Last month, I thought about writing on a daily basis. That’s mostly worked well. I’d say for every day I carved out even just a half hour to write a quick 500 words to process either an event or a concept of the day exponentially excelled me closer to my goals. There are 100 other things I’d rather do, 25 of which are more important than the rest, and thousands I could do instead. Why write?
Last week‘s resolutions are still in effect after the new year and I’m starting off the week first thing with a decisive set of tasks. I wouldn’t say these were among the most challenging tasks I’ve done in the field, nor high profile, nor risky in terms of “will it work,” but I guess in terms of winning over customers? Maybe. I don’t know why I’m making such a big deal out of it in my mind. So let’s chat for a bit and maybe I’ll figure out why.
I started a new contract last week and did well. (Despite being sick for much of it with a cold and maybe general fatigue. I slept for over twelve hours after Friday afternoon, but then again, I also returned to exploring the city on the last day of the work week as I did the last time I worked in this grimy and glittery city of Seattle.) I have a couple factors to thank for that success:
In a few hours I’ll be starting a new contract. The first day is always the most stressful. The way I think of it, using an example from the movie The Men Who Stare At Goats, is that your first day is purely about soaking in as many details as possible. First it’s where you’ll be working, who you’ll be working with, and then the finer details. Here’s how I’ll keep it manageable this week:
If ever there were a decisive work week, it’d be this one. Between Monday morning’s interview for the (possible) new contract, last week’s early leave notice, and the project nearly being complete with the project manager leaving for vacation on Friday, it’s go bold or go home this week. I’ll have to eat succinctly, sleep tenaciously, and take care of myself vicariously.
My focus last week was completing my current priority task for this project due on Tuesday. Well, let me rephrase that: my priority was making sure that my task was as thoroughly tested as I could. To use an analogy, I’ve been building a big boat over the last few weeks. I’ve built many boats over the years, most smaller, some bigger, where some have sunk, and others are probably still afloat. This boat is by far the riskiest I’ve ever built. Why?
Especially if you’ve been in the same job for a few years, you tend to forget how your first day in new digs is like. Here are some good tips I recorded during my first day of my most recent gig: