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Done or Not Done

One of the things I hear a lot relating to work big and small is that it is “almost done”, with a close relative “basically done”, often spoken as they reach for the marker to cross of an item on the task list. I can appreciate that it’s useful to indicate progress in a simpler way than saying its 97% complete, but it’s in no way the same as done.

Done is a binary state, it either is, or it is not. That final work, that last 1 or 2 percent, can often take a lot longer than we think, and it’s harder to stay engaged when something is marked as done and now we still have work to do (or supposed to do).

It’s also fun to say because it’s not far from Yoda.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


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