Getting out of the productivity delusion is more powerful than any tool, methodology, rune or religion for getting more things done. It creates a pervasive approach of measurement and honesty. It yields more effective decision-making. It results in clearer priorities and aligns work and resources with those priorities. It can be a true force-multiplier on results as strategy, priorities and effort align with reality. My favorite effect is FOCUS. By cutting out the lies we tell ourselves about productivity, by prioritizing and planning and allocation better, we focus more on the things that actually matter.
Programming isn’t like digging trenches. The amount of work you get done is not directly proportional to the amount of time you work. Also believe it or not your mind is solving problems while you sleep. That’s why the answer is apparent first thing in the morning. Even after 30 years of programming, I’m still learning this lesson.
You can replace “programming” with “design,” and this quote remains true. Smarter, harder work, not more work, not brute force.