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Coding to a deadline - why it is just like hunting bears.
Make a list of small jobs.
I use this too. The biggest thing I think it helps with is it allows you to delegate projects to others (I've never seen a team with a balanced workload) or helps you switch to a parallel task when you're stuck on another one.
I don't really understand the psychology of it, but sometimes working on something else helps me figure out the solution to the original problem.
Great analogy. Thanks for sharing it.