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JFS for humans

Mimic a hard drive in the way you work
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I'm responsible for long-term IT projects that require a good bit of critical and creative thought. I'm also responsible for maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair, often at a moment's notice. To keep things from slipping through the cracks, I just realized I can learn from the way hard drives recovery from power failures and the like. A journaling file system writes down what it's about to do, does it, and then clears it off its list. If something breaks, it only has to look at its log and the area where it was working.

I think I need to get a marker board for my desk.

kevinthenerd, Sep 13 2012

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       Congratulations, you've discovered the to-do list.   

       [Marked-For-Deletion] WKTE
MechE, Sep 13 2012
  

       It's different than a to-do list, though. This opens up all sorts of tricks that computer use that humans don't. Humans don't record EVERYTHING, for example, and we don't because it would slow us down. Journaling on a drive has a performance penalty, too. Constantly switching our attention from one thing to another is akin to the armature seeking back and forth as it works its way between the data and journal zones. How these problems are resolved in ZFS, JFS, ext4, etc. can be applicable to how humans get work done.
kevinthenerd, Sep 13 2012
  

       Unless you have a more detailed idea here that you are leaving out, I second the MFD. Comparing some WKTE productivity techniques to a computer isn't exactly an idea.
DIYMatt, Sep 13 2012
  

       So, you're saying, do one thing at a time when you can.
RayfordSteele, Sep 14 2012
  

       That disk drive are able to keep track most of the time speaks well of their design. To keep myself on track I find I need two sets of lists, For work as example I keep a really long to do list. Including tasks suggested, things awaiting approval or research or opportunity. and a shopping list. I also keep a scrawled note in my hip pocket of the 4 5 things I might do today.   

       To days note reads: cover 19 cover 2-6 wash cart po run   

       Just reminders, not plans or task descriptions   

       Too many and I spin wheels deciding what to do next .Too few and I waste time doing nothing much and feeling rebelious about having to do just this one thing. 4 to six items seems just about right for me. They may not all get done , but I satay motivated and have a direction even when the boss yells or when he ignores me.   

       Do any disk drives run a two level scheme like that?
popbottle, Dec 12 2013
  
      
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