A day in the life: 9 – 11 AM

After posting my update, I debate in my head whether I should include the joke Karen told me in the post. I included it originally but ultimately decide to remove the joke not because it was not funny, but because I’m not sure Karen would want me attributing that joke to her.

I hear from Lisa in IM and chat with her briefly. Then it’s back to data configuration.

I’m moving along well and finish up the data configuration. I start to test and immediately run into some problems, which take me several minutes to troubleshoot. In the meantime, the clock is ticking and I am beginning to feel the pressure. The class is only a few hours away and I need to have this and the documentation done in time for the class. I decide to punt on the documentation; I will complete it later and send it out to people on Monday. Instead I focus on making sure I have what I need for the training today.

I finally get things sorted out and note two more minor bugs. I have about 45 minutes to correct them if I want to have some time for lunch. I decide to take a breath and update the blog, and then come back and do the fixes.

But the pressure is on!

About 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 Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.