Where does the time go?
It's hard to believe that over two months have passed since I last posted here. I certainly haven't run out of things to write about, and while it's true that I have been busy, I haven't been that busy. Actually I was probably busier back when I was posting regularly. Somewhere along the line I let go of my rhythm.
Rhythm can play an important and often undervalued part in our lives. It sustains our ability to do more in less time and with less effort, and allows us to do what we do more efficiently. It's one of the reasons why teams working iteratively can work harder than teams that don't. (Incidentally, rhythm is not the same as routine though the two are obviously related: a sluggish but regular routine lacks rhythm, for example).
So, the lesson I take away from this is that when you find a good rhythm then it pays to maintain it. In my experience it takes longer to get back into the swing of things than it does to fall out of step.
Postscript: I think that Esther Derby has a good explanation for why I lost my rhythm. I certainly went through a "whining about my problems to other people" phase when I could have been more productively "writing down what I was seeing and interpreting it the next morning in the light of day"...