Is it better to do the easy thing first to get momentum, or the hard thing first to get it out of the way?
Are you relaxing, or wasting time? It’s a fine line, and you have to keep a careful eye on it.
I had a great idea for a blog post earlier today. By the time I got to a keyboard I had totally forgotten what it was.
People want to make cool new things. So they do, and for a while it’s good.
One time I was listening sympathetically to a coworker who had a programming problem he couldn’t figure out. He’d tried everything and he was at the end of his rope. “The next thing I’m going to try is reading the source code of the compiler,” he told me.
I used to like buying lottery tickets. I knew the odds of winning were astronomical, but that was okay; I didn’t spend much on them, and it was fun to dream about what I’d do with the money.
Trust has to be earned. There’s no phrase more disingenuous than “You have to trust me.”
If you’ve ever worked in an office, at some point you’ve probably walked away from your computer without locking it and had someone send an embarrassing message to everyone. Supposedly people do this to encourage each other to remember to lock their computers when they stand up and walk away.
The painful, difficult-to-accept truth is that some days are harder than others. This will always be true.
You know that feeling where someone’s trying to communicate and doing a really terrible job at it?