The TDot Experiment*: Day One-Eighty

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Today was my first day at work after three full months with my firm.

Is it a bad thing to say it feels longer? Generally, yes, but I mean it in the best way possible. I was caught up in training for the first month and then there were Christmas holidays just a month after I joined. We have been super busy so it feels like I’ve squeezed in so much work in the past two months.

Today, I was able to work on a variety of projects and that makes a good day for me. In addition to wrapping up a month-long project on which I was lead, it was a diverse day with financial reports to be edited and a presentation to be created. I did some billing and it always soothes me to work with the system that works like a well-oiled machine.

During training, I learned about my company from a branding perspective. I’m not sure to what extent the other new hires get indoctrinated with the meaning behind the firm’s visual identity but I thought it was a brilliant introduction to the company that has made me a loyal fan–I considered decorating my apartment in company colours and I certainly want an umbrella that evokes the company! And at times when I want to give up, say to myself, “This is good enough,” I repeat the company’s tagline to myself and forge on. It is because the tagline succinctly captures what I’ve been drilled all my life to believe and strive for: Quality in Everything We Do. I want to embody that in everything I do at work, and then have that trickle into my personal life.

And to mark the beginning of a new “quarter”, today was filled with learning and paying it forward. I learned new tips and tricks about the software we use that makes me more productive and feel like I’m beginning to be a power user. I learned more about the “theory” behind our enterprise systems from another colleague which increasingly puts into perspective the whole process and the part we play. I feel I work pretty independently for the length of time I have been with firm. And then I “paid it forward” when I gave tips to another colleague. It was a good day.

******** This is a blog series complementing my regular blog posts with the original idea was to share our parallel lives, NPY’s and mine, while I’m in Toronto and he’s in Vancouver, 3,400 km away. For me, it’s been pretty fun because I’m this long-time blogger and enjoy repackaging parts of my life in “blog bites”. It’s been more difficult for NPY who hasn’t experienced a change in scenery (although I do not think it is necessary) so I’ll be continuing this with just my photos. I might have something every day. I might not.

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