I‘ve had bad bosses. Like the coke-head years ago in the lumber yard. And the sawed-off titan in that software slavepit. Yeah, had some bad ones.
But the one I have now sucks.
He bothers me in my free time, often when I’m very tired, making demands and tossing assignments. He’ll remind me that I’ve got pieces to finish, twice-a-week deadlines, and shame me into working (muttering under my breath all the way). He really pisses me off.
And that boss, of course, is me.
I’m the guy who decided that I need to generate twice-a-week blog postings (because random ‘whenever’ postings lose readership – everyone gets tired of looking to see if you’ve done anything new. And I also decided that I’d blog every ops session I went to. This was especially grueling this weekend, when we drove thirteen hours, ran trains for four, limped back to the hotel, and then I had to write and post up my piece.
But that’s the thing. If you are going to write, you are never going to find that happy creative time you dream of. You will be tired, not in the mood, or just distracted by other things. A good book (someone else’s) would be so nice to curl up around. There is something fun to watch on TV. Whatever. But you’ve got that self imposed deadline to meet.
So, what sort of boss do you work for – the ramrod stiff bastard who holds you to a tight milestone?
Or the slacker who allows you to slip and slide and not produce?
Which do you want to work for, and which will bring you that elusive success?
I know which one I work for. I’m tired right now yet I’m setting this up for the next deadline.