Seriously.. I spend too much time putting thought into what I will end up doingâ€¦
Just recently, contemplating a method to monitor the actual roof sensor on our hot water system, I wanted to avoid any effects on the circuit (temperature sensors / thermistors rely on change in resistance to measure difference in temperature).
Back when I was much younger, Iâ€™d have not given a toss about resistance and just wired it up and looked at the reading and used that. Alas, I wanted to ensure no effects so went on the hunt for an op-amp that had high impedance and would operate on +5V, and, read the entire 5V range â€“ impossible.
It was suggested that I test reading directly, to see if there would be interference on the circuit â€“ so I pulled out the trusty multimeter and measured voltage (previously I measured resistance), and found that this had no impact on the readings (well, no discernible impact). Why I never went with voltage to begin with is beyond me.
But this essentially shows the problem, over thinking, and thatâ€™s not an isolated event. Thereâ€™s getting it to work, and then getting it to work really well..
I recall sometime last year as I was starting out in my new job, I had some unclear objectives, and that lead me to consider future purposes over present need. This was at considerable time lost as so much thought and time went into putting a solution together, that ultimately was â€˜past what would have done the jobâ€™.
I think I have a solution to that though â€“ â€œJust Do Itâ€. Ignoring my head wandering off into a different direction, and just meeting requirements would ultimately get â€˜the job doneâ€™. Thatâ€™s what I have to remember â€“ â€œJust Do Itâ€. Worry about the problems later. After a problem has occurred. Chances are good that it was never a problem anyway, and my thoughts leading me astray â€“ waste of time.
The new job Iâ€™m at clearly value me, and think very highly of me â€“ bugger knows why though â€“ considering the time spent with my thoughts leading me astray, Iâ€™d probably fail on â€˜productivityâ€™ â€“ so they like me for something else. The paranoia in me says they are toying with me.
Why are my thoughts leading me astray? I canâ€™t focus â€“ thatâ€™s the real problem, the cause of which who knows. I canâ€™t say I get distracted a lot, I get a few calls / emails, but thatâ€™s not the distractions as such.
Same issue with the car, I was going to try and find a way of measuring Mass Air Flow, thinking thatâ€™d be about the same as measuring injectors. Wrong, injectors are better â€“ who cares about air flow in fuel consumption calculations â€“ 14.7 is the magic stoich ratio, but I want mlâ€™s injected over distance.
And there I go again, wandering off â€“ lost focus.