Feb 28 2008

Integrity and Procrastination

Jamie Barrows

The above picture is one of my favorite demotivators. Mainly because it’s so true. We put off hard work that will lead to better things, in order to get immediate gratification.

I’ve been reading a book by John Maxwell called, Becoming a person of influence. The first chapter is on the importance of integrity. And one of the points in the chapter was that being reliable was an important aspect of integrity. And that’s something I’ve always worked towards. Having people count on me and know that I will do what I said I would, is really important to me.

But the book had an interesting quote that really struck me. It went like this, “Each day, do what you should do before what you want to do.” That is don’t procrastinate on your responsibilities. Finish what you need to do before playing.

Now being a person who cares a lot about accomplishing my responsibilities, I do put a lot of effort into making sure that I do things on time. If I told someone I was going to do something by a certain time or date, I do my best to have it done. But I have to say that procrastination is a serious problem with me. If I think I can put off working on something I don’t want to work on, I will. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still get it done on time, but I will wait until the last minute to do it.

And until reading that chapter, I never connected that tendency to procrastinate with integrity. But it really does fit. How can I be honest with myself about my responsibilities when I know I’m not working on them and should be? I’m only putting them off because I know I can get away with it. I know that no one will know that I didn’t work on the job until the last minute.

So my conclusion is that I’m going to put a lot more effort into finishing my responsibilities before the last minute. I’m going to try to not put things off that I know I can get away with doing just before they are required. I’m going to work on them when I should be.

Feb 25 2008

Changes Update

Jamie Barrows

joy.jpgI said last week that I was dealing with some changes. The changes are actually a shift in jobs.
I currently work for a company that writes banking software for check scanners. Mostly for remote deposit applications. My job consists of programming interfaces for the many different scanners on the market.
I’ve been doing it for almost three years, and I’ve really enjoyed working for the company and I’ve enjoyed the relationships that I’ve established with my coworkers and with the clients I deal with. But it’s time for a change.
So starting the 10th of March, I’ll be working for a new company. I can’t say a lot about the new job yet, but I can say it will involve a lot of travel and a lot less programming. So it will be a nice change from what I currently do.

Feb 20 2008

Changes Coming

Jamie Barrows

Blue HouseI know I’ve been pretty silent here for a while. But I just wanted to let you know I haven’t abandoned this blog. I’m just going through a lot of changes right now, and haven’t had a lot of time for posting to this or any of my other blogs.
But once things settle down a little, I’ll be sure to post an update on how things are going and what is changing in my life.

Feb 1 2008

New Ideas

Jamie Barrows
Eyes in Chalk

I’m really wondering if I’m in the right career. Am I really supposed to be a programmer? Keeping up with my projects and responsibilities is almost more than I can handle. I’m stressed out and overwhelmed most of the time. And I really don’t think I’m all that good at programming.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not bad at it, but I’m not good at it either. I’m just average. And average isn’t good enough.

I enjoy programming, but I don’t enjoy it enough to do it for fun. And if I wouldn’t do it for fun, then maybe it isn’t something I should do for a career. Or even something I want to do for a career.

My problem is that I don’t know what I do want to do. I like computers and I get excited about the tech industry. So I think whatever I do should be connected to the computer industry. Especially since that is what I know about.

The computer industry is massive and covers a lot of aspects besides programming. So I should be able to find something I enjoy. I just need some ideas, and then I need to start working towards them.