Weekly Journal: #21 Just Walk Cool

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.

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Weekly Journal: #20 Expanding Hidden Thresholds

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.

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Weekly Projection: #21 Cleaning Up Shop

Now that the first half of the project is complete, and I’m not as sick as I was in the past week, it’s time to focus on tidying up the loose elements that we had to put off to the side to take care of the bigger work. That’s the same as any project, really: I’ll typically focus on the glittery elements and don’t want to tackle the grimy elements. There’s one problem with that…

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Weekly Journal: #19 Phase One Complete

“It’s like Day of the Dead around here.” “Yeah, it is.” Every cubicle farm you’ve ever walked through is a weekend away from being completely dismantled. We holed up in the command center bunker room because everything else not tied down was gone. My makeshift operation was as cluttered as could be, cables everywhere; chaotic. Through all that, and “if HR heard me coughing this bad, they’d send me home sick,” we completed the project

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Weekly Projection: #20 Ahead of Illness

Last week might have been a good indication I wasn’t feeling my best, and trying to readjust in order to get back on track. Thursday afternoon I caught something fierce. I’m going to go to sleep soon because without nearly enough recuperation time, it’s back to the grind, with hopefully the worst of the illnesses out of the way, I still have some adversity ahead of me.

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Weekly Journal: #18 Two Hidden Items

It’s funny that even with all of my planning, there were still two hidden itemsĀ on the first due date. I found the first task while wrapping up one of the remaining tasks on the list, and the customer reached out to me directly with second one. I was able to get both resolved just in time. Those oversights cut into my prep time for this next week and also proved to be nice lessons.

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Work Ethic: Working While Sick

When I’m sick, it’s like I’m at half speed. No energy. No drive to create anything creative, no coherent thinking, and no certainly motivation to do anything functional. Thursday afternoon, I noticed a bit of a sore throat. Friday morning, I was already in the thick of it. No room for days off on this project, so I showed up and did my best, even though it was perhaps clear I shouldn’t have been there at all.

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