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Nathan Anderson

The Personal Blog of Nathan Anderson. Dedicated to writing about learning, growing, and doing.

I keep thinking about different jobs.

I don't think jobs is the right word, businesses is more fitting. What else could I do? What sort of industries could I jump into? What would I be doing right now if I didn't work for TPH?

I keep asking myself these questions. Not Because I dislike working for TPH but because I find myself asking: "what else" a lot now.

What would I be doing right now if I didn't work for TPH?

Starting something new is, and always will be, incredibly interesting to me. I have yet to really find an incredible idea and stick with it. The closest I have come is ReDecidedU, an idea about having a Go-to site for College information you would normally have to dig for. I've tried to hash out the details of ReDecidedU in the past but I always seems to come back with a lot of confusion. I think the idea is foggy and needs to be thought about more before I try jumping into it again.

That's always been my fallback through, Education. I love hockey, I love design, I love marketing and I get to say I do both of those things at TPH. I also love education though and as much as I believe TPH provides a lot of valuable education to young student-athletes it's not something I'm directly involved with. I just do the marketing.

I Love Education

Maybe that's the issue with ReDecidedU, It's not much different than TPH. ReDecidedU would basically be a marketing machine for correct college decisions, it's not me providing direct education. It's closer though.

Education is tough. I thrive on tough. Today was tiring. I spent 5 straight hours filling out the biggest white board I've ever seen to simply find my first viable solution to a problem. I'm going to try it tomorrow. The point is this: I am fine with the struggle, the long hours, the crazy messes. What I can't do is invest in something I'm not interested in.

The good news is that, for the first time ever, I feel like I have time for something else. The reality is I'm sure I do more work for TPH now than before but it's much more managed. I worked for 12 hours this weekend at the office, but it was at the office. I've never been able to separate TPH and everything else by an actual location. My thought was that I'd hate it, and I don't love the drive, but I don't hate the office. I love the office.

I'm still not a 9-5 guy.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still not a 9-5 guy. The reality I'm staying up late for this so tomorrow I may stumble in at 10. Then the next day maybe 7. Then maybe 9. I worked this weekend and may not work next weekend. I stayed till 7:30 one day and left at 3:00 another day. The point is that I still feel like I can make my own schedule, as long as I navigate around some rush-hour traffic.

So there you have it, I am exploring new options for the first time in a while. Wait, I failed to mention that I am now helping out an organization called TCA (Tennessee Counselors Association) It's an interesting project and it will be some extra money for me. I only went for this because the design aspect is interesting and it doesn't hurt that it's that much closer to education.

Now you have it, that's all I've got. Maybe my next post will be about me rebranding as NathanWorking (I did do that already, sort of) maybe it will be about a ReDecidedU and how it questions college maybe it will be a lifestyle brand called Kunack. I don't know, I wish you could tell me.

Until next time.

Something Else

I keep thinking about different jobs. I don't think jobs is the right word, businesses is more fitting. What else could I do? What sort of industries could I jump into? What would I be doing right now if I didn't work for TPH? I keep asking myself these questions....

It blows my mind to hear about how people got to where they are. Not just hearing about the amazing things people do but what they end up turning away to do their "true passion".

I just spent a couple of days having important meetings and sharing stories with some of the most amazing group of people I have ever met. I just spent two days with TPH. I have mentioned them before. TPH is the company I currently work for. What do I do? I do Marketing. I handle marketing at TPH. There is a complicated answer but that's the simple one (ask me about the complicated one).

I want to be short. I think I could talk about this experience for a long time but I don't think I need to. The details are honestly only relevant to me. Mainly because they are special to me for a lot of reasons. Hockey. Family. Passion. Commitment. Not everyone likes hockey (you should if you don't though) and the the other small details are things that I personally prefer and enjoy. What I am writing about is me having this type of experience. An experience where I found something that "just fits".

What I love about these last two days is that it wasn't one of the options I had laid out in my mind and that's usually the case since it turns out I'm not so great at predicting my own future. What I was thinking was this: "Alright, I have to get it right. There's only a few possible options here. A, B, or C. I want A. I can live with B. I fear C." What happens: "the answer is 7"

So did I take a multiple choice test? No (I'm not in college remember?). The point I am trying to make is that the experience I had turned out to not even be on the same map as what I was thinking. I thought I would have some meeting and get an answer on some questions I had. Instead, I got an amazing look at what this company culture truly is and why it's a perfect fit for me.

Everything is about the experience for me. It just is. That's me. Take this for example, this writing right here. To a certain extent I am just talking to myself. If I had a more constant flow of a personal life I probably wouldn't type these up as often, but for now this is how it is. Right now, this is how it is. The point of this is that I can't really drive home my experience the last couple of days here. What I can tell you is that I certainly wouldn't waste my time writing about it if I thought it was a waste of time.

So Let's Dive In.

Finding a Fit

It blows my mind to hear about how people got to where they are. Not just hearing about the amazing things people do but what they end up turning away to do their "true passion". I just spent a couple of days having important meetings and sharing stories with some...

Working Weird: My Personal Workflow & Why I Want to Share it

Working Weird

Below I share with you a few things that either a part of my daily workflow, or they are a part of it. Also note that for me a "personal workflow" is not just how I work from 9-5. It's how I spend my entire day. I also don't work from 9-5.

My Football, a Perfect Time-waster

I have never loved football. Just not something that ever really sparked my interest. I find it less boring now, I understand why people like it, I don't care to watch any of the games. That's pretty simple. The thing I thought of is that, despite what it seems, I have my own football. It's called video games.

Now, yes I understand these are different in many ways. The reason why these are the same for me is because I realized videogames and football are both what I like to call "perfect time-wasters".

A perfect time-waster is something that let's me do a few things: Unwind, use my brain a bit, and most importantly not think about work. This may seem like an easy combination but it was tricky for me to find the solution. In High School I didn't play video games, the idea didn't occur to me until I had tried multiple solutions.

Football isn't my perfect time-waster mainly because I simply don't enjoy watching football. What I have found is that it is my Dad (and my others) perfect time-waster. Think about it. Sitting at home, grabbing some chips. End of the day. Relaxing and watching the game. Simple activity, many people do it. It just took me a while to find my Football.

Oreos in the Freezer

The Anderson family has always been pretty big on ice-cream. For as long as I could remember, trips to Oregon to see my Grandfather were always started off with us buying an insane amount of ice-cream and eating it all by the end of the week. It's always been something we've done.

Of course I have to keep the tradition going and have the occasional ice-cream to end my day. Oreos are a topping on my ice-cream sometimes. That's what I do with my Oreos, I put them on my ice-cream.

A few months ago Kurt (my dad) bought some Oreos and put them in the freezer. Not sure why, but that's where they went. I don't particularly like my Oreos frozen so I take them out and leave them out to thaw before having them with my ice-cream.

Pretty simple right? There is a problem here though.

The pack of Oreos in the freezer is mine. One is mine and one is for Kurt. Kurt likes his Oreos frozen and I don't. See the issue here?

I took a step back and thought about it today for the first time in months. Why don't I just not store the Oreos in the freezer? Pretty simple solution. Not difficult to figure out. Here's the thing I never did: I never even thought about it. Not once, not for a second, did I think about why those Oreos were in the Freezer.

The only reason I thought about it this today, was because I forced myself to back off of the Oreos, to let them thaw, then I totally forgot about them and found them hours later. When I saw them again I thought: Why not just take the bag out of the freezer? I found that walking away and looking at anything in a different light can be beneficial. In this case it was Oreos.

Part of my workflow is that I don't waste time obsessing over a project. Yes it needs to get done ASAP but that's every project. It needs to be done right and walking away for a couple of hours can be infinitely better than obsessing for days.

Truly Flexible Hours

The last portion of my workflow is time. Despite the new Knoxville office, I am confident in having similar flexible hours that I have now.

I get 8 hours of sleep, no matter what. That means I don't always get up at the same time. Right now, as I write, it is almost 12:30am. That means that I will probably sleep until 9:30. Depends on how long the rest of this is.

The biggest thing that I do is walk away. Sometimes I work from 10am-1pm then don't work again until 5pm-10pm. That's a 9 hour day. I also don't always work 9 hour days. Lot's needs to get done but working 24/7 has proved to be the most destructive thing I can do for my work.

Sharing my Workflow

I want to share this workflow to let people understand what my days truly look like. Working from home and jumping around on projects has it's advantages and disadvantages.

I have also been thinkg about starting a new site at NathanWorking.com that highlights this stuff. Not just what the workflow is but what it looks like. The Office, the computers, and even speak peaks at the work itself.

This could be my next weekend project.

Working Weird: My Personal Workflow & Why I Want to Share it

Working Weird: My Personal Workflow & Why I Want to Share it Working Weird Below I share with you a few things that either a part of my daily workflow, or they are a part of it. Also note that for me a "personal workflow" is not just how I...

Not Working

All of my posts are about work. Work has also been most of my life the last two years. After my recent 3 week (+ extra) post series for December, I headed off to Colorado for a bit of a vacation. I can work from anywhere, at anytime, so for me a vacation is half choice. Usually I choose work. This week I didn't, this week I looked into my personal life and found out I don't have one.

It is the end of the week and the end of the trip. I am in the car writing as Kurt finishes up the last leg of the longer day of driving. The week has been interesting for me to say the least. I think I now have a better grip on what I need to do to force myself into having a real personal life. Until this trip I don't think I realized this quite as much. I had work, play, and then the day is over. I recently pushed myself to relax more by working out, reading, and playing the occasional video game. What I am realizing is that sitting in a room by myself reading a book isn't much of a personal life and that's all I have besides work.

True Friends

I haven't had a true friend since I was in High School. I have truly stayed out of the loop in regards to any personal life. I do not exaggerate when I say that I have gone weeks at a time without leaving the house for any reason. For two months straight I only left the house to go to hockey once a week. No other reason. Food is delivered to the house daily, I scan checks on my phone, and I have no other need to leave the house.

I want to go back and explain what I mean by "true friend" I feel this changes from person to person. Here is what it is to me: Someone that is trying to look out for you, someone you get along with well, and most importantly someone you usually see and/or talk to. Now I say the last one because there are people in my life that first two statements. I know some great people, they are nice as ever, and I know they would help me out whenever they can. The thing I don't have is someone that I actually see and/or talk to everyday. Family is really all I have right now. That includes my immediate family and my work family.

Truthfully my boss/co-worker fits the description, the only conflict is that he is as older than my father and therefore isn't going to go out to the bars with me on the weekends. But what am I saying? I don't enjoy going out, especially not to bars. I honestly don't. I hate crowds, I really do. Sports games, dinners, meetups. I don't enjoy going downtown to do anything frankly. There are some niche things I have found myself to enjoy though. I have had fun with friends at hockey games. I have had fun going to a meetup that doesn't force me to deal with the crazy parking and hassle of going downtown to get there. I have also had fun going out to eat with groups of friends. I remember for our high school hockey team we always had team meals before each weekly game (courtesy of my now boss/co-worker) and those were always the best part of gameday. I always had a blast at dinner with all of those guys.

Wait, now what I have I done. I just said how much I dislike all these things when they are downtown and not with friends. With friends, they become nice events that I remember and look back on fondly. I think friends is the obvious key to this for me. I also think I dislike downtown.

Omar, the King of Doughnuts

So how did this trip truly spark this thought of friends, free time, and truly not working for me? The entire trip was significant for me. For the first time I found myself not making a list of what things I was going to accomplish while on my vacation. Typically that list dictated what I ended up doing with my days. The true thought provoking experience for me was Omar, the King of Doughnuts.

We started the week off in Denver, CO. We got to see my grandfather (Les) and visit him in his assisted living home. He is 88 now and not in perfect condition to say the least. These trips started simply as a reason to visit him. When we visited him on day one he mentioned that we should pick up some doughnuts from Dunkin Doughnuts tomorrow morning. We couldn't disagree with that. We found that the closest one wasn't too close though but we made the trip anyways. For the second day of doughnuts I decided to find a place closer to where we were staying. I found a place called "Doughnuts" using my phone, it was 2 miles away. Turns out that Doughnuts was much better than Dunkin Doughnuts (easy to do).

At the end of the week we returned to Denver to see Les again. We went out to Dinner and got delayed coming down the mountain by a lot of traffic. On our way to Dinner Les mentioned the Doughnuts to us again. He was raving about how great they were and how much we wanted us to pick up more in the morning. The problem was we needed to hit the road first thing in the morning because we had a 13 hour day of driving ahead of us.

By some chance the doughnut shop was open at 10:00pm after we had left dinner and it was on the way home. We go into the shop to find out they don't have Les's favorite, a glazed twist. Lucky for us they immediately offered to make on for us fresh on the spot. This only happened because it turned out that we were talking to Omar, the king of doughnuts and Doughnut Franchise Founder/Owner. Omar was quick to offer us fresh doughnuts for free and tell us about his other 3 stores in Colorado. Apparently Omar started the first store 8 years ago. Omar told us how much he struggled to get the first store off the ground.

We had a bit of time to kill since we were waiting on the doughnuts that were being made in the back. We talked about the new stores he was going to open and we told him about how we stopped by to get these doughnuts for Les, who loved these doughnuts and lived just a few minutes down the road. He then told us that he would gladly deliver doughnuts to Les anytime for free.

Now I don't know Omar. I don't know the entire story on his shop and what he has done to get where he is with it. None of this really matters though. What matters is what that short, 5 minute, conversation made me think about. Until that point I was fine with going back to the way things were for me. I work hard, play, eat, and sleep. Simple, easy, effective. Omar made me think of that second part though. Easy. Why was this easy? Work certainly isn't easy. Why was my personal life so easy? I spent part of the week hearing about how others personal lives were complicated and messy and difficult to deal with. I certainly don't want more complication in my life but it made me think. Why am I the exception? I am not. I wasn't doing anything. I wan't trying and guess what? Things tend to not be difficult when you don't try them.

New year, new challenges

Up until now I have never seen the reason for any new years resolutions. My thought has always been that if you find something to improve, do it. No need to wait until the beginning of a new year to do so. I still think that but I now see how helpful and refreshing the start of a new year can be and with that, some new challenges. Not something big like learning a new language but some simple things to improve your life. For me it's going to start with going out and simply being outside of the house. Working from a coffee shop, going to the park, attending local Meetups are all on my list.

My 3 Hopes

My hope is that my new years challenges will be actual challenges and get me started in the right direction. The only reason the things mentioned are considered challenges is because I simply don't do any of those things. I just don't.

My second hope is that I can continue to use this writing as a way to figure these things out. If anyone is reading this, congratulations on making it this far and I hope some of this made sense. As much as this helps me more than anything I fear that half of it doesn't quite make a whole lot of sense. I know I have changed my mind a few times in some paragraphs this time around.

My last hope is that as I go back home I don't become too comfortable with the avoidance of having a personal life. I truly haven't thought of these things this way until this trip and for that reason it has been a truly great trip.

Wrapping it up

To end everything I want to touch on why it is important for me to define my own "personal life" outside of what I have already. It comes down to one word: Lonly. I talk to people all the time about working a lot and being a home quite a bit. The phrase "I have no personal life" often comes up when I talk to people about this. The truth is I have never met someone that has said that and it was true. The fact is most people go out sometimes. They hangout with friends after work or hell, they at least see people at work. Everything is going to change for me very quickly though. I am confident in that.

I am confident about change not just because of my own challenges but because of some new work changes as well. Work for me has been my life and because of that, things I learn while working have been repeatedly applying to the rest of my life. Work more and more has been forcing me to look back the short term instead of just the long term. This includes looking at the month, week, and last day to determine what is working and what is not. This may seem obvious since I work on a lot of marketing. Why wouldn't I look at all of the data? The truth is I wasn't working on this much marketing a year ago and even when I started doing this work, it didn't occur to me that I should use the same approach for my own life.

The past evaluating that I have done on my life in the past has been focused on work. Same as my other blog posts. Same as all my previous thoughts. The difference now is that I look at everything, I now look at all the data.

The next question is just this: how do I get better?

My Vacation: Not Working, True Friends, Omar, Challenges, and Hopes

Not Working All of my posts are about work. Work has also been most of my life the last two years. After my recent 3 week (+ extra) post series for December, I headed off to Colorado for a bit of a vacation. I can work from anywhere, at anytime, so...

December 2014 at TPH // Week 3 + Extra

What happened this week? It seems like a blur and it just happened. How do you compare a "perfect week" to the craziness that was this week.

Obsessive Madness

This week started with one big new project. Not 100 projects like last week. Just one. This big project was basically a lot of planning. How do you set up social media schedules for so many accounts and keep up with all the necessary, regular updates? That was my big question for the week.

Just like any other project I took to my white boards first. I worked on my projects and walked away when I felt stuck with everything. The madness was that I worked on this same project for the entire week. Monday - Friday and I had no solution. I originally thought this would take one day, not one week.

After that I knew I wouldn't be taking the weekend off but I knew I couldn't work the whole time also. I took saturday morning off and started back up later in the afternoon. I made some progress then took another break. Later that night, around 12:00, I finally made major progress. The big "breakthrough" was really just me getting over this "being perfect". I wanted to be able to see all the schedules for everything and everyone but in reality that made things way too complicated. The solution was simple, slit everything up. Make it slightly more complicated to review.

Figuring out Step 2

The typical week was done. It took me a week and an extra day to find the solution to my latest social media issues. Now we just had to start the process.

I found myself with an amazing opportunity that I have never had before at TPH. I had found someone else at TPH that would embrace the software I use daily or to use other people's words: "My crazy nerdy programs".

I honestly don't have an issue with people at TPH not using my "crazy programs". It's not something that is really necessary when you are simply handing off work. I feel like the more we move forward the more that is the case. The biggest opportunity that these programs have is helping separate divisions within companies work together closer.

Up until now I have felt like I have been part of a division that starts and ends with me. Thats has been true for the most part. An example of this would be a new website. Plan the design, develop, test, market and done. That's sometimes four jobs. That's usually four jobs. For good reason too. I wouldn't consider myself much of a developer so I can't get too complicated with some of the designs and plans I create. Despite that, there has been no need for me to pass off or split up some of that work. Yes, it was possible but it simply wasn't necessary. I realized that with this new project, it was necessary.

Taking flight

Alright, one weeks worth of work and what is the conclusion? I can't do it alone. But my division is a division of one right? Not now! I mentioned an "amazing opportunity" earlier then abruptly steered away from it. This is what happens when you go from: "Scrambling on your own" to "Planning it with people".

The beginning of this was a notification that I was free to give this new team member, that had otherwise just been doing proofing work for me, some of my social media work I had now found out I couldn't do alone. Great news. Even better news was that this person happened to be just under a decades reach to me in age. Being 19, this doesn't happen much. What did that smaller age gap really mean for me? Crazy, nerdy, amazing, magical programs could come into play.

Just as I had predicted, and others at TPH told me, there was no hesitation in adapting to these new programs for the new team member. Just a quick "sure thing" and "let's do this" and we were on our way. The results happened quick. Some back and forth, lots of learning and teaching and in the end there was a Marketing department with more than one person in it. Woo!

Now, I say this with some hesitation. I by no means want to imply that I am the only one working on marketing materials. Nor would it be true to say that I don't receive any help. I guess the best way to put this is this: I haven't felt like I have had someone else to work with on the same tasks and at the same time.

The differences can be complicated but the obvious line would be that this new team member is definitely totally on board with my software and that's just something new in itself.

As for the work? It took off over the weekend. We went from zero to 30 (posts) and there was just a few speedbumps (mistakes) along the way.

Summing it up

Overall I would say that this week, just like this entire month, has been pretty unpredictable. I have had quite a few ups and downs over these few weeks. Going from "Everything is perfect" to "My head is going to explode" can be slightly stressful. The real thing that I take away from all of this is how much I truly enjoy working for this company.

Yes, you can say I am only 19. Yes, you can say that I really haven't worked for "tons" of companies, being 19 and all, but I truly think that this is a perfect fit for me. I thought that I would have would find my niche with the freelance game. I thought maybe then working for a Marketing Company could easily be my better fit.

Then I thought: what if I looked at this TPH work? The work I have been doing, on and off, for a year now. The thought never really occured to me to sit down and really analyze what my weeks were like and how they truly changed the many aspects of my life.

I somehow came to the conclusion that it needed to be done. For some reason I thought December of 2014 would be a month worth writing down. Who knows, maybe 2015 will be the same way.

All I know for sure right now is that I love my job.


That's what I did this month.

Finding out I love my job, one full year later

December 2014 at TPH // Week 3 + Extra What happened this week? It seems like a blur and it just happened. How do you compare a "perfect week" to the craziness that was this week. Obsessive Madness This week started with one big new project. Not 100 projects like last week....

December 2014 at TPH // Week 2

Last week started and ended with a lot of scrambling. Mostly me scrambling to figure out what needed to get done, not just doing the work. This week was different, in fact, this week was perfect.

This week was different:

I didn't start out the week with one entire day of scrambling to figure out what was the most important thing to start on. I had a list, I worked it, it was easy. Of course it isn't ever that easy and I make a lists every day. This week was different though.

Working less, to get more done:

The first thing I noticed about this week is that most of the work, was familiar. I had done that before, seen that situation, or had an identical problem come my way before. You know what? It's a bit easier to get things done when you've come across them before. Of course this wasn't the only thing that made this week easier. The other thing I did this week was work less, so I could get more done.

Working Whenever, Not Always:

I've seen it and heard about it for a while. Work less, be more productive and everything will be fine. It's an easy thing to say (or read). What clicked for me this week was the flow in which I switched from working to relaxing. Typically I try to get up at 8:30, get started with the day by 9:00 and work until about 7:00. The problem was that I was forcing this schedule when I didn't need to. At the beginning of 2014, yes that was what my schedule needed to be but everything is different now.

My initial reaction was to gut the entire schedule and try to "work whenever" It was working till 2:00AM and getting up at 11:00AM to start the day. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't better. The fix for me was a more structured in between.

This was my schedule last week:

  • 9:00AM // UP
  • 9:30AM // Working
  • 1:30PM // Lunch & Break
  • 3:00PM // Working
  • 6:00PM // Dinner & Brake
  • 8:00PM // Working
  • 10:00PM // Wrapping up the day! + Sleep

Not a bad work day! Is this a strict schedule that I follow exactly? Of course not. The difference between this and what I have done before is that I try to hit those hours. The surprise to me was how much more work ends up getting done with this loose structure in place.

100 Jobs, 100 Titles:

Now for the actual work that was done this week. It was the kind of work I've always wanted to do. Everything. I jumped from the job titles of a: Web Designer, PHP Developer, Print Designer, Social Media Marketer, Internet Data Analyst (Google that one), Email Marketer... The list seems endless.

The reality of all of these things is that 90% of the time, when you need even PHP work you hire a PHP Developer. When you need new Print Design, you hire a Print Designer. The reality for most companies is that they don't need what is considered a full on PHP Developer. I don't consider myself a "developer" because I don't claim to know "enough" about code like PHP to be able to write things from scratch. The reality is I was hired (by TPH and a company called WebMedley) to do such that. Be a developer.

There is work that needs to be done, even if it is simple. This is the third reason this week went so smoothly for me. I jumped around from job to job and none of it was boring! Any one thing this week would have been boring but I didn't have one thing, I had one-hundred.


That's what I did this week.

100 Jobs, 100 Titles, 1 Perfect Week

December 2014 at TPH // Week 2 Last week started and ended with a lot of scrambling. Mostly me scrambling to figure out what needed to get done, not just doing the work. This week was different, in fact, this week was perfect. This week was different: I didn't start out...

December 2014 at TPH // Week 1

It's Sunday night, well really it's Monday morning. My week 2 has started as I am writing this.

It's 1:15am and I just finished up a bit of work for TPH that officially wraps up the first week of December. I found myself a bit scattered and unable to get everything I wanted to get done as quickly as I wanted but the week turned out great.

What is hard to wrap my head around is that only week one is over. I feel like that just had to be longer than a week. It just had to be.

However it felt, the reality is that I am obviously now writing about December and how crazy this month is for me. I know that I am really just assuming that this month will be crazy, not actually having been in this situation before, but I am confident this will be a month worth writing about. If the rest of the month is anything like this last week, it will be a very interesting month.

I tend to "do it all" here at TPH, in terms of media, and not because I say "yes" to everything because believe me I don't. We simply don't have a: Web Designer, PHP Developer, Print Designer, Social Media Marketer, or the other tons of positions people to call me. Don't be mistaken, I wouldn't give myself all of those titles. I am mistakenly given those titles by people that don't know what true developers are and can't see that I am clearly not one. That is a topic for another day though, the point here is that I do more than just work on marketing.

With that being the case, what tends to happen is that I get to plan out what direction things go and what we're going to do next (love) but then I also have to go do the work to make that happen (don't love). The funny thing is a year ago the "work" that I don't enjoy so much now is exactly what got me hired in the first place.

This week forced me to sit down and do what I haven't done in a while. I had to work on the small things, the little edits, the last second calls. It's not terrible, I don't hate it, but I kept wanting to get back to my real work. The fun stuff: The planning, the analyzing, the improving. I also realized that I can't take an easy way out with the tough work. The work that isn't as fun, isn't as fun it's that simple. Would I do that type of work all the time? Absolutely I wouldn't. I don't think I ever could. That's why I am here, despite what it may sound like, I probably had only 50% of my week be the "boring" work. Honestly, I think the last few months have spoiled me if anything. I have been getting away with very little "boring" work and it's been great. I know that as I move on I can control some of it, but this week shocked me back into the reality that there is still plenty of work for me to do.

With the week officially over and new one starting, my thought for the week is this:

Why try and get around doing the work you know you have to do? Simply sit down, put one song on repeat, and plow through. Eventually you will be done with your work and you can get back to work.

That's what I did this week.

It's Sunday night, well really it's Monday morning. My week 2 has started as I am writing this.

It's 1:15am and I just finished up a bit of work for TPH that officially wraps up the first week of December. I found myself a bit scattered and unable to get everything I wanted to get done as quickly as I wanted but the week turned out great.

What is hard to wrap my head around is that only week one is over. I feel like that just had to be longer than a week. It just had to be.

However it felt, the reality is that I am obviously now writing about December and how crazy this month is for me. I know that I am really just assuming that this month will be crazy, not actually having been in this situation before, but I am confident this will be a month worth writing about. If the rest of the month is anything like this last week, it will be a very interesting month.

I tend to "do it all" here at TPH, in terms of media, and not because I say "yes" to everything because believe me I don't. We simply don't have a: Web Designer, PHP Developer, Print Designer, Social Media Marketer, or the other tons of positions people to call me. Don't be mistaken, I wouldn't give myself all of those titles. I am mistakenly given those titles by people that don't know what true developers are and can't see that I am clearly not one. That is a topic for another day though, the point here is that I do more than just work on marketing.

With that being the case, what tends to happen is that I get to plan out what direction things go and what we're going to do next (love) but then I also have to go do the work to make that happen (don't love). The funny thing is a year ago the "work" that I don't enjoy so much now is exactly what got me hired in the first place.

This week forced me to sit down and do what I haven't done in a while. I had to work on the small things, the little edits, the last second calls. It's not terrible, I don't hate it, but I kept wanting to get back to my real work. The fun stuff: The planning, the analyzing, the improving. I also realized that I can't take an easy way out with the tough work. The work that isn't as fun, isn't as fun it's that simple. Would I do that type of work all the time? Absolutely I wouldn't. I don't think I ever could. That's why I am here, despite what it may sound like, I probably had only 50% of my week be the "boring" work. Honestly, I think the last few months have spoiled me if anything. I have been getting away with very little "boring" work and it's been great. I know that as I move on I can control some of it, but this week shocked me back into the reality that there is still plenty of work for me to do.

With the week officially over and new one starting, my thought for the week is this:

Why try and get around doing the work you know you have to do? Simply sit down, put one song on repeat, and plow through. Eventually you will be done with your work and you can get back to work.

That's what I did this week.

When can I stop working so I can get back to work?

December 2014 at TPH // Week 1 It's Sunday night, well really it's Monday morning. My week 2 has started as I am writing this. It's 1:15am and I just finished up a bit of work for TPH that officially wraps up the first week of December. I found myself...

Last week was crazy. It was a break but a short one. It was calming but it wasn't.

At the end of the week I found myself looking for a "release". I wanted to have something that got my mind off of work and let me relax a little bit. The problem is I already had that and you're reading it.

The reason I haven't felt like writing has been working for me recently it because it wasn't. I wrote my first five months ago and it took me over five hours to write it. I wrote another post 10 days ago and it was short, quick, and it didn't help me as much. I think my best solution is going to be a good combination of both.

What I didn't expect was for these short, quick posts to help me as much as they have. To be honest they help me share what I am thinking and do nothing else. I don't try to motivate or inform. I just write down everything I am thinking. No errors because nothing can be wrong! My thought is that I need to separate this out from my other posts since I will write a lot of these and most likely the won't be what many people want to read.

I do there is some importance in me publishing this online and knowing that at least a few have read it. Personally it just makes it more real for me. It's like if I write it down and never publish it I might as well have never said anything.

I do a fair amount of thinking and reflecting on what I am doing and whether or not it's the right choice for me. I think the honest question is that I don't know for sure which things will work for me and which things won't until I try them.

I am looking forward to this being something new but it really being a combination of things that I know for a fact work for me.

I will also be writing some quick thanks you cards to 7 people this week courtesy of The Gramr Company (https://gramr.us/)

Looking for something I already had

Last week was crazy. It was a break but a short one. It was calming but it wasn't. At the end of the week I found myself looking for a "release". I wanted to have something that got my mind off of work and let me relax a little bit....

How did I think that this would be the same as it was before?

Just about a month ago I decided to go all-in with my work at TPH, a company I have been working with for a year now. What I thought would stay the same was the work itself. I thought: "Yes, I can finally get more things done, with extra time to spare" Well, that's not quite what happened..

The fact is that I was wrong. I was dead wrong, but that's not a bad thing. I assumed my work would stay the same. I feared that it would be worse. What I didn't take into consideration was that the work that I already loved would get better.

Take last week for example, I had the opportunity to meet with up with 3 other people at the company for one day and talk ideas. Something that I haven't been a part of in a few months and never like this. Sparing the details, it was fantastic! Now I am not just talking about the work. We worked, we got things done and that was fine. What was great was everything else. The people, the culture, and the experience were what made that significant to me and you know what? It's now going to a regular meeting for me.

I was dead wrong, but that's not a bad thing.

That was just one day though right? That was just one meeting and one good experience. Initially that was what I thought, then I ran into a problem.

I will admit this problem probably sidetracked me a bit more than it should have but there is no question it was something that needed to be figured out and guess what? I was the one to figure it out. When I finally found a solution fairly late on Thursday night, I was thrilled. I couldn't have been more excited. Here's the kicker: I still think I am the only one that knows about the new solution. I haven't gotten a chance to explain it to anyone or talk over the kinks that will inebiitably need to be worked out but despite all that, I am still ecstatic.

despite all that, I am still ecstatic

What I am really excited about is the problem this solution will solve, and that says more about what I think about this company than this specific problem. The fact is, this solution was just another item on my checklist (I create a daily checklist of tasks to accomplish). The reason this one got me more excited than the others is that it is truly something that will last. That is the most significant part for me. I don't care about the typical aspects of this. What I care about is that this will last.

What I care about is that this will last.

There is a reason that I mentioned I was working with TPH for the last year, but I didn't say I worked at TPH for the last year. There is reason behind that and as I won't go into all of the details, I will say that I don't think I am quite there yet. I also think TPH agrees with me and they feel the same way. Don't get me wrong, I know a lot and there is a lot I currently bring to the table. Sometimes it isn't enough. Sometimes it simply takes time to learn what you need to learn. It also takes timing, something I think I am close to as I am approaching a better time for all of this to workout in my favor.

I don't think I am quite there yet.

Let's be clear here on what is happening. I didn't have a goal to work full time at TPH. I didn't even think that was something that was possible a year ago. The reality is that this is what happened: I received an amazing opportunity to do some work with TPH a year ago. I then had the opportunity to keep going and grow into new opportunities that have been presenting themselves just since I started helping out.

It is safe to say that I would be completely lost if you threw me into my current position a year ago. I started work with TPH at age 18 and I knew much less then than I do now. Of course, it's not over. I am confident that, with this new solution I have found, I am by no means finished with my growth at TPH.

-- Pitskunack

Growing, one year at a time.

How did I think that this would be the same as it was before? Just about a month ago I decided to go all-in with my work at TPH, a company I have been working with for a year now. What I thought would stay the same was the work...

Quick notes from me

I have never written like this before.

Late at night, Thursday night in my office. No brain storming, no big story to tell. Simply me writing down my thoughts, live.

I also want to say that, while I greatly appriciate the fact that you are taking the time to read this, I would love for you to be the first person to give me some real feedback on any of my writing. Again, the fact that you are reading at all (and hopefully continue) is greatly appriciated.

The Decision

I recently decided to leave one company and go all-in at another. The thing is that I now find myself simply not doing the one thing that will make this a switch. It will officially move me over and I will be all in.

I do not think I am wrong. I do not regret my decision. I do, however, find myself not moving forward with this.

There is no reason for me to not do this. In reality this is a small task. Not much to it. Not much work. Not much time. But it is me juming all the way in.

I think at this point, with this move, I have gone almost an opposite direction from what I set out to do just a year ago. I wanted to work, but just for me. I wanted to work for companies, but not jsut one and not just two. I wanted to have my own compnay and know what I would be able to work on my own projects when I wanted to and then jump back into other companies projects later.

What I have lied to myslef about was that this new move, this new company, this new work life would be the same. I lied and said that I could control the workflow, projects, and still be able to work on my own projects and launch a company or two whenever I wanted.

The Reality

The reality of all of this is that I was wrong a year ago. I have now seen and experienced first hand what it would be like to run the type of company I wanted a year ago. The clients, the workload, the employees. Even with everything off the ground and a solid client base, it's just not the right situation for me.

The other reality is that, while I am only just now realizing this, I would much rather work with people than be going in solo.

This difference has been complicated for me. While I do still do the nitty-gritty work myself, in my home office, alone. I don't really work alone anymore. A year ago, if I had a new job it was an easy process: I meet with the client, I figured out the design, I built the site, then I presented the site to the client. Today, the process is more messy, more difficult, and more time consuming. It's also more fun.

Today, when there is a new project I stil do the same general process and I do it alone. The big difference today is what happends when something goes wrong.

Going Wrong

About 8 months ago, I was working on a new project for the company I am now exclusivly working with. This was the first major project I had with them and it was a big deal for the company. The work went great, the feedback was good, and then we sent out a marketing email to thousends of people. Here was the problem with that email: it had no link. No link to this big new project we spent the last month on.

This was a big mistake. Not only that, this was my big mistake.

Here's what heppend though. We regrouped, found a solution, and put something else in place to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

The first big difference here in how this compnay hadled a mistake compared to everyone else, is that they didn't fire me. I would have been gone in a second if that was simply one of my clients.
The second, and more important difference, is that I used the word "we" when describing the mistake. The reason for that is because it wassn't thought of as my mistake. It was ours and we fixed it.

Reflecting

Thinking about my last year of work, I also can't help but notice a common theme. For this entire last year, I have had no clue what was around the corner. Despite that, I always felt like I was ready for what was around the corner. I didn't feel like I had much room to fall, so jumping in was never a risk.

I think risk is the real difference here. I realize that, despite the fact that I think everything will work out, the risk is there now and I've never really felt like it was there before.

Doing Something

The fact is, I won't know if I've made the right decsion for a while. I won't know until we have a big meeting early next year and actually dicuss this in detial with the right people. That adds a different element to this becuase I am jumping in, yet it's not an "official" jump for another few months.

Despite all of this, despite the not knowing, big questions, and risk, I am ready to jump in. There is no reason to not jump, so here I go. Jumping in.

Jumping In

Quick notes from me I have never written like this before. Late at night, Thursday night in my office. No brain storming, no big story to tell. Simply me writing down my thoughts, live. I also want to say that, while I greatly appriciate the fact that you are taking...