Several years ago, I was told that I was an under-achiever. Mostly, because I set unrealistic goals, and therefore, I was unable to achieve those goals. If I were to set more realistic goals, then I would be just fine.
Back to modern-day…
At work, there is a lot of maintenance to be done, and some people are feeling a little disillusioned by the lack of progress. Telling them that I am only one person and I can only work so fast, just doesn’t seem to help much. So, I have been working on trying to set realistic goals (for myself) and expectations (for others). So, my goal has been this: to not suck. Pretty meager but highly achievable. I think this will give me an opportunity to under-promise and over-deliver (hopefully, in a big way).
Well, these last two weeks at work have been a little hectic. Bugs and critical errors have been pouring in faster than I can address them. So, I have been feeling like I have been getting further and further behind. The sinking feeling has nearly been overwhelming and at the end of the day, I have been feeling totally drained.
Yesterday, I knocked out a big bug, which is gradually going live today. Today, I actually knocked out two serious issues that have been hanging over my head for nearly two weeks. So, I really feel like I have had a serious surge of productivity. However, I don’t want to seem boastful or set people’s expectations too high. So, here is my battle-cry for the day:
I don’t suck! (today)
Yes. I really nailed it today (so far).
I’m hopeful that I will continue to not suck tomorrow, but I don’t want to jinx myself.