Seeing with a new perspective
Sitting down to write this post has turned out the be the most difficult task this first week of school. So, despite my strong desire not to start with the standard introduction of myself, I find it my last resort. I'm a Nutrition Science major with a scientific and technical communications minor. After graduating I plan on attending law school with a focus on corporate law. One of my favorite ways to spend time is, actually, working. I work for a communications coaching and consulting firm in downtown Minneapolis and my time spent there has proven to be infinitely valuable.
As for my technological experience, it began when I was really young, maybe 2nd or 3rd grade. Ever since the beginning I taught myself through trial and error, always keeping in mind that there was almost nothing I could do that could not be fixed later. Today, I handle all of the IT support for my company including server and webpage maintenance and still continue to learn new things everyday. I try to keep up with as much Web 2.0 material as possible but find it becoming increasingly more difficult as new applications are appearing at a faster pace. I am familiar with and use many applications such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, Gmail, etc.
I found the readings really interesting and thought that they provided me with a new perspective I have neglected to notice in the past. I really wanted to discuss the ideas of busy and bursty work as I found them somewhat perplexing. Just from my experience in the corporate world I do feel like we are making somewhat of a shift to bursty work but busy obviously still takes precedence. With technology being what it is today including email, texting, blackberrys, etc. there is no real way to escape work. This forces a bursty style on all professionals but coincidentally it seems that this shift is fueled by the busy nature of the corporate world, as referred to in Connect!. I don't believe that it would be possible for the most successful people to be what they are today if they worked only in a bursty style and Zelenka seems to agree with this. I feel that it is impossible to complete everything that needs to be completed with a bursty style of work. Many projects actually will require complete concentration and I don't feel that a bursty style is conducive to that. Just in my own personal experience, while reading the chapter I could easily pick which colleagues and clients fell into which work style. It seems that the ones with the least amount of stress and the most success are the ones who tend to have a more busy than bursty style. I do not feel that bursty is bad but rather works best in conjunction with busy. Perhaps this understanding will help me discover what works best for me.