Friday, May 05, 2006

The King of Graceful Degredation

The King of Graceful Degradation
Back when I was just a wee recent grad, I learned the term "graceful degradation" from my first software development team.

Basically, it means that when you load up a system, it should slowly degrade, giving plenty of warning, rather than suddenly snapping and crashing.

That's a good metaphor for my life right now. Between all the various drains on my time, I feel like I'm experiencing a graceful degradation (as you can see from the frequency of posts in the past two weeks!).

What do you think is the proper response? To improve my time management? Or to cut back?

4 comments:

Zoli Erdos said...

4 days on the beach in Mexico :-)

Adrian said...

Sometimes you have to sit down, take a good hard look at your life, and decide what's really important to you, and what's really not.

K said...

Take a day or two off.

I took today off.
Sure I have a lot of work but I needed to recharge.

You can't run and run without taking a breath.
You'll pass out.
Just basic biology,
ask your little trooper!

Ben Casnocha said...

Figure out whether this is temporary or long-term. Did many things blow up at once? Why did these past two weeks feel busier than others? Once you know the answer to this question, you can act.