Choices: a blog post 2

Making choices is an everyday thing, we are always faced with minuscule choices and sometimes major ones but not as often as choosing what to have for lunch.

For instance, today I made the choice to work on my fruit bowl instead of my pitcher in ceramics. It was a load of fun by the way too, ceramics is an awesome hobby that everyone should get in to.

I’m making the choice right now to work on this blog post over my actual work, probably because I have nothing to do tonight because my game isn’t working.

One of my most recent major decisions was the time I spent deciding whether or not I wanted to be a web developer or web designer. I ended up changing majors to designer and I am really excited to get started on it as soon as possible.

This major decision has just changed the course of my life. I knew it would and I had to spent time thinking about it. Because of this decision I will be gearing my job search more towards design and jobs that require me to use my skills in the different Adobe programs rather than my skills (or lack thereof) in PHP and JavaScript.


Positive Attitude: a blog post

It’s very important that we keep a positive attitude in everything we do.

That would be a very hard  thing to do, I know it might seem like I’m joking when I go down the “this one bad thing I have done pretty much means I will never get anywhere in life” monologue/path/speech/flip-out. It’s the domino effect based on one tiny thing and that’s what not having a positive attitude can do with you.

Not just in the web world, but using the web world as an example, we can lead ourselves down a path that never ends to bad choices.

If we decide that because we spent too long trying to fix one thing, that we have no more time to work on the rest of the site we will then give up. When we give up, what will tell our boss? Our client? That’s the fastest way to lose a job.

If you would have just kept a positive attitude and tried your hardest you could at least give them a site that is more completed that it would be if you gave up right then and there.

Besides, negative people are no fun to be around especially if they spend A LOT of time being negative.

Honesty & Integrity: a blog post

If I want to be completely honest with you guys right off the bat, I’m going to tell you that the word integrity slips my mind.

I am not sure what it means and I had to look it up which is  really embarrassing because it pretty much means the same thing as honesty. This is interesting to read if you have  read my last posts. I am blogging about my feelings…no seriously I have become a feelings blogger.

No need to fear, I can be honest with you again and tell you I am just doing this for the sake of the post.

But, getting back to topic, if you are not honest with your team and/or fellow coworkers you will get no where. If you tell someone that you like their design idea and you really don’t or you see a flaw with it that will cause them trouble and don’t alert them to it you are going to be causing  this person a lot of wasted time and effort for them to figure out on their own.

Also, that was just an opinion. Think about facts also! If someone were to tell you the big meeting was tomorrow when it is really today at one…and they knew and they told you it was the next day to make you look bad? How would that feel?

Pretty bad.

It’s a two way street, this honesty thing, the idea that if you are honest with other people they would be honest with you as well. It’s sort of an unconscious thing. It’s easy to pick up on when someone is being honest or dishonest.

Also, if you’re caught it destroys any trust they have in you. The person will probably even go as far as to refuse to work on a project with you…depending on the situation, of course.

I’ll wrap this up with, come on. Seriously? You have to think about whether to be honest or not? You don’t even have to be brutal with it, just edge around the words if you really need to.

It’s just sort of common sense.

Communication: a blog post

Communication is key…or so we’re told.

But no, really! Communication is key to getting things across.

This is not very good to hear if you are like me and you have an introvert personality. Avoiding social situations? The best there is! Avoiding social situations that make or break whether I have a job or not?

Well…I’m actually pretty okay with those. Again, really!

I can dread it for days, yes, but when it comes down to it I can have a very professional air about myself if I try hard enough.

Now where does communication fall into all of this?

In a company, you must be able to communicate change. Recently, we worked on a group project.

Sometimes I was terrible at conveying my opinion. Even though it was established that we would be able to say anything we wanted I still caught my tongue at the idea of displeasing everyone!

It’s a curse but sometimes it helps…

In what way? Well, I am able to be a wallflower for the most part but it also gives me time to think and to carefully put my opinion together.

If everyone is bouncing ideas off each other and it comes down to one person and I haven’t said a word? Who do you think gets to be the deciding vote?

It can be fun to not be good at communicating but at the same it’s best to be able to.

As the other side, I’m not so sure having an opinion on everything is the best idea.

But that’s just my opinion.

Anger Management: a blog post

Unlike the last two professionalism blog posts, I do not need to look up the definition of this topic. Not only is it self explanatory…but I have first hand experience in anger management.

It’s sad to say but, yes, this joker has an anger problem. Not quite like the batman universe Joker, but you get the point. It’s hard to deal with anger, especially in a public setting and even more so in a professional setting.

If I personally get angry about something at home I get a headache and can not deal with anything else until the problem is either solved right then or I am at a point where I can stop and pick it up some other time. Most of the time, the latter wins and I end up sitting at a problem, fuming, with no way to fix it. Now, at home, a few expletives might be spoken and I might type a little harder…but in public is a completely different story.

It is not appropriate to get as angry as I do at home in a public setting like school or work. My co-workers do not believe I have trouble dealing with my anger, some even believe I can’t get angry at all! This is because a whole new form of anger comes out in these settings.

I might joke a little more or become a little more excessive in my hand movements. I usually just mutter to myself about “Why won’t this work?!” or “What’s happening??? Ughh!”

While I am still working to make it to a point where I don’t even do this and I can calmly look at a problem and study it carefully, I am still stuck in a state of, “I know it’s wrong to get to my usual point of anger in public…but right now there is nothing I can do besides suppress it.”

Getting to my main point, it is very unprofessional to get really angry and can even cause problems if you get to a cursing kind of point. Nobody wants to hire someone who has a problem like this because what if they blow up in front of a client? What will it say about the company?

Getting angry also messes with your head on some level. You are too busy being angry at the idea that there is a problem and you have to fix it now that you can’t think straight or you can’t find it easily. If you can get to a point where you can clear your mind you will get done a lot faster.

It may not seem like the few seconds it takes you to have a small mental exclamation point of anger is a lot, but in the end it can add up depending on how often and how easily you can get angry.

To put it simply: Getting angry makes it hard to think, I often refer to my anger episodes as “seeing red” because I’m too busy seeing the anger to see the problem. It can also give you and any company you look for a bad image if you are not careful enough. It is good to talk to someone if you have an anger problem as well, it really does help and, another note, it is not good to suppress anger. It’s best to come up with a method to calm yourself down instead of shoving it to the side because you might end up snapping at someone who had nothing to do with it in the first place!

Compassion: a blog post

I also had to look up what the word Compassion means for this month’s blog post.

Compassion (noun) – the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.

Compassion in a general world wide sense would be as if you felt this feeling for a child coming from a poor family and donated money to help them have a better life or donated clothes and toys directly to the child.

In the sense of a web developer and designer, compassion could be if you felt compassion towards the idea that a fellow designer you know or in the same company was working on a site and either didn’t know how to do something or was rushing to finish something big and you helped them out a little bit.

Compassion is probably the hardest word I have had to do for these blog posts, as I do not entirely see situations in my head that have to do with design that would be described using the word compassion.

Another situation I can think of that is indirectly connected to compassion AND developing for the web would be if a developer made a site that’s purpose was to help raise money for a charity. But like I said, that is very indirectly connected.

Goal Setting: a blog post

Many people described as organized might keep a daily schedule, mainly, to keep themselves on track to make sure they get certain goals done each day. From finishing their home work to making it to an appointment on the right time and even day. I fondly remember how many times I tried (and ultimately failed) to keep myself on track by keeping a short goal list. Mostly this is for home work and while I can get home work done on my own without the need for a list it still feels accomplishing to cross off a thing on a list.

Sometimes we set goals to keep better track of how we are doing on time. At work I have a list of things in my head, or goals, I need to accomplish before I’ll be allowed to leave when I’m supposed to. This list helps me keep track of time management. In this class I have laps, as everyone else does, to make sure I am on track to finishing the assignments I am given.

In the field of Web Design and Development it won’t just be handy it might even be a necessity to keep a planner or just a notepad what you need to accomplish handy. Nothing would be worse than reaching the deadline day and not being even remotely finished! The reward might be as simple as it is with the laps: if you finish then you don’t have homework or you don’t have to work over time. Mainly, goal setting is an excellent way to keep a close eye on how much you are doing and possibly how fast you are doing it. It is essential to daily life and it is more than essential to the field of Web Design.

Even though I can’t keep a planner or a goal list to save my life, I’m pretty sure I’ll try a thousand times harder to keep one when I get out there and deadlines mean whether or not I keep my job.