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Immersed in work, and missing out on everything else

After 2 years working on a data conversion and software implementation project, I’ve finally started to get caught up on a few things.  The past 5-6 months have been particularly intense, and during our go-live weekend I spent something like 50 hours straight at my office.  Now that it’s behind me, I’m glad it’s done and the project was a success, but as I took stock at what I’d missed out on, I realized how much I had let other things slide.  I was 6 weeks behind in reading the daily e-mails from SQL Server Central, and I had somewhere north of 600 unread blog items in my Google Reader.  Even more importantly, I practically dismissed blogging and forum participation, two activities that I enjoy and have helped me establish a decent reputation in the SQL Server community.  I allowed myself to get too busy doing my job to make sure I stayed good at my job.


So how do I keep this from happening again?  First, the past week of doing little more than playing catch-up has educated me in the importance of keeping up with the little things, like reading blog posts and composing same; suffice it to say that this was a lesson learned.  Next and most importantly, I have developed a plan (more on that in a later post) that will not only ensure that I return to a level of participation that I am comfortable with, but will help me to push myself to be even more involved in the SQL community.


On a mostly unrelated note, this will be my first blog post using Windows Live Writer.  I had been using the web interface at SSC which worked well but lacked a few features (offline composition, real-time spell check).  We’ll see how this goes…

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Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over thirteen years of data management experience. He is the founder and principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at @Tim_Mitchell.


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