So here we are again, folks. The end of another year, and
the beginning of those damnable year-end retrospectives. Best entertainers of
2010. Top songs of 2010. Best new words
of 2010 (refudiate anyone?). And, while
I lament this annual cultural exercise, I reluctantly admit that there’s value
in it. These lists are a snapshot in time. They tell us who we were as a people,
what we valued and what we produced in this particular slice of zeitgeist.
So, dear reader, what were your greatest hits of 2010? What
were your greatest accomplishments at work? Did you meet all of your goals? Did
you exceed them?
Here’s what I’d like you to do. Sit down and create a few
categories for yourself. Feel free to have some fun with it. You might come up
with something like this:
Replaced that dodgy backup server and
implemented a solid offsite tape rotation plan
Negotiated a killer price of the new GB
switches, and upgraded the entire network
Got the CRM back up within an hour after the
motherboard mysteriously toasted
Used a data recovery tool to get back 90 percent
of the CEO’s data when his hard drive dumped AND HE HAD NOT BEEN STORING THE
DATA IN A LOCATION THAT WAS BEING BACKED UP. Seriously, does anyone listen to
Going through this exercise can be fun, and most of all,
enlightening. It works for an individual or a team. In fact, it can be a good team-building
exercise. This info also comes in handy during your annual review. You’ll have
this stuff at your fingertips, and can sing your praises readily. For job seekers, having a category like Best
Crisis Moments gets you ready for those questions that start out, "Tell me
about a time in your career when youÂ¿"
Once you’re done with the year-end retrospective, do the
next culturally sappy thing. Make resolutions to keep track of the items on
your list next year. Do it on a monthly or even weekly basis, so that you can
compile your year-end list a little easier next time. (See previous paragraph for the ROI.) And,
keep your lists from year to year so that you can do the granddaddy of look-back
lists, the decade in review.
For you programmers out there, put a little recursion in the
process, and add the making of your "best of" list as one of the
items – on the list.
Broadus is a tech professional living in the Pacific Northwest