Take a pause and think: Can I get things done faster if I used better tools or if I could gather a little more information?
A lot of people slave over projects for months, only to discover that using another method would have gotten it done in 3 weeks. I’m serious about this really happening, especially in software development. A Master Builder can do more work in 72 hours than a team of 5 average developers would do in 3 months.
You have probably heard this quote before: “If I had 6 hours to cut a tree, I would use the first 5 hours to sharpen my axe”. If you are very efficient, you might not appear as busy as people imagine you are.
Before you sink into a busy routine, consider asking yourself: “How efficient am I in my field? What new tricks do I need to learn?”