Sunday, January 02, 2005

Productivity

I think my fascination in the past few years has been in productivity and how (sometimes very subtle) things can increase and decrease productivity. Also the psychology behind this -- how we can often cling to things we are convinced are productivity enhancers which are actually reducing productivity.

And is there any way to awaken ourselves when we get stuck? Or is it like premature optimization -- regardless of how often we say "first make it work, then make it fast" to ourselves, we will always be inexorably drawn into the trap of thinking "well, I could do it that way but I know it would be slower."