Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Re-Energizing in the Old Routine

This is my second time starting a new position in about two years. While I do enjoy changes, I also enjoy familiarity. I feel like I can easily land on two ends of a spectrum, so it's tough for me to work out issues of my own self-awareness in this context.

(I'm not sure if that makes much sense, but this is my blog and I don't expect many others to read this.)

Also, I'm realizing more and more that I'm finishing up my TENTH year in what is really the same job. I've had the pleasure of working at, now, three different institutions in these ten years, but man that's a long time for a dude who doesn't mind change. Guess I'm hanging out with my familiarity side of the spectrum more than I thought before pondering the time that has passed.

Sometimes I wonder if I should have moved "up" in the administrative chain during this time. However, I do like what I do, and I daresay each lateral move in this decade has brought my role up in the chain of institutional prestige and salary. So that's pretty darn good. Also, at this point in my career I feel very little stress over the work I do because I know what the fuck I'm doing. And that's an awfully nice thing.

When I was younger I thought I would have been bored doing a similar role for ten years. But I'm still learning a great deal and I'm settling in. I'm far from perfect at what I do, and I still feel like I have plenty to learn, so that's probably what's keeping me moving. Guess I should take advantage of the fact that I've got this, in terms of the every day. routine. Now I need to polish myself off a bit.

I've grown a lot in the past 5 years or so. I've also had two very challenging supervisors whom I respect as leaders but admittedly not as people I would otherwise choose to emulate. Also, suffice it to say I've had my fair share of working with others who were a bit toxic as colleagues. Thankfully I've learned a great deal from all of these folks, and about myself, during this time, but I'm glad to be through that change into a far better place (practically, mentally, emotionally, and physically).

So now I'm feeling re-energized and ready to get into true self-improvement in addition to carrying on good work. I think that's what sustaining oneself in a career is all about - re-energizing, re-creating, and self-improvement.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Opportunity to Start Fresh

I am not one to rely on new year's resolutions as anything all that helpful, but I do find the time to be a bit re-charging especially after a long winter break as we tend to have in higher education. I emerge from the break a bit tired from mental and physical atrophy brought on by too much food and plenty of family celebrations. But that tiredness usually gets to a peak around New Year's Eve, and I'm ready to get back to work soon thereafter.

That brings me to this post. I need to view this new position as an opportunity to start it off right. There are so many opportunities here, I hardly know where to start and where to leave off. With so much information to gather into my head, it's getting a bit overwhelming. It's not a bad problem to have (far better than being bored!), but it's a problem nevertheless.

I may rely more on writing out my thoughts a bit more up here with the hope of mapping out the starting-over journey. Could become an interesting administrative article someday for how to take a whole bunch of new information in quickly and use it to do something new.

Or perhaps I'm just spinning plates too darn much.