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Re: common time-management mistake: rack & stack
From: "Justin M. Streiner" <streiner () cluebyfour org>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:13:22 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 17 Feb 2012, Brandon Butterworth wrote:

It's not a waste, it's therapeutic, breaks the monotony of a desk
job, you get a bit of exercise. Doing something mindless can help
clear your thoughts, engineering yoga.

Definite +1 here. I got my start in this profession 15-ish years ago at a mid-sized regional ISP. The company was small enough, in terms of its work force, that that I interviewed with the CEO for what was largely an IT position. As a result, many people in the organization wore lots of different hats. It wasn't to the point of having accountants pull cable or IT guys doing the books, but I did spend a lot of time doing rack-and-stack work. I didn't (and still don't) mind rack-and-stack, pulling cable, etc. As others have said, it's a good, therapeutic diversion from staring at a screen and attending meetings ;)

Another good reason for getting out into the field. When you're the person who defines technical deployment standards for an organization, it gives you an opportunity to verify that work is being done to those standards.

That'd be a good idea, it's too easy to become remote from reality.
obviously you need the right balance - s/big//

I'm sure if the ISP I got my start with 15-ish years ago was much bigger, I
would not have interviewed with the CEO, but at that time, it was the right
fit for that organization.

jms


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