Log jam - When you finish a project and there are a few bits left (spare bolts, circuit boards, etc…) that need to be put back in their rightful place. They’re not rubbish, but you haven’t got time to sort them. So, you put them in a pile for later. Then another project happens, more bits on the sort pile, and before you know it, you’ve got a “log jam” of (typically fiddly) things that need to flow downstream to their destinations but they’re all snagged together in an ever-growing pile. Eventually, you either need to sit down and spend the day sorting, or admit defeat and just throw everything away. [H/t Andrew Lewis]
Eat the frog
- As the saying goes: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” The idea being to get the most unpleasant/daunting tasks out of the way first thing. This quote is often attributed to Mark Twain
, but it predates him.
Tinkeritis - When you overwork, futz with, and try and improve something that still works poorly because you really don’t know what you’re doing. Reader txinkman submitted this one and says he knows it in reference to motorcycles. The guy who originally owned the house I just sold had a classic case of tinkeritis. He thought he was a well-rounded handyman. He wasn’t.
Knitting - Coined by my old programming/hypermedia partner, Peter Sugarman, knitting is any repetitive, low-mental task that you can easily background or perform when you need a break from more taxing work. “I’ll do some knitting and fold these brochures while we talk on the phone.”