Get On With It

Writing and drawings about work, family and the stuff in-between

Category: Work

  • Being the best

    Being the best

    I used to wish I was the best basketball player in the world. But what if instead of my wish being granted by gaining great abilities, everyone else lost theirs? I think a lot of people who want to be the best at something would be ok with that type of outcome.

  • I wanted to write but I took a nap instead

    I wanted to write but I took a nap instead

    Sorry, nothing insightful to share today. I used my window of time that I was supposed to be writing unproductively.

  • The (home) office door

    The (home) office door

    Working from home full-time is fantastic, but having an office in a small house with two small children means that staying focused can be a challenge. As any parent will tell you, a closed-door is not a universally recognised symbol by children to knock or come back later. It’s more like a general invitation to […]

  • A refreshing change

    A refreshing change

    As part of our recent move to Scotland, I resigned from Microsoft after 13 years of being at the company and I recently started new work as a support engineer (aka Happiness Engineer) with a company called Automattic, a company that’s so different it’s hard to see a resemblance past the fact that they are […]

  • A debug mindset

    A debug mindset

    I came across this image (from a Julia Evans tweet) last night and I was thinking about it a lot today. Although it’s about software debugging it’s applicable to hard problems of any kind.

  • Being a beginner again and always

    Being a beginner again and always

    For my next role, I should be looking at a “lateral” move, or even better, a “higher level” role. What if I did the opposite? What if I started over?

  • “Work hard” is advice with a short shelf life

    “Work hard” is advice with a short shelf life

    I’ve experienced the value of hard work and the danger of working too hard. My work must work for me, not the other way around.

  • How to help someone new (and also help yourself)

    How to help someone new (and also help yourself)

    Helping new team members is one of the many things omitted from every job description. Here’s a few different ways to think about increasing empathy towards new team members and being more useful.