Off Schedule = Low Energy


This weekend my wife and son and I are visiting family to celebrate a late Christmas, and of course there are always surprise changes to who will be here and when. In this case, it revolves around the main meal which is to be served at 1 PM. Everyone was informed ahead of time via multiple methods about the time, and everyone knows the location. Even with all of this, some family members decided to take a side-trip to Costco on the way, causing them to be late. This probably wouldn’t have been a problem, except that we didn’t find out until the last minute.

As I sat in the kitchen talking with family and waiting, it occurred to me that it felt as though the energy had practically been sucked out of the room. The excitement and joy died down to a very dull roar, and for me at least I felt as though I could take a long nap. That made me start thinking about other situations that could be affected in the same way.

For those of us who have ever been a part of a project, or initiative at work we have probably experienced the same type of event. Something somewhere is supposed to happen and doesn’t, and it feels like everything comes to a screeching halt, and trying to get back started after that can be a tremendously slow and painful process. Although it is generally accepted that schedule and scope will change (among other things) I think that more attention really needs to be paid to maintaining the momentum of a project with as few interruptions as possible.

Have some experience with this? Have some insights or opinions? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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The long and short of it.


As I think about why I decided to start a blog, it occurs to me that at it’s simplest it comes down to one thing: I have something to say.  I have been given the opportunity to experience quite a few different things in life, and continue to search out new experiences on a regular basis.  These can be experiences in food, business, family, friends, nature, art, music…practically anything.  So what do you do with these experiences?  You share them!

Ultimately, that’s what I hope to do here is share where I’ve been, where I am, what I’m thinking, and where I’m going.  Believe me when I say that there is plenty going on now, and that has happened already, for me to share about.  Even as I am typing this, my not-quite-two-year-old son is climbing on my lap to see what I am typing, as well as climbing on everything else, my wife of just over a year is at work, I’m listening to Slacker Radio (currently Breakeven by The Script on the Alternative channel) and wondering if I’ll hear from one of the 200 jobs that I have applied to in the last 60 days (I wish that I could say that I was being facetious), while working on my new blog and getting ready to read more of “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell (which has definitely given me some ideas to post here!).

So hopefully this doesn’t scare anyone away, and hopefully you enjoy what may come!  I know I certainly will.