Optimizing Happiness for People In Tech

Short Form


People in tech are prone to working too much and all the time, for their day jobs and volunteer projects. We work nights, weekends. We neglect family, friends and hobbies. If you want to learn about SELF care and how to practice it continuously, this talk is for you!


People in tech are prone to working too much and all the time. Most of us really love what we do. We want to do our best. We want to succeed. We want to change the world with the code we write. Besides our normal day jobs we are involved in a ton of open source and community related volunteer projects. We work long nights. We work weekends. We give all we have. And a lot of times we forget ourselves. We neglect family, friends, and hobbies. This work ethic may seem great at first glance but the consequences are drastic. In order to prevent those drastic consequences from happening we need to take a step back and evaluate. We all need to learn to take better care of ourselves! We all need to learn to practice SELF care more and more efficiently. Learning to take care of your SELF can be hard sometimes. It’s something you need to practice continuously. The goal of this talk is to

  • take a look at self-care: What is it? Why is it important? Why is it so hard? What can happen if we don’t take care of ourselves? and
  • teach you how to continuously practice self-care.

When you take care of your SELF you have so much more to give!


  • Introduction – Who am I? What is this talk about?
  • What is self-care?
  • Why self-care?
  • Why is self-care so hard?
  • What can happen if we don’t take care of ourselves
  • Learning to take care of yourself: Practicing self care – Tips and tricks
  • Assisting others with self care
  • Summary
  • Q&A

Speaking experience

I have spoken at many conferences, for a full list of talks, please see my LinkedIn profile Here is a playlist of some of my talks that have been recorded


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    Anna Ossowski

    Django REST Framework, PyLadies


    Anna loves working at the intersection of tech and people and is currently managing the community and operations of Django REST Framework. She is a former director of the Python Software Foundation, PyCon US Open Spaces-Chair, DjangoCon US Diversity Chair, and group leader of the PyLadies Remote group. In her free time she loves speaking at conferences and mentoring future speakers. Anna is very passionate about diversity and community outreach and wants to encourage more women to learn programming because it’s awesome!