This week was the first week that I was back for the whole week from Annual leave – I do try to take a good block of time off over the Summer School holiday period, you know recharge, refresh etc. and get a couple of things done around the place.
As always this time I of year I give myself the challenge of picking 3 things thats will be the basis around which I work through the year, work or otherwise. What I have from 2010 was
- Make sure that I tell the people who are important to me why they are important
- Be fitter at 50 than I was at 30 &
- Ensure that my daughter has a great 16th birthday
And for the first year ever I managed to make every last one of the above.
This year I have only 1 so far, which I have to credit IBM Distinguished Engineer (retired) Clive Harris with the initial advice
No one remembers what you haven’t done for them, so do less but do it better
In the IBM that I work in almost every day is a day of Triage, that is deciding on what is the next most important thing for you to put your attention to, things like
- Clearing you inbox just in case there is something more important’
- submitting your expenses
- Reading trade material or doing research, etc
Can all come well down the list of priorities, yet, as a senior technical professional I am expected to be well on top of these sort of things. The issue is, I know, is that I try to spread myself across too may things and as such I half do a number of tasks & activities that really should have been completed.
That will change in 2011, well as much as I can control it it will & I have 4 major areas that I will focus on
- Remote Access Transformation
- Supporting India’s growth & consolidation
- Work in support of IBM’s technical Community &
- Continue my work on my Daughters High School’s P&C
(for those for you who are IBMers, the internal version of this post will have a bit more detail)
That’s enough to keep me busy I suspect.
Thanks for reading
I attended 19 meetings & dealt received 245 emails that I needed to do something with.