Back at it

Yeah, it’s been a while, and shame on me for letting the content get so stale, but between settling into a new city, starting with a new company, and moving my (and my partner’s) life from one coast to another, I found myself distracted.

I will use the next few posts to catch up on some of the highlights of the last 12 months, but I will use this one to focus on the current.

The past week or so has been spent recovering from a nasty cold (local folks are referring this one as the “Seattle Plague”) and getting the year started at work.   I am feeling better and my team is in a great place for the year, so I guess that is progress.  Now, it’s time to move beyond the tactics and get longer-term plans in place.

I plan to focus on three things:

  • Grow my professional skills and exposure.  I have been pretty heads-down and tactical with the new job, and haven’t looked outside the four walls enough.  Time to meet people, learn new things, and think about what I want career-wise in 3-5 years.  My team can do the job, so it’s time for me to look for new approaches and strategies.
  • Get the fitness regimen back in place.  Before the “Plague” knocked me off my routine,  I have been active, but I need to step it up, lose about 10-15 pounds (or get my body fat % down where it should be), and push harder to get stronger.  It’s work, but I know I feel better physically and psychologically when I do it.  
  • Work on my compulsion for order and conclusion.  For those of you who subscribe to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I am an ENTJ.  The E/I part is not that strong either way, but wow, the N, T and, to a lesser-degree, J, are really high.  What that all means is that I like order, logic, concepts, and having everything wrapped up.  “Loose ends” and me just don’t get along.  That’s neither inherently good or bad, unless it means that I get too wound-up about the realities of life, which often aren’t as conclusive as I’d like.

I guess I just listed belated New Year’s resolutions, but so be it.  I have a to-do list — which is very “J” of me.

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