To boost productivity, work analog

Cal Newport recently wrote a blog article about the benefits of working away from the computer. Well, I’m a coder – would that work at all?

Turns out, it does. I finally understand why the exams I took in my only CS class (CPSC111, UBC Vancouver, now CPSC110) were in pen and paper. Writing down code on a piece of paper in ink forces me to commit to a train of thought. I cannot easily erase my code without visibly crossing out my mistakes and re-writing below it. There is something to be said about actually being able to see the mistakes I made – it increases my ability to commit those mistakes to memory. If I were typing this stuff on a computer, I would likely visibly erase those “mistakes” made earlier, and in turn commit those mistakes repeatedly.

Thanks, Cal, for writing good advice :).

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