The other day I was listening to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts when the discussion turned to an in-depth and admittedly geeky assessment of keyboard “clickiness”. For many people, how “clicky” a keyboard feels is not something they regularly think about. If you’re a developer or writer, however, the feel of your keyboard is something you become acutely aware of. What type of keyboard is it? What type of actuator mechanism is used? How does it sound?
Clearly, when you think about something as simple as a keyboard as one of your primary tools, all of its performance characteristics become important, and personal.
Consider this example, from ESPN, about baseball player Ichiro Suzuki:
And then there's Ichiro. He keeps his bats in a humidor.
Two humidors, actually. He has a large metal case that holds 10 bats and is kept inside a locked room in the Mariners clubhouse and he has a smaller carrying case for road trips. Seriously. Both contain a chemical rod that keep the bats from losing or gaining moisture. He also has his bats shrink-wrapped for delivery to protect them from the elements. During games, Ichiro keeps his bat leaning upright at a special spot on the dugout bench and personally brings all his bats to his locker after games. He is so meticulous, when he returns to the dugout after an at-bat, he always wipes the dirt and grass stains off the bat.
When I think about the care and concern Ichiro and other masters of their craft (professional chefs, for example) give to their tools, it reminds me to do the same. Some questions then, for us to consider:
- What are the tools you rely on day-to-day, to accomplish your goals?
- How aware are you of their critical attributes?
- What shape are those tools in right now?
- How do you care for your tools, ensuring they are performing at optimal levels in support of your activities, goals and objectives?
Feel free to share your answers in the comments below.