📚Technical debt

Title: How to stop 'flipping' (and write a good to-do list)
Author: Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer)

Switching from task to task without completing creates a “technical debt”.  In other words, you will have to spend more time later because you didn’t do the job properly in the first place.

If you only half read a bunch of papers, ideas start buzzing around in no particular order.  It’s horribly easy for those unprocessed ideas to turn into an angry swarm, creating confusion, even panic.(Mewburn, 2017)

My notes

This describes what’s been happening to me perfectly. I read around a subject until I feel I have a grasp of it, following links and other readings. By the time I have this mental overview, I’ve got lots of ideas in mind. I can’t necessarily remember where they came from and I have loads of starting points for writing. I’m overwhelmed.


Mewburn, Inger. ‘How to Stop “Flipping” (and Write a Good to-Do List)’. The Thesis Whisperer (blog), 7 March 2017. https://thesiswhisperer.com/2017/03/08/how-to-stop-flipping/.