Watts (chipotle) wrote,
Watts
chipotle

LIFO

It suddenly occurred to me that I don't actually prioritize work, I just have a LIFO (last-in, first-out) stack of very modest depth. When I have one, maybe two, longer-scale projects going, I can handle serial ad hoc requests. When you throw in a few extra short-term projects and parallel ad hoc requests, I start dropping things into the bit bucket.

I'm not sure what this insight actually gives me. At the moment it only seems to be giving me a headache, but I think that's more a byproduct of the series of "how's that [arbitrary name for report] coming along?" queries, all using names for reports I fail to correlate with things I was actually working for several tries--after which I discover, on too-frequent occasion, it's a report that was 75% completed and then fell off the stack.
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