My name is Jose M. Gilgado. I'm based in Spain.

I love to make stuff and be useful to others. Mainly as a programmer and writer.

Feel free to explore my articles here.

Guiding like a lighthouse

I’ve always loved lighthouses. Apart from their astounding views and beautiful settings, they’re a great reminder of how we can have a deeper meaning in our lives.

September 10, 2023

You Are Already There

I’ve been fighting all my life. I always wanted to move forward, to get somewhere. Once I pass that exam, everything will be ok. Once I get my degree, I’ll be fulfilled and happy. Once I get enough money, my life will be great. I was always looking forward to the next stage, always wanting something more. Like if all my problems would fade away as soon as I achieved something....

May 27, 2023

My Biggest Mistake Working Remotely

I’ve been working fully remotely for more than ten years now. The last eight as a software engineer at Buffer, a fully remote company since its inception in 2010. From all these years, I’ve learned a lot: how to balance my work and my personal life, how to communicate better when I write, heck I’ve even learned how to use the right emoji at the right time; it’s more useful than you think if you’re on Slack each day....

May 24, 2023

How to Change the World

There are two fundamental components in the world: human beings and nature. By influencing either one of them, you can effectively create change in the world. It’s hard to have a significant impact on nature, though. Even if you use your bike more, recycle regularly, or vote for the right politicians to pass environmentally-friendly laws, your impact will be small. While we should all strive to make a difference, we won’t be able to witness much of that impact in our lifetimes....

April 28, 2023

Foundational Habits

If you’re like most people, you have some free time every day to choose what to do with daily outside obligations like work or taking care of your family. What you do with your free time has a direct and profound impact physically and mentally, and you probably repeat some activities each day. They’ve become your habits now. If we repeat certain behaviors daily, wouldn’t it be helpful to think deeply about what they bring to our life?...

April 21, 2023