This is an easy post to make, maybe even too much conventional.
I’ve been always a fan of focusing, of having some dedicate time. As a developer first and foremost, this was something I craved.
Uninterrupted time can do wonders in letting you dive into a direction or topic.
So why even bother writing for something that’s already well known?
Well, for one I lost focus in the last year.
Not because of me, but because of the staggering amount of meetings I had each day. Hours of meetings with no space in between and no way to dedicate more than half an hour to a more complex thought.
To be honest, I started thinking it was my problem.
Until yesterday. An entire day of uninterrupted time.
I had to get used to it again, diving deeper into a topic, digging all the options, lying out a complex plan.
It was amazing.
Which reminded again the value of focusing and uninterrupted time.
The more we have of it, the more we’ll create out of it.
One thing though that didn’t work for mewas blocking half a day for working.
It’s probably because of mental space. I still read emails, I still think about what I’ll need to do or prepare for the next day and so on.
Instead of focusing on important task, I faced (because obviously I wanted to be ready for each call) on the ones I’d need first.
But that robbed me of mental space. Which is why focusing was hard.
Many people will tell you “block some hours a day” and my response now is: “It -might- work”.
It might work because it depends on the job. If I was more a dev and less of a manager, yeah. A laid out list of task is enough to keep you busy and relax you in that timeframe.
But if you need to enrich the vision, create a plan, document complex topics and prepare things for the rest of the day, it might not work as planned.
It’s the “uninterrupted” (internally and externally) time that truly works.
That is what we need to achieve.