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The Tools of Productivity

It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure this out, but I think I’m finally getting there. When I buy a cheap tool, I’m happy to not have spent much money, but the happiness ends there. I end up with an ill-performing tool that doesn’t meet my expectations and it takes me longer to produce poor results, and inevitably, a terrible case of buyer’s remorse envelopes me.

A Developer’s Vacation: What Didn’t Go Wrong

A few weeks ago I was able to do something that I hadn’t done since graduating college. I went on a vacation without my laptop and without my phone. I had my boss’s blessing and the support of my team. For an entire eight days, I was able to unplug. When I got back, things were just as I had left them. I didn’t have any fires to put out and no urgent business. Everything just worked the way it was supposed to. It wasn’t luck. It was designed that way.