I’ve been thinking about progression and process for the past few days. Some people would simply like to get to their goals and get results as quickly as possible; others savor the journey towards the goals. I’m not saying a person can be exclusively one or the other, of course. However, there are milestones in every process and to be able to show progress, we have to be able to say, “Look, I’ve accomplished such-and-such so far” or “This is what I’m currently doing.”
Basically this entry is about how I am so far.
WORK-WISE: I’m coming up for review at my job, and my immediate supervisor has said she’ll recommend I get regularized. However, she has also asked me to start sending weekly accomplishment reports and to show her my timetable and plans for the projects I’m handling. Apparently, they’ve been expecting things to move along faster than they have been, and since most of the developments have been in the back end of things rather than on display, externally it looks like I’m not getting any work done. 🙁 In this case, it’s truly important for me to show those results as soon as possible.
It’s been a process of adjustment over the past six months, and I’m still having trouble being just on the administrative side of things. I’m a very hands-on kind of person (I’m a kinesthetic learner) and it’s hard for me not to want to do it all myself or at least demonstrate how it’s done. Because the people I administer on these projects are not physically in the office, it’s hard for me to keep tabs on what they’re doing or how they’re progressing. All I have are emails and text messages and sometimes they don’t get back to me for weeks! Le sigh…
PLAY-WISE: If only work were more like play, eh? Then I’d be doing more work, and enjoying it. I’m referring to my burgeoning sideline as a BodyBalance instructor. So far I’ve done four classes team-teaching, and I’m reasonably
overconfident that I can handle covering a class or two sometime soon. Right now I’m enjoying getting familiar with teaching the program and becoming/being an instructor instead of just acting like one.
I find that the more I do classes (whether as instructor or participant), the easier it is for me to verbalize instructions and show how it’s done. Technique and choreography issues also get worked out in the process. I’m feeling very good about this.
POLITICS-WISE: I’ve basically become very blase when it comes to Philippine politics (I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to vote in the upcoming elections), but a friend of mine is working with Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan’s re-election campaign. Now as most people should know by now, Sen. Kiko is running as an independent, and so they’re using innovative ways to campaign. One of these is an online reality series called “K! Tubed“, which shows the senator on the campaign trail and at home. Interesting concept, really. I hope I start caring about who runs this country soon…
I just want things to get better. Getting all of these written down helps me get a clearer picture of where I am, and I know there’s still a-ways to go.