The plan was simple enough: spend the day on the visitor center project. I had both .NET and SQL code to write on this project and I looked forward to using today to push things forward substantially.

I didn’t even get the project open before things were derailed.

I got sidetracked providing detailed (and rather obscure) metrics on conference room utilization. At first the problem seemed intriguing and rather simple. By 2:00 PM, when I still hadn’t eating my lunch, I realized it was somewhat more complex. I finished up the problem and provided the requested numbers as I walked out the door.

The one advantage to this detail-oriented, heads-down work was the the day simply flew by.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.