It’s been eight years since I first got my CompTIA A+, the certification standard for hardware and software troubleshooting, which on the one hand might make me feel old, but on the other hand feels like a great achievement. As with anything in life, the more you do something, the better you become at it. My first years were clunky whereas now I’m generally able to do most anything on the test, except maybe the most cutting edge stuff, but that’s just a matter of learning it as well. My biggest advice on this regard is just humbly learn quickly.
“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:
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.
With eight more business days planned for the remainder of this contract, tidying up the workload is probably the big priority. Wrapping up most if not all of the fourteen tasks in my queue, the side assignments I’ve been given, and in general closing the books on one chapter to start another anew in a few weeks. Here’s how I’ve done it for other contracts:
Among the compliments I receive for helping people out, “rockstar” tends to be the one that appears the most often. Up until recently, I’d been insecure about myself fully. It’s not that I do anything inappropriate off the clock. It’s just that I’d thought rockstars and professionals were two different worlds. They’re not. I was just trying to maintain a perfect professional image. Now?
Some of my current plans are too ambitious for me to want to write about right now. I didn’t write or implement last week’s plans. Actually, I’ll rename them from projections now, so now the numbers are aligned… I thought they were two numbers off, but maybe not. Maybe I’ll write about these current circumstances after the dust settles. For now, I’ll just cover the facts.
While we tend to work while being sick, and push through to complete projects, it’s like the first thirty seconds after you’ve pushed yourself past an exercise goal. I’ll use a rowing machine as an example. After rowing for x amount of time, you get tired, and when the goal is y amount of time, after crossing that threshold it’s like a moment of clarity. You just gave all that you thought you could. There is a minor deception within that feeling, however.