My goal was never to work overtime, for 3 reasons:

  • If I had to, somebody screwed up.
  • Errors increased as I got tired. It usually took twice as long to find and fix them than it would have to do it right the next morning.
  • My brain solves problems while I am reading sci-fi or sleeping. One manager took advantage of that trait.

I told my programmer trainees that I did not want them to work overtime, either. One said she learned more from me in 2 months than in the prior year and a half which included a 6-week programmer boot camp.

One time I was reprimanded in my annual review for “not spending enough time at my desk.” I pointed out that my productivity was double anybody else. That didn’t matter. Maybe the boss was looking for something to fill in the blank.

The article’s points are absolutely correct.

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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