David at 37signals has hit on one of life’s truths:
The best ideas arise when you’re squeezed between the constraints of time, reality, and a desire to be happy writing beautiful code.
This is of course not just true for programmers, I imagine it would be true for all creative pursuits. How you choose to interpret and emphasize this idea will dictate how productive and beautiful your output will be.
For my part, I tend to focus way too much on ‘a desire to be happy writing beautiful code’ and this slows me down because I then lose touch with ‘the constraints of time, [and] reality’ to the detriment of my deadlines.
As always, there is room for improvement in all of us. Thanks, David, for illuminating the way for me.