“You should write a Top 10 for your blog of your time here, and when you do, make sure to include me in it.” Thanks for the idea, [dude], and now that I completed this contract, had some time to unwind, here on Monday morning, let’s chat about my Top 10 experiences with this most recent contract gig:
- Made new friends
Along with the aforementioned dude, I met a bunch of really nice people. Omitting names and personal information, but, meow.
- Reacquainted with others
Met a friend from two gigs ago. Even though we have 7.4 billion people on the planet, you’re likely to meet people again, so be good, or be in the right, or be embarrassed.
- Developed self confidence
Decisively, as was the case with rejecting the apology a few weeks ago, which as a sidenote turned out well- we had a nice chat on my last day. Yet moreso being able to better walk into new situations, own the situation, and get to work.
- Built my resolve
I’d struggled over the years to be able to articulate my goals and dreams. Verbally at least because I can write boldly because of the Backspace, perhaps. Here, I expressed my ambitions more directly with positive results.
- Built my brand
This website has two main intentions: to showcase the work I’ve done with challenges I’ve overcome, and also helping out those who could face similar situations. I feel it’s been more natural through the last few months.
- Project management practice
“Most people wouldn’t really consider [this task] to be project management experience.” I described my thought process and how I executed my plans. “No, that’s actually exactly what project management is all about.”
- Technical aptitude practice
Most problems are rudimentary: X breaks, apply Y, and now it’s back. One of my more creative solutions, figuring out that [event] caused [situation], helped four customers (became friends) get back up and running.
- The journey there
With an average bus commute of two hours each way, or if I drove one hour in the early morning and over two stop-and-go hours in the evening, that was rough. I adapted well enough, taking more photographs, and figuring out ways to write on the bus.
- Endured the grind
As much as one can, the more you push through minor inconveniences, the better your endurance. Just like when you exercise, at first you’re exhausted, but after a while you can go for a while without running out of breath.
- Refined my schedule
Years ago, I’d roll into work right at the bell, so tardiness was always on my mind. I never missed a bus and after a proactive conversation to adjust my schedule, always got in early. Preparation and padding: have something to do if you get in early.
This is the longest break I’ve had since September, nearly six months of working daily either toward my career or writing goals, so it’s been nice.
Journal and Plans will resume in a week or two.
Reducing the backlog now.