getting confident

I’ve been mulling things over and I have come to a conclusion.  I’m fairly decent at my job.  I have periods of time when I feel like I can’t get anything done, mixed with periods of “DUDE YOU FUCKIN SUCK” but lately I’ve been handling things better and getting a feeling that I can not only do my job, but do it well.  I’ve done several things in the last several months that have both helped and hindered me in my quest to become more efficient.

First and foremost, I’m ignoring the bright new shiny technologies unless I can see a true return on looking into the possibility of using it.  If it’s not going to require a full re-write on functionality that already works, then I’ll consider it.

Most importantly, I got an intern for the summer, who after his first week I am glad to say is picking things up quickly.  Before he started, I really had to take a solid look at how I was accomplishing things and see if ‘this’ was the best way to do it or ‘that’ was.  It helped me clean up a lot of the procedures of my daily job and document some of them, and at least get the others in order.  One of the first orders of business for the intern, document the rest of the procedures as he is taught them 🙂

And with all humility aside, I think I’m doing a pretty good job with my first foray into management.  I’m feeling good that I’m not overloading him, that I’m keeping the topics fairly broad to give him the overall picture as well as some fine details on one or two projects that I want him to get working on more fully this week coming up.  Should be a good week 🙂

I’m also feeling a lot more confident physically.  I’ve been working out more than once every two weeks, and the mostly regular workouts are helping me in kendo and in jujitsu.  Today’s class was pretty good, tho fairly hot in black gi’s in Sensei’s backyard.  The nice thing about right now is we had some guys from Princeton Univ. who are gone for the summer and a few guys are on vacation right now so it was a good class with just four of us.  It always allows for more intensive training when there are less people because Sensei can spend more time helping you refine your technique.  He kept it pretty light because it was fairly hot in the sun, and really worked on the fine points of jujitsu, sword, staff, and short staff.

I was huffing at one point, but I wasn’t feeling ill, or ready to pass out like I had been feeling when I first started going back to class in January.

Hope this finds everyone happy and healthy.

Help? HELP!! YAY!

I’ve been working for this company for almost 3.5 years now, and we quickly realized that I would need help.  We’ve been trying to organize something, so when we hired our summer intern, I was looking forward to not only getting some help, but also to get the chance to try on my manager suit and see how I would do.

Honestly, I think I’m doing pretty well.  I’ve been giving him a general course on MyCompany 101 as far as what the industry does, and how we operate as well as teaching him updated programming techniques, sql programming, and some other things thrown in for flavor.  It was nice today because he took on some project work and for the first time in a long time, I got to do some planning and work on some other stuff that kept getting put to the side.

Here’s to getting some help and hopefully leading to a really productive summer.  Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately, getting ready for him to start and been training him all week.  Should be an even more productive next week!