Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Stop.  What are you doing right now?  You're reading a blog.  (mine!)

Forget that.  My blog isn't even that good.

A better question would be "What should you be working on right now?"  Think about that for a moment.  Better yet, eliminate all the "should do" things.  These are things like mowing the lawn and doing laundry.  Sure, they need to be done but they won't have a lasting impact.

Find something major to do.  Think big.  What's a giant problem facing your field?  How could you make a measurable impact on that*?

Plan out your first few steps.  Don't be afraid to let your imagination run free.  Create a trickle list of activities that'll let you move closer to that goal.

Do the laundry but work on the big stuff now.  If you don't, when will you?

*Yes, the average CS guy probably won't make headway on P=NP.  There are plenty of problems.  Be creative.

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