I read a lot of blogs (or at least i used to). After neglecting my enthusiastic collection of blog links (157) of THE top most readable material on the web for over an year, i decided it was time to change.

I made 3 folders

  • Check daily – contains max 10 blogs i will check and read new articles from
  • Tech Stuff – Has blogs, tech news and lots of similar stuff
  • Photography stuff

The point is, the only way i could catch up on my reading was if i was not trying to catch up with a lot of things. In short, i was coping with information overload by just ignoring all that information.

So my solution was to arrange stuff so that i could catch up with the ones that mattered. The rest, well i might flip through them on evenings or weekends IF i get around doing that and i would still be better than before, and not ignore it totally.

Where else do we face overload and how do you cope ?

  • email accounts
  • Electronic stuff that you work with/want to buy
  • Health notes from forwards and emails
  • List of things to do / read etc
  • Things to keep track off, and manage at work
  • Education (exams skipped during school coz you would not score anyway?)
  • Weight loss – (So much to do, might as well not try)
  • Social Networking updates ?
  • Cooking ?
  • Stocks and Financial info ?

I wonder if there is any other way to cope with overload, other than just filtering  … outsourcing  ??

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I was reading the VC++ team blog ten minutes back and took their poll, inputs from which would go to improve the next Visual Studio release.

The interesting question (one of many) from the survey, which prompted me into writing this post is as follows –

How much of your time do you spend on each of the following?

  • Defining the problem
  • Requirements gathering
  • Designing solution
  • Writing code
  • Building code
  • Refactoring code
  • Debugging code
  • Writing tests
  • Testing
  • Deployment Support

The options against each are, (Not at all, some, About 50% and A lot). There can be overlaps. So what would be your answer?

Here is mine –

  1. About 50% time designing the solution
  2. About 50% time writing code (Base code writing time)
  3. About 50% time refactoring it  (I always keep improving the structure)
  4. some time testing it    (I write a lot of functional tests to test my code)
  5. some time debugging (I pride myself in lowest bug counts ever in most teams i ever worked)

What does your distribution look like?

ps : If you are in big corporation, your time spend overall for coding related activities above might be only 30-40% of the overall time you have.  This poll is meant to measure the activity spread within that little amount of time you really get to work with the code.