“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” Zen proverb
I see my daily work as nothing more than a high tech form of chopping wood and carrying water. Work can sometimes seem to be overwhelming or unmanageable, but in the end I think that everything can be broken down into small and manageable tasks. I’ve always been interested in hearing how others go about their daily work, and also understanding what works and what does not.
For the last year I’ve had two separate roles at Microsoft – SQL Premier Field Engineer and Acting Program Manager for the SQL Microsoft Certified Master and Architect program. I also just agreed to be more involved with my townhome association (hurrah – more work!) and so I have a renewed energy around keeping organized and productive (without getting too stressed).
For today’s post, I’m going to talk about my adopted work philosophies that have, at least so far, kept me organized, on track, and productive.
<Expectation warning> There is nothing amazingly original or ground breaking here – just various scraps and bits that I’ve picked up over time from wiser people over time</Expectation warning>:
That’s all today. Time to chop some wood.