The Monthly Reset

Whether it’s the first day of a new month or last day of the previous month you need a reset.

Not a week long vacation in the Turks and Caicos, but a one-hour conversation with yourself where you ask the following questions.

What did I accomplish?

What worked?

What didn’t work?

Where did I go wrong?

Where did I go right?

What do I need to repeat?

What do I need to tweak?

What do I want to achieve next month?

If you’re not asking yourself these questions every month, then you’re not challenging yourself to keep getting better.

When to Get Worried

When trying to solve a complex problem and people want less information on the solution.

When everyone is saying “Yes” to everything you are saying.

When there have been no changes to a problem, but the code starts to work.

When the requirements change, but no one knows.

When people start saying “it should just work”.

Those are the moments when you should start getting worried, not because something could go wrong but because it already has.

Freelancer Problem Solving

Typical problem solving via a formal RFP (Request For Proposal) involves writing out a lot of steps that check boxes and set out steps for what the problem is today over the course of a six to twelve-month engagement.

In some cases, room for change and rescoping is frowned upon and discouraged.

Whereas, the Freelancer, gives provides their services to solve the problem, irrespective of the checkboxes and output items, allowing room for change, growth, and environmental scenarios to enter the mix without derailing the process as a whole and making the customer feel as though they are “not getting what they paid for.”

Problem definition is very difficult to understand in the present, let alone forecast it for twelve months down the road so why make a plan built around deliverables and outcomes when the problem by it’s very nature will change while you are working on it.

Don’t get hung up on the checkboxes and grids, get hung up on when the end goal is.

Reading the Review

Code Review, Style Review, Editor Review…

Pick whatever it is- someone looking at your work, taking a moment to break it down and give you feedback on it.

How will you take it?

Frustration – at everything you missed?

Anxiety – while the review itself is going on?

Gratefulness – that someone took the time to actually look over work?

Determination – to listen to the reviews and make it better, not simply for a checkbox to say you did it.

Maybe it’s less, maybe it’s more, but most definitely it’s not solely one emotion going through you in how you’ll take it.  The point to remember is to keep reaching out for someone to review your work and give you feedback because that is the only way we become stronger living with the uncomfortable feelings on the path to getting better.