17 Apr 2013
Of late, Sensei needs to keep a clear head. That has meant learning to segment ideas and really, really, really focus on streamlined features. This is hard. Not because Sensei has a plethora of great ideas. That would be a nice problem to have. Many times in software development you end up this guy:
This is the state where you have things you want to accomplish, yet even when you pair things down to the “essential”, other essential, critical factors must be taken into consideration before you create a mess. This is life calling, and that string which suspends that giant sword that you noticed hovering over your head is about to snap. There is a good chance that you need more discipline, better execution tactics, far better honed chops, you name the metaphor. Sensei has been at this game for over 22 years, and still the speed that thought takes to become reality is way too slow.
With great sarcasm you can remind your self that some of the best work lays ahead, but the reality is that you still need to fight to be fluent, you have to claw your way to a Zen state of mind / no-mind. So chose, the art of bushido or the art of BS. Or maybe work smarter and enjoy life.
Before Sensei leaves you, ponder this: does “being done” mean that you’ve dropped off a product but have to get on the phone in order to make changes, and maybe now that you are struggling why couldn’t you figure out to take time when it was more critical to be fluent with your productivity?