What Are We Doing? – G.I.G.O.

I want to help the industry I am part of with several items I see a lot of in the IT industry. This series is entitled:

What Are We Doing?

   As we progress through these articles, I encourage you to post input or topic suggestions or problems that you may experience so we can improve our industry as a whole together.

Continuing on, this week’s topic will be:


  You may have heard this acronym in a programming class, Garbage In Garbage Out. However, I would like to show this as it relates to your mind and body with your work.

   In IT we tend to be put under the gun a little bit. So when we are fixing and issue or updating applications or working overnight on an upgrade, here comes the pizza or here are some donuts and more coffee or Red Bull. We drive ourselves or others drive us to finish the tasks at hand or complete the upgrade successfully. But at what cost?

   If we put high carb food into our bodies or high sugar content food consistently into our bodies we can run for a little bit, then about 4 AM, the sugar crash comes and you run out of steam.  Or the coffee just isn’t doing the trick and the Red Bull has worn off and you have fallen off the ceiling.

   Also, G.I.G.O. relates to your attitude of what you are putting into your mind. If you look at things as hurdles and complain about the task you need to accomplish, that doesn’t give you a good mindset to get things going. Sometimes these type of things can be the snide remarks and ridicule of people or situations on the project. Complaining does no one any good. If we are employed, we are doing much better than millions of people that are not employed and have nothing.

  As Zig Ziglar would say; “We don’t have to love what we have to do.”  We just need to have the discipline and fortitude to get through it and accomplish the overall task. Saying no to the Krispy Kreme donuts may be hard but the discipline will pay off when your cholesterol count is lower and your down 5 pounds. Less complaining may be hard to do at first, but the discipline you gain while not complaining makes you the person people want to be around. An encourager.

   Life will throw set back at you when you least expect it. If we are in IT, we should be used to this scenario. We plan for the what if. However, we do not need to live in the What if, negative view. Note previous article about questions. We can plan for positive outcomes and positive accomplishments of tasks. Sometimes we just need to keep “reminding” people about the opportunity of putting in Good things into your mind, your planning and your attitude toward the tasks.

   So what are we doing? Are we making the effort to empty out trash, put Good thoughts, ideas, action and beliefs into our project plans and ourselves? How will positive attitude affect you and your team in looking at the future projects you have? With the year-end coming, we can achieve a lot and keep a Positive Perspective on our objectives.

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