The Metagame

I’ve been bored at work for many reasons at many different times, but three things stand out as real killers:

1. working on the same project with the same people for years and years,

These are the symptoms of a problem, not the cause, and I think most jobs will have elements of them. But surprisingly it turns out that – for programmers at least – boredom is a choice. Recently, I chose not to be bored. I chose to think one abstraction level higher. I chose to play the metagame.

— Work Is Fascinating: The Metagame

— Mark O’Connor

2013.03.28 Thursday ACHK