I don’t know if I had a good day anymore
February 7, 2018
Just over a month ago I started a new job. After over a decade as a programmer, I’m now managing programmers at Bugaboo.
And now I don’t know if I had a good day anymore.
I first verbalized this in a discussion last week with my wife.
Me: How was your day? Her: Busy, but I made progress with [something related to opening a new South American bank account]. Her: How was your day? Me: ... I don't know.
I used to gauge my day by my productivity. “I fixed three bugs” or “I wrote a new logging module.” Or some other quasi-tangible measure of productivity.
Now my job is talking to people, and thinking.
Any output I produce happens on the scale of weeks or months (“I re-organized the department to improve efficiency”), not hours or days.
The transition is a challenge for me. That’s not to say a negative one, but it’s one I hadn’t thought of before starting the position.
It makes me wonder how others gauge productivity on a day-to-day basis. How do writers, doctors, or teachers know if they had a productive day? And if productivity isn’t objective (perhaps in the case of a university professor), or clearly positive (perhaps a failed experiment), how does one determine if they had a “good” day, objective productivity not withstanding?
How do you know if you had a good day in your work? I’d love to read your comments.
When did you last throw away unmerged work?
The last time you deleted or closed some unfinished work, what lead to that situation?
How clear is your product vision?
On a scale of 1 to "1000 songs in your pocket", how strong is your product vision?