What a rush, the week before a deadline. I enjoy being on a mission, racing against the clock, battling out the hours. There’s adrenaline; there’s the thrill of seeing my project now five, now four steps away from finished.
And then there are the lulls.
These are harder to deal with than the deadlines. I constantly suspect that everything is about to implode. Things are going alright; better wait for the other shoe to drop. I’ve been, bit by bit, getting comfortable with the calm times, and learning how to make the most of them.
The low-pressure times are when I tighten up my code and make sure all my packages are up-to-date. I check that my VMs are exactly how I need them, and that all of the devices and profiles in my Apple Developer account are clearly named and organized. I knock low-priority items off of my to-do list. I draft and revise timelines, guidelines, pipe dreams.
I’m making hay while the sun shines, because I don’t know when the next storm is going to hit. But now, when it does hit, I’ll be able to focus on what matters—writing great code. Though unremarkable by themselves, it’s the lulls that make the mad rushes possible.
Here’s to the calm times.