Code sober, get things done drunk
I've tried coding drunk. Â It was a disaster - even a couple of beers had me really struggling to produce anything worthwhile. Â I decided coding was like driving - you need all your faculties to work. Â You might get by on a straight road, at 5mph in a car you don't care about. Â But we can't all work at RIM - and startups just don't suit that driving style.
Business operations on the other hand, don't require accuracy or precision. Â It's something that takes momentum, decisiveness and, often, balls. Â I'm at the airport in a lounge with unlimited drinks - I HATE flying so this is my new way of coping. Â I'm four gins to the wind and flying along with my emails. Â I'm Getting Things Done that I've put off for weeks - awkward emails to be written, decisions to be made.
Where normally I'd be umm-ing and argh-ing over the slightest detail, I'm just whacking things out. Â I've got to tell someone their writing isn't good enough for me to print in a magazine I edit. Â I've put it off for a couple of weeks and that's cost me money. Â But Gin Number Three me sends this:
I'm afraid your writing style doesn't fit with what I'm looking to publish. Â That's not a criticism of your style, it's just a reality. Â I'm sorry not to be able to go any further. Â I wish you all the best and will, of course, pay you for the the work you've done so far. Â If you'd like to have a chat with me that's fine, you've got my number.Job done. Â And that's just one of about ten awkward things I've done. Â And this blog post.
I've read things where people brag about coding drunk, and frankly I've been jealous that I couldn't do it. Â Or code tired, fuelled by nothing but pizza and coffee. Â But I think that doing some of the shittier tasks around a startup is easier after a few drinks. Â I've watched a fair few drunks in my time, and they have a single-mindedness that offsets their poor balance and lack of co-ordination. Â That can't hurt when it comes to churning through some monotony and getting back to a zero inbox.
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