Performance review

I got my performance review at work this afternoon and it was my best review in 3 years. I was pleased. My boss is like one of those teachers who never gives A’s and even pleasing him a little often requires a great deal of work. But he seemed genuinely happy with my work this year and that pleased me.

What pleased me even more was that it was a good review, despite my philosophy of limiting my work hours to a 40 hour week (with very rare exceptions). In some sense, it means that I have managed somewhat successfully to learn how to do well in my job without my job becoming my life.

I got a decent raise along with the review, but that means that least to me. I never see it. It all gets added to my retirement so I don’t have to pay taxes on it. My net pay will stay the same.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.