Two days ago, I spent a complete* day building and integrating a feature on one of our websites only to find out at a quarter to five that I was building something LESS good than a built in feature of WordPress (love it!) already offered 🙂
A complete waste of time you say? NEVER.
Basically, I spent only a few hours to improve the site with a feature that I should have built in from the start, so they were hours well spent. It’s how I look at anything that goes ‘wrong’, and that state of mind often helps a lot
We all love lists
Still, when I concluded that all the work I did was not really worth anything (and threw it away), I tweeted a little back and forth about it with Jos van Liempd (in Dutch) and from that, here’s a few of those situations most of you will probably recognize:
- The one I started with: finding out all the work you did for something was completely useless
- Not being able to find a solution for something, only to find out (after 2-3 days) that there’s a real ‘kindergarten-solution’ for it that you just overlooked all of the time
- Setting up something simple incredibly complicated so ‘it’ll be a lot less work next time‘, but there is no next time ever.
- Setting up something simple incredibly complicated so ‘it’ll be a lot less work next time‘, and not being able to remember how you did it the last time when that next time comes
If you have others, put them in the comments below so I can add them to the list 🙂
* except for a few meetings and some other stuff I did