Focus is incredibly important. In the last several months I found myself distracted with switching back and forth between so many projects that I wasn’t effectively getting anything done which resulted in even more open or pending projects. It also made me feel like I was a ball in the pinball machine, never knowing which way I was going to be thrust.
I’ve redesigned my week so that I have periods of dedicated programming time that cannot be interrupted by anything short of an emergency. Technically, this is only about 2 hours per day but it’s resulted in a whole ton of stuff actually getting done, and that’s fantastic. Accomplishing projects that were somewhere in the medium-difficulty range that simply weren’t being done before is fantastic to have that sense of accomplishment again.
If you’re finding yourself so busy you can’t seem to get anything done, then block off some time and do only one thing. Everything else can wait, because it would be waiting anyways.
Michael Berding July 19th, 2013
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