Context Switching

It’s a term I first learned 15 years ago in my computer OS class. Multitasking operating systems execute different programs ‘in parallel’ by giving each a little bit of time to execute. Because the CPU was fast enough, it appeared that every program was running at the same time.

Now back to real work and life. I recently started tracking how I work. I context switch better emails, IM from average 6 people, meetings, co-workers dropping by to chat, writing coding, writing documentation, fixing problems with the website, doing planning for a upcoming project.

It’s the reality of the job, but it’s been an eye opener to know this is the my daily challenge. Now it’s time for an upgrade to the CPU

Tony Tam

Senior Principal Architect @ Splunk Founder of ImpactfulEngineer.org & SFBadminton.org