Papercuts

Some tasks are small and hard to justify as worth doing.

They get pushed to the back as chunkier and more valuable tasks get priority. Soon there are a thousand tasks left undone, compounding into a mess that out-chunks anything else.

With a thousand papercuts, the environment in which to get work done becomes sharper and work slows down.

I keep a list of these papercuts and fit them in: Before lunch, Friday late afternoons, and before a next chunk gets momentum.

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