When working on an issue, it is easy to get sidetracked by other unrelated changes that need to be made. I’ve found that instead of addressing other issues as I spot them, taking a moment to open an issue and then ignoring them allows me to stay focused on the task at hand.
Art Imitates Programmers
I love this video from the TV show Malcom in the Middle. In it, the father Hal goes to change a light bulb and in the process finds other tasks that require his attention. Instead of staying focused, he ends up tackling a much larger project without changing the lightbulb.
Don’t be Hal. When you spot an unrelated problem, like a wobbly shelf, document the problem in an issue and then ignore it while you focus on your original task.