An Active Working folder to minimize tasks switching overhead

Makzan’s Dispatch 2020 week 20

In this multi-tasks world, our time is split into fragments. Yet our highest productivity time happens when we single task and focus on the deliverables. So I work on single tasks in serial. But there are overheads between tasks.

Overhead happens when we try to resume a task. We ask:

  • Where are my files?

  • Where are the reference emails, chat logs?

  • What decisions we have already made?

  • What’s next decision needed in order to deliver?

To flight the overhead and minimize the switching time, I use an Active Working folder strategy. I pin this folder as the first item in my finder sidebar. It contains all the deliverables that I have to do recently. Each folder is named in the “YYYY-MM-DD Summary” convention.

The date is the deadline of the delivery date, in ISO 8601 date format for ascending sorting. Each delivery folder contains all the materials, references, emails that I need to finish and deliver the task. They are accessible and collected together so that I have the context whenever I resume the task. This highly reduces the overhead time wasted.

Whenever I have done and delivered the task, I move it into archives. So when I'm visiting this archives folder occasionally, I have a done list that I can celebrate what I have finished and delivered.

Links worth sharing

What a single div can do?
https://a.singlediv.com/

This is a gallery full of creative illustrations drawn by using one single DIV element.

What is a resilient website? (with Jeremy Keith)
https://aquestionofcode.com/60-what-is-a-resilient-website-jeremy-keith/

Jeremy Keith explains why rebranding the term progressive enhancement into a “resilient website”. The idea is to provide core features and essential content to everyone.

Pose Animator
https://pose-animator-demo.firebaseapp.com/camera.html

Allow camera access and have fun with it.

Pose Animator runs TF.js FaceMesh and PoseNet models to animate SVG illustrations with camera feed / static images.

Flexbox will have gap
https://web.dev/flexbox-gap/

We have `grip-gap` for CSS grid. We will have `gap` for Flexbox too.

New aspect-ratio CSS property

We may have aspect-ratio CSS property in the future.

What's one idea that changed the way you live?

This is a twitter thread that contains life wisdom and gems.

Here are my selections:

What is your favorite life wisdom and lesson learned? Would you mind sharing with me as well?

Until next week,
Thomas Mak