January 7, 2001

Intersect Software cut one-sixth of its work force today, and I was among them. Yep, I got fired.

I grieved for the job, and I felt angry, and I joked about it. Right now, my mind is sort of unfocused. An important part of my life has just broken — I can’t get used to the idea that I won’t be going in to the office tomorrow morning — and my mind is now trying to make sense of the pieces. I don’t feel bad; just…drifting.

So. Now you know, and now I have to figure out what to do about it.

Joel Spolsky has written an insightful, introspective artcile on productivity. It wanders pleasantly around the Country of Personal Productivity, visiting the City of Corporate Productivity and the Marshes of Mood Swings. As with most of Joel’s articles, I don’t so much want to parrot his points as chew on his perspective. His views on software development have a unique edge, which sharpens my own opinions.

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