I mentioned last week that I was slacking off a bit, and now I just have to admit that I am just struggling to focus in general. By focus, I mean it’s been really difficult to focus on training and being creative. Work has slowed down a touch, it’s been hot in Denver, and I have a pending camping trip coming up. I can’t imagine why I am having a hard time focusing on working when I want to be outside.
Although, I haven’t totally slacked off. I’ve traded reading technical documents/books to catchup on my SQL podcasts. So there is that. I caught a podcast with Carlos Chacon and Phillip Morgan on SQL Data Partners talking about how to position yourself in your career. Which, given that I’m going on vacation, has given me something to think about. Which, has been fortuitous in the sense that I have been questioning in which direction to move from a career standpoint. Nothing drastic, or at least I don’t think is drastic.
I’m hoping to give my little quandary some thought while I step away from the computer and take a break. Then maybe I’ll have some insight and come up with an answer. In the mean time, I’m going to go enjoy some down time camping, kayaking, fishing, and with lots of mountains.
I have to admit, I have been slacking off a bit regarding get a post up on this blog. It’s summer time, and well….I’ll admit, my interests have been in other places. It’s really hard to focus when its hot outside. It’s also hard to focus when you’d rather be outside. Which, is where I have been quite a lot lately. When I have been inside, I have been reading and trying to study writing SQL code. As well as working on trying to understand how to set up a code repository and use it.
My last several on call rotations have been chaotic as well. I could talk about those, but I wouldn’t have much to contribute other than the to seemingly gripe about the process. Which I’m sure I have already done enough off. Of course that happens when you are participating in a data center move. All kinds of things can go wrong. Then you begin to question management decisions and it just makes a person generally unhappy.
I did take sometime to update the main picture on the website, so it was a bit more SQL’esque. Anyway, I’m hoping to come up with some new content shortly. The next TSQL Tuesday is coming up shortly and I’m planning on participating again. Unless, like the last topic, I don’t have enough experience to discuss it. Or enough time to put in it to research the topic to make an educated post. Of course I’m also still working on improving a system for continued learning, but then, aren’t we all?
Have you ever gotten the feeling the universe was trying to tell you something? I felt this way with Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism. No, not because it was on the New York Times bestseller list, but because I kept stumbling across it. I caught an Art of Charm podcast with Greg which made me think, hey this sounds like something I should read one of these days. Then I heard a reference to this book on another podcast, and finally I watched a presentation by Jes Borland (b/t) talking about the principles of Essentialism in regards to being busy, which is the video below.
It’s about an hour long video, but so worth the time. Even though it’s from the 2017 Chicago Code camp, it’s not a technical discussion.
So what is Essentialism you ask? The book defines essentialism as anything you are passionate about in your life, and then focusing on that. Boil down your interests to things you are passionate about and avoid the things that take away from that. A good example is sporting gear. If you are avid hiker, back packer, dirt biker ride, and you have golf clubs and skis that you haven’t used in a decade. Maybe you should get rid of the clutter of the skis and golf clubs, because you aren’t into as much as you thought. Translation, only keep the stuff that adds value to your life.
Another aspect of Essentialism the book talks about, is saying no. Your time is a precious commodity that you should protect. Why sacrifice your time to attend an event that you’re not really into just because of social pressure? Why get shackled with a project you don’t really want to do, just because you were asked. The book reminds us it’s ok to say No. It’s ok to say No to focus on the things that we value.
Honestly, for me, this isn’t something new at all. I have been coming to this conclusion on my own, but felt like I was being self centered/self serving. So perhaps the universe was trying to tell me something, and maybe it was just my mind was ready to accept the concept. This concept of living essentially deeply resonated with me, and I plan on pursing it. Anyone needs golf clubs or skis?