm a homebrewer and I love to try new beers
- I'm left-handed
- Photography is my favorite hobby and you can check my work at Unsplash
- I love to read books - Isaac Asimov is my favorite author and I love sci-fi
- I like Star Trek and Star Wars, but I prefer Star Trek
- No, I'm not so deeply in love with it to know everything about the movies
- I love memes and random stuff
- I'm terrible at remembering any kind of stuff, especially names (I may frequently ask your name... I hope you understand 😅), so I always ask people to send me formal invites via email, because if it isn't in my calendar, I'll forget... Sorry about that
- I note everything down and send invites even to the most silly stuff – Above you have the explanation 😅
- I'm very relaxed, I rarely get mad about anything or anyone, if I do, I often forget very fast
- This will seem like a rule list, but I'm very flexible and a very open person to talk about anything. I'm always open to feedbacks about good stuff I do or something I need to improve, just come and talk! I won't be mad at you, I promise :D.
- If you disliked one of my atitudes or words, please come talk to me, I want to be better!
Things to know about work
- I'm a remote worker. This doesn't mean that I don't like people, just the opposite. I love to be in touch with others. That's why I try to go to the office once a week or twice a month so I can catch up with friends and meet new people
- I have a noticeable ADHD disorder, it's not severe but:
- I'll probably lose focus very quickly
- I'm super curious about a lot of stuff, I mean it, from MRI machines to gardening and weird science, this contributes a lot to the focus thing
- I need a very quiet place to work, and I need to be completely cut off from society to be 100% focused
- If you talk to me during that time, all the work will most certainly be gone
- I usually get distracted by other things during conversations and don't look people in the eyes, if this happens to you, I'm sorry, I know it and I'm trying to work on it
- Please, make the important part of the message the first part, otherwise you'll most certainly lose me somewhere between 15 and 20 mins in the conversation, it doesn't matter the subject.
- I live in Sweden. In the GMT +1 time zone.
- I generally work from ~9:00am to 5pm CET, sometimes also in the evening hours if there are too many stuff to do.
- I really don't like meetings, so if you can message me (https://nohello.com, please) it'll always be better, however I'm not against meetings, I recognize their importance, I just don't think everything should be a meeting.
- Don't try to leave me a voice mail, I won't listen to it, my phone is a black hole
- I avoid taking meetings before noon because that's the time I take to get up to speed on what happened during the night (and also because I'm not a morning person... And I'm usually not portraying happiness before 9am 😂)
- I also try not to take meetings after 8pm because that's the time when I rest and recover my energies to the next days, but, if it's important, just ping me
- I value my time off with friends and family, so I avoid to take any work appointments in holidays or weekends, but if it's necessary I'm flexible to make things work.
- Don't feel obliged to give in to my schedule. Let's try asynchronous syncing, if we can't find face time.
- I'm completely fond of the idea of using IM to communicate asynchronously all the way
- I'll try my best to make meetings and other appointments work for both of us time-wise
- I don't expect you to answer any emails right away, if I sent you an email, that's because the matter it not that important to require immediate response. I'm working when it fits my schedule. Feel free to answer when it fits your schedule. I know that you also have your schedule and tasks, and when you have some time you'll answer me!
- If you receive an email or an IM from me at unusual times, then the right interpretation is "because Lucas is doing work on his schedule" rather than "Lucas wants an answer right now."
- I take my communications very seriously
- I'm usually online on Telegram, WhatsApp, Slack and Teams most of the time (sometimes not at the same time because my PC does not allow for that to happen)
- Sometimes, I'll turn off all communications because I really need to focus, refer to the next topics if you really need my attention
- I check my emails twice a day, so if it's important, message me
- My mobile is usually muted, i.e. fully silenced to not distract me from the thing I'm currently doing. Calling me without an appointed time usually doesn't work.
- If you REALLY need my undivided urgent attention on something hugely important, please try these methods, in this order:
- If you work with me, send me a message on whatever we use
- If not
- Please, don't start a conversation asking how I'm doing and wait for my response before asking the real question, I follow the no hello policy, so if you want to ask something, just go for it! I'll sure do the same thing to you.
- I'm very organized, and I take personal organization very seriously
- I rarely accept a meeting without an agenda unless it's a 1:1. I recommend always having an agenda for meetings and if possible, pre-reads. This helps not only with attendance, but also makes the meeting time more productive.
- I plan my week on Sundays, and I do it very carefully to not add too many tasks in one day because I don't want to have another burnout crisis.
- Because of the previous topic I generally avoid scheduling things on the same week they'll occur
- I don't answer work messages after my work hours and on weekends (unless they're super duper important), and I don't expect you to do so too.
- I set up meetings expecting to finish them in that estimated amount of time, so expect me to apologize and drop off the call if the meeting time is up
- Also, expect me to also drop out of calls earlier in respect of up-following meetings.
- I try very hard to be on time for all meetings, expect me to join 5 to 10 minutes earlier to prepare stuff, that's a personal choice, you don't need to show up earlier if you don't want to.
- If, for some reason, I'm not able to show up, I'll warn you at least 1 hour before the meeting – I expect you to do the same for me.
- In meetings, I'll wait for you up to 10 minutes after the scheduled time, if you don't show up and you didn't warn me that you were going to be late, I'll drop off the call and we'll have to reschedule to the next common time
- One of the things I value most is responsibility, so if you have set up a meeting with me and you don't show up, I'll reach out to you and ask what happened, I won't be mad if you have a good reason.
- good reason: Health issues for you or any other person you had to help
- good reason: Family or personal issues
- poor reason: Forgot about it
- poor reason: My computer wasn't working
- poor reason: Ran out of battery
- Things happen, I know, but warn me about them and I'll be fine
- I'm an advocate for inclusive behavior and Diversity & Inclusion in general. I might get back to you to talk with you on a behavior I saw that you showed or you were exposed to. Don't be afraid of talking about that, I'm striving to make things better, not embarrass anyone.
- Unless you aren't feeling well or are traveling I encourage you to use video chat often. There's so much body language involved in working together and this establishes a more "in person" connection with your vis-a-vis.
- Amongst other things I value honesty, kindness, straightforwardness, objectivity, openness and responsibility. Call me out if I miss the mark on these!
- If I said I'd do it, I'll do it, no need to message me about the topic every day
- I love to chat about random stuff, sometimes I'll take a good while (some days) to answer, if it's not very important, please try not to bump the conversation expecting me to answer faster... It won't work. I'll always answer you, no matter what, it can take an hour or two days, but I'll answer you.
- However, if you see that I took more than two days to answer, something has probably happened and you should ping me, please (I might have read your message and started another task and forgot to answer!)
- As I said, I value objectivity, so please don't ramble around to tell me something, just do it! No matter how bad it is.
This document was created based on the work of the amazing Jan Schenk from the document "Working with Jan". A lot of the information here was literally ripped off his document and minor-adjusted to my needs.