Daily routines in programming

Today I came across Daily Routines, a list of the habits and discipline of notable figures. The post about Ernest Hemingway caught my eye because it reminded me of part of my old chum Simon‘s routine.

Hemingway used to stop writing at points where he knew what was going to happen next. The logic being that he’d then never face blank page syndrome. By the time he came to a difficult problem he’d already coasted into the zone with an easy stretch of work.

Simon’s logic is an exact translation of Hemingway’s. He makes sure he leaves himself half way through an easy stretch of programming, the major problems of which have already been solved. That way he’s left with a smooth ramp into the zone.


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