A plan awaits

A year from now, you will wish you had started TODAY.

– Karen Lamb

The pieces are coming together. My earlier ambivalence about this job is dissipating. Now I know I am going to be leaving – after the big deadline I have in September. This gives me about 20 weeks to hone the skills I need to get up to speed. I just really need to do it.

I have resolved to do this in the past, but things broke down with me, and I did not follow through, much to my current disadvantage. Now I am in a situation where I need to move, I want to move, I have to move… but I can’t. Because I don’t have all my ducks in a row.

To be fair, though, I can’t exactly leave before this big deadline. I can’t just ship out before it’s done. I am a key player in this project, and leaving right now would seriously screw over my co-workers, and I don’t want to do that.

I want to leave the company, not stick it to people who I work with. It’s a classic conundrum, which I’m sure I can overcome – it just takes time.

You know, it’s funny, having memory issues when it comes to future planning. Sometimes I just plain forget what I’m supposed to be doing, down the line. I lose sight of things and I get distracted and pulled off in a million other directions. Then I forget what I’m supposed to be doing… and I lose ground on what progress I’ve made before.

And then I get depressed and feel like I will never make progress. Ever.

Which isn’t true, but it sure feels that way.

So, here is my plan :

  • I have a set of skills that I need to hone and strengthen and prove.
  • I have 20 weeks in which to do just that.
  • I have chosen three different distinct but related skillsets to work on during this time.
  • Each of these skillsets has books and documentation and training materials that I can use to gain expertise.
  • Those books and documents have chapters, which I can use to break down my work into manageable pieces.
  • I have sever space of my own, so that my work can be seen and experienced “in the wild”, not just on my hard drive, which is very, very important for a job search.

So, if I am systematic and focused on the taks(s) at hand, I will be able to position myself very well for a job change in the fall. I will have time to work on my portfolio, and I will have time to build things that are real — and are really the types of things I want to be doing — so that people can see that I’m not just a dabbler, and I know what I’m doing. I will also have time to focus in on emerging industry trends and participate in online discussions that show that I know what I’m talking about and I’m current on emerging trends and technologies.

I just need to stay the course. Not get pulled off in a million different directions. Stay focused. Quit looking at the news to see if they’ve figure out who bombed the Boston Marathon, stop obsessing over my marital issues and personal issues. Yes, they matter. Yes, they (some of them) affect me directly. Yes, they have the potential to make me really miserable. But at the very base of it all, at the very core, if I am not gainfully employed in a job that is meaningful and rewarding for me, everything else just falls apart.

So, I need to keep myself on track. Not get pulled in a million different directions by things that may or may not affect me personally, and may not be under my control at all. There is no point to me getting that distracted over so much. When I start to get overwhelmed, I become more easily distracted, and that doesn’t bode well.

So, I need to make sure I’m not getting overwhelmed. I need to pace myself. Not go faster than originally planned, but also not bag it when I feel like I’m going slower than originally planned. Just keep steady, which is so very difficult for me… because I get foggy and turned around and then my head goes in a hundred different directions, thinking that each of them is a good idea, which it is not.

It’s a problem, this distractability. And the morale-killing fatigue. And the overwhelm that narrows my cognitive resources and wears me out… AND makes me crave stress, so that I feel sharper and I feel like I’m able to handle my life.

A plan awaits. Yes, I am motivated. Yes, it is now time to start in earnest. And yes, I’m going to do this – because I can’t imagine doing anything different. And if I don’t, things will never change the way I want them to.

Enough talk – onward.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

4 thoughts on “A plan awaits”

  1. It’s so easy to become distracted, especially when you have so many interests in the world. In spite of these distractions, you have outlined a great plan to be implemented in the fall. That timeframe will allow you to move at a smooth pace, and review all the materials you need to … and ultimately become successful in your career change.

    It’s good to know you take your present job seriously, and are committed. That’s far and few between these days! It seems like so many are just out to collect the paycheck and don’t commit to doing their best. I spend more time correcting errors of others, and I wonder how so many could be employed. I would have been fired! What’s up with the lousy work ethics these days of so many?

    Take care and stay safe.


  2. Thanks – yes, good question. What *is* up with the lousy work ethic? I suspect it’s one part self-preservation — employers have precious little loyalty left for their staff, so why should people commit to a “contract” that isn’t worth diddly to the other party — and one part lack of consequences.

    I think employers pretty much do it to themselves with their cavalier approach to “staffing” — everybody’s replaceable, these days, apparently.

    Except that we’re not. Good help is hard to find, but it takes qualitative thinking to value that. Nowadays, it seems as though everything is about the numbers, and precious little else. And that means a good employee is worth as much to employers as a lackadaisical warm body in the seat. That much was made clear by the “raise” I just got — a whopping 1.29% increase in pay. Hm. So, that’s how expendable I am, huh?

    Unfortunately, it’s the folks “on the ground” who are affected by that attitude. Not only in the workforce, but in the people we/they serve.

    It’s too bad that it’s come to this. I guess it’s a sign of my age (I’m pushing 50), that I value hard, honest work for its own sake. It’s too bad that this hasn’t translated down to the most recent generation. It’s their loss as much as ours. As for myself, I can only tend to my own work and my own work ethic. I think for me, the point is not just the job and its details, but the quality of life I have when I am making an effort to do a good job. That’s what matters to me.

    It would be nice if my employer recognized my value, but honestly, it’s been plain to me for a while that they just don’t. The “raise” was just the most recent confirmation that they consider me and everyone around me expendable, so rather than waste a lot of time on living up to their expectations, I’m putting my energy and efforts into What’s Next.

    And that feels pretty good. Daunting, but good.

    Thanks for writing.


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