I’ve been neglecting to write in my daily journal recently. I missed a day or two the week before last, and this past week, I think I only summarized once day. I finished a project that was mainly mechanical. I even felt like a car mechanic when I was rerouting cables under tables, which certainly wasn’t anything noteworthy from a project management or technical standpoint, but there were some nice things about it.
When people drop off work on our plates, they often forget that we were already working on other things. If you politely say “sorry, I’m wrapping up this project,” then most of the time people will check their biases or interpretations and let you tend to your work. That’s the thing that annoys me the most – others might be there to screw around, but I’m not, so if you think I am bored or idle, well hey, you can help me out with this work that I basically took out of your queue? Rather than make assumptions, why not just ask “what’s your workload for today look like?” If my workload is light, I’m more than happy to take on more work.
Once I got a rhythm down for this mini project, this was also the easiest (and most repetitious) task I’ve done in my career yet. Just follow the process. Some tasks would be easier than others because of certain factors. It was also nice to completely own the process, and in a sense practice some basic project management procedures:
- Begin with an estimate of the problem that needs to be solved.
- Identify the full scope of the problem and what is needed to resolve the problem.
- Communicate with relevant parties the process of resolving the problem.
- Resolve the problem. Refine the scope and pace of the project as needed.
- Communicate the conclusion with relevant parties to ensure adequate resolution.
The conversation from last week resolved itself nicely. Standing up for the right thing should never be considered a negative, and as long as it’s firm and fair, should work out. Another problem with “doing the right thing” is that it’s also often perceived as slower than taking shortcuts and cheating, but there isn’t a whole lot of rework, if any, so it’s really short term versus long term thinking.
It’ll also be nice to get more than four to six hours of sleep per night.