I coined a term for myself as I was looking for a clamp today:
productivity degrees of separation.
You see, I needed the clamp to hold a piece I was jigsawing. This
piece was a component for a new jig, an adjustable circle cutter for
my router. I need it to cut a circular template, itself a template to
hold some sheet metal in a perfect cylinder.
The metal is part of a project I've been working towards for many
months, it will be a mini version of a Bill Pentz dust collector. The
materials have all finally been procured and I started cutting it out
a week ago. But here I am, looking for a tool, to help me build a jig,
which I need to fabricate a template, for a dust collector SO THAT I
CAN BUILD SOME SIDE TABLES!
That's a productivity separation of 5 degrees:
1. clamp looking
2. circle-cutting jig
3. circular template/form
4. dust collector cyclone
5. end tables
Which means that at this point I may have a better chance of Kevin
Bacon showing up in my garage than me finishing the tables.
Obviously we all know about the need to order one's work method and
shop so as to improve productivity. But I'm curious--with this new
terminology to quantify my productivity (or lack thereof), could it
actually help me to spot the rabbit trails so as to avoid them? Or
will it have the opposite effect, giving me greater comfort to pursue
side projects since making the connection to the initial goal is,
well, more explainable?
Anybody else relate?
PS -- Does this documentation qualify as a sixth degree?
Steve Hall [ digitect dancingpaper com ]