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Failing to Forget

http://heeris.id.au/2013/this-is-why-you-shouldnt-interrupt-a-programmer/

I’ve recently discovered a useful productivity hack. I found that when I sat down to code it would take me a while to get back into the swing of things. I would have to struggle to figure out where I should start and what to do.

I’ve started writing a failing test just before I leave my work for the day. When I get back to work the next day, I simply run my tests, fix the failure as usual and I’m back into my rhythm.

It only takes a minute or two to write a failing test but it saves me 10 to 15 minutes of trying to recover my mental state. Let me know if you find this useful, or if you have any useful hacks/tips of your own.

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