Context Switching

Just a few days shy of the five-year anniversary of this absolutely golden blog post.

Having a lot of work on my plate is fine. Meeting deadlines is fine. Planning long term projects is fine. Debugging code is fine. Writing detailed feedback is fine. Pairing with someone to teach them something is fine (fun even!). Interpersonal conflict is (unexpectedly) mostly fine. It’s when all of these things happen within an afternoon that I find myself reminiscing for the days of silently, calmly designing or coding for 6 hours at a time.

Sophie Shepherd β€” The Road to Burnout is Paved With Context Switching

Context switching is not that big of a problem for me. I kinda like bopping around between things and generally feel productive doing that.

But I see context switching eating some people alive. It’s the curse of being really great at your job. The better you are, the more people pull at you to help them, the more responsibility you tend to have, and the more vital you are to what you are doing. Plus you likely have a full plate of “actual work” of your own. I quote that because it isn’t fair. All of that other stuff is actual work too, it’s just easy to trick yourself into thinking it isn’t.

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