Recently, I have been thinking of making some major changes in my life – long overdue changes, including employment, business direction, nutrition, relationships, and priorities. This is all great, but I have run into some snags that have been really discouraging; snags that make me question all that I have done. And then, I had an epiphany as I was taking a walk tonight trying to figure out where I had gone wrong. The answer: take baby steps.
I’ve been thinking about how hard things have been at work this past year and trying to analyze it to see what I can learn. A year ago, I was given the most difficult writing project I have ever had. The assignment was to work on an extremely high profile product that needed me to do more work in a very short amount of time than ever before. Add to this the following challenges:
- Working within a new development process that was not designed for writers (our version of scrum) and makes getting my job done much more difficult.
- Finding time to train a brand new writer while still trying to meet aggressive writing deadlines.
- Losing that writer due to layoffs just as she was trained and being shorthanded at the worst possible time.
- Losing the other writer that was helping me at the same time I lost the first writer for five weeks.
- Being given two new contract writers in Russia that speak English as a second language and needing to train both of them on the product and writing.
I had what I felt was an almost impossible task . More recently, even more bad things have been happening at work that don’t create more work, but make my job a lot less enjoyable. So, what am I to do and how do I survive?
I’ve been having a really bad toothache these past few days and went to see the dentist this afternoon. I was actually scarred. I let this go way too long, over six years in fact, and now I was scared I would lose my tooth. When the dentist saw the x-rays, he said, “We might be able to fill the cavity, but you need to be prepared for the worst case.” I thought, I knew it, I’m really going to lose my tooth. He said, “The worst case is that you will need a root canal.” “Really? That’s the worst case, “ I said. I was overjoyed. Well, I did need a root canal, but I am so glad I didn’t lose my tooth. I feel very lucky and never want to be in this situation of neglecting my teeth for so long again. I figure by taking the time to think about and write this post, this experience will burn itself into my memory and I will not be so quick to fall back into old ways . I am also wondering what life lesson I can learn from this.