I was struck by this last night, this morning really, in a discussion with a stalker...I mean friend over IM.
I was describing something I wanted to do in the RPD (OBIEE) and his reponse was, WTF are you thinking? (nicely, of course).
It was then that I realized that I had not taken the time to reflect on my last 2 years.
There are a number of reasons for this.
1. I've been really busy (a good thing)
2. I've been working from home.
Being busy is a no-brainer. Most of us go through periods where we work a lot, that's me. I'm thankful for that, especially in light of my time just before this run started. Things were...not so settled. I've also got a family to support and a daughter who requires more (time, attention and money) than the average child.
During the time when life wasn't so stable, I was full of rants and opinions about how things should be. It's because I had a lot of free time to think.
Working from home is different as I am learning. I've been home (from work) for over 8 months now. I spend all my time in front of the computer. I rarely just sit around.
Sitting in front of the computer all day long occupies my mind and prevents me from reflecting. Perhaps it is distraction? As Jake mentions in that article:
even worse with unread counts, the most heinous weapon in the psychological warfare armory an app can use to ruin your productivity.
Or maybe I just haven't learned yet to step away for a little while. A few weeks ago, I was spending my lunch hour on the bike, I felt great but even better, I allowed myself to step away for a mere hour. Verboten!
So I'm going to take some time in the next couple of weeks to step away; "it's OK Chet, the world will not fall apart while you are away."
Hopefully it will give me the needed time to reflect on what I have done...