The Chronicle

of a ColdFusion Expatriate

Escaping the Tar Pit

April 07, 2016

If you don’t know by now, I’m sort of a personal efficiency maven. I don’t like to waste keystrokes, I’m always experimenting with different key bindings and shortcuts, and I feel almost personally offended when I see someone reach for their mouse to click a button that I know has a keyboard equivalent.

But this isn’t about my pet peeves; this is about tuning yourself in to the improvements you can make on a daily basis that will increase your lifetime efficiency dramatically.

I had the opportunity to give a “lightning talk” at the Boston PHP meetup, so I spoke on this topic. It went OK, so I gave it again at Wayfair and I let them record it. The recording quality is not the best, but I think the point comes across just fine.

The talk is called “Escaping the Tar Pit: Principles of Continuous Improvement.” Video and full slides after the break.

You can view the whole slide deck here, and as always, please share any of your thoughts in the comments below.