Tuesday, January 09, 2007

How productive am I?

Many months ago I enjoyed reading Matt Raible's Tips for Productivity and Happiness at Work. I re-stumbled over it now reading his 2006 review. Tomorrow I'm doing my first yearly evaluation (even though I've only worked there for 6 months). Sorta wish I had been better at noting/blogging what I've been doing for the last year, but it can quickly be summed up in

  • finishing thesis
  • enjoying the summer
  • started new job

Doesn't look to impressive, but I can't be bothered with the details right now. Now what I wanna do is a cross-checking of how I do on Matt's tips:

Write stuff down
Roger that! Writing as much on the internal wiki as ever!

Quit reading e-mail and blogs.
Ermm.. I quit reading blogs, so I'm halfway there. I don't too much mail anyway.

Work on open source late at night, with a beer on your desk.
Errhhmm.. Have really been falling behind on my open-source efforts..

Work disconnected.
Nope.

Listen to music while you work.
I always do.

Work long hours on Monday and Tuesday.
And on Wednesday. And on Thursday. And on Friday. Plus sometimes on Sunday.

Avoid meetings at all costs.
Done pretty well here. Can't remember more than 5-10 major meetings through the autumn.

Sleep.
Right. During weekends.

Work on something you're passionate about.
I wouldn't wanna work with anything else.

If you're not happy at work, quit.
We'll see how the evaluation goes :)

Always try to be a contractor before a full-time employee.
That's what I'm doing.

Don't work at a company with a two-week vacation policy.
I don't. We have a three-week vacation policy.

Don't travel if you have kids.
I do neither.

Ask for more responsibility.
Well, just got personal responsibility for a smaller project, so that's going well.

Most things can be learned by reading.
Sure. I started reading three different pieces of techie litterature.

That lands me at score of.. about 12/15.

Looking forward to Appfuse 2.0, by the way!