Cutting down on distractions, and the cliche of the day

I was just reading this article from Andy’s blog.  I just added his blog recently, and I enjoy it.  I also enjoyed the article I reference here. 

I felt though that I needed to comment – since I personally find myself most effective when I am working on many things at once – preferably “forest fires”.  I love getting in there and trying to quickly solve urgent problems.  I know, some think of this as the “superhero syndrome” or some such drivel.  But that’s just drivel. 

I know, because I was quite effective at solving problems.  Big problems.  Problems with customers like Dell, and IBM, Compaq and Cisco.  HP and Sony.  And a lot of companies in Taiwan you probably never heard of. When I was dealing with bug customer problems I could put in a 100 hour work week (really).  But when things were slow I slowed.  Call it recharging the batteries, or call it being lazy unless I was working on a “crisis” (I’ve heard the arguments, even when I was doing it.  Manager’s are not deaf).

Don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t sleeping on days I wasn’t “draining the swamp” – I still managed to get a couple of patents applied for.  And manage 40+ people, do interviews, chair a couple other internal groups, etc. 

It’s more like I have two gears that are both built for specialized purposes – one to go at low RPM and conserve fuel and the other that ignores the brakes and goes balls to the wall around the track until the gear fails, the car runs out of gas, or the Finish Line is met.

So I wanted to leave a comment about this on Andy’s blog.  I thought it might add something to the conversation. 

But comments are disabled on Andy’s blog.  I can choose from millions of blogs.  I can’t comment on Andy’s.

Unsubscribed.  If you don’t want to hear me, don’t expect me to read you. 


Andy Hunt is co-founder of The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, and is well known as a programmer, author, and publisher. His email signature, “/\ndy”, dates back to the paleolithic days of uucp and ihnp4.

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