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Always do Extra

A simple rule that every good, veteran programmer seems to follow with respect to managing their time.

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Oct 13, 2021 • 4 min read
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Skills Development
Personal Productivity
Human Capital
Technical Debt


  • Ben Northrop believes that for every little time left over after the normal work, any reasonably happy, veteran developer accounts it with extra work.
  • Extra is what helps us broaden ourselves beyond just what's useful on our narrow project.
  • Extra means not just being a drone who monotonously does exactly what they're told, but someone who asserts a little control and shapes their own contributions and experiences in a way that's interesting or meaningful.
  • Extra must be balanced against Normal Work and it must also be aligned with your Normal Work.

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