Defining Awesome — 80-20
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    Written by . Posted at 12:57 pm on August 13th, 2009

    Yet another productivity improvement. The Warrior’s Diet seems to be doing its job for me. I have energy and my concentration seems very good, although I think it still needs a couple weeks of testing. Nevertheless I want to go one step further with productivity again – I put a constraint on my daily work time. I’m working now only 4 hours a day max.

    Seems like too little? Well as I posted here once – less is more.

    This is the Pareto Principle (80-20) I want to use. Which means, 80% of your work is done in 20% of your time.

    To accomplish this I need to change my programming habits. I am used to sitting in front of the code not really thinking just doing stuff randomly until it works. But since I think 2 months ago something really clicked inside my head and I have a brand new compiler in my head. I can actually hold now vast amounts of code, as Michael Abrash (Quake 1) would put it: “between my ears”. So actual coding will take place in a 4-hour time frame, not more. But there will be also thinking, coding and compiling inside the head. This is how I want to accomplish this.

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    1. Something else that seems to work is:

      Take a walk of 30 minutes while thinking of what you want to code and the algorithms that could be used. While you walk plan everything from 0x0000 to 0xFFFF. Then you go back to the computer and code for 2hours for 5min break ratio (without compiling). After your finish coding this particular part of the project youv been thinking of you compile, take an hour to make it work and voilà!

      It seems to work better then a, compile two times a minute for every minute until you finish, routine.

    2. Yes exactly. I’ve discovered the power of this kind of programming just recently.

    3. Alt enter
      Shit I forgot a colon
      Alt enter
      There goes the intro, there goes the loading.. wait for it
      Shit, an error
      Debug AppMain.. *click*
      Hm the URL is null, how the fuck?
      browser close here it is *click*
      Hm I’ll put a breakpoint here
      Alt enter
      Shit I meant Debug, abort abort..
      Come on abort already
      Debug AppMain.. ok
      Well there we are. Let’s see, step into.. F5
      F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5
      F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5
      Oh here it is. Why the hell am I popping this item off the array before I read it’s URL?
      Hurrrr fixed
      Alt enter
      Shit still doesn’t work
      Debug AppMain
      What the hell was I thinking when I wrote this.. like 15 minutes ago?
      Screw this shit, I’m gonna get a coffee and continue then
      *one and a half hour later, no coffe*
      Hey I got mail!
      “Użytkownik pigbenis69 odpowiedział na Twój komentarz do filmu Practical Aspects of Human-Goat Zoophilia”
      Ooh he called me an idiot, I need to answer his comment with one TEN TIMES more spiteful

      Hey shit it’s dinner time, brb
      Hour later
      Shit I’m tired, need to play some supcom and then I’ll go to work
      you get the idea.

    4. “I can actually hold now vast amounts of code,”

      When I read this I immediately thought, kinda like a memory upgrade! right?

    5. kristhefer

      i might have to try that for my animating

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