# Friday, November 18, 2011

Some days, weeks, and months are busier than others. This past 21 days have been hectic. Here’s a quick recap:

On Saturday October 29, I spoke at the Ann Arbor Day of .NET. the following day, I flew to Las Vegas to attend DevConnections, where I mostly absorbed knowledge from smart people, but also facilitated an open spaces discussion on managing user groups. I returned home from DevConnections Friday November 4 and spoke the next morning at 1DevDayDetroit. Thursday November 10, I presented at the Southeast Michigan SQL Server User Group. The next week was even busier: I spoke at the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group Tuesday and at the Detroit Area FoxPro User Group Thursday; and I hosted Glenn Block while he was in town to speak at the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group (which I hosted) and a presentation at Domino’s Pizza Headquarters (which I arranged).

So there it is: In 21 days, I presented at 3 users groups and 3 conferences; hosted an out-of-town speaker; ran a user group meeting; arranged a Lunch and Learn for a vendor; facilitated an open space session; and attended a 4-day conference. This, in addition to my day job. And my family. And my sleep.

Although I love participating in the community, I generally try to pace myself better than this. The dangers of overextending are I may do a mediocre or poor job on some or all of these commitments; I may neglect my day job as I spend excessive time and energy on my community commitments; my health may suffer due to lack of sleep; I may be come overwhelmed and start thrashing because I don’t know which of the many open tasks I should start. Obviously, these are all bad things that can result from a good thing (community involvement). But if one successfully pulls off a hectic stretch of 3 weeks, the feeling of relief and accomplishment is considerable. That’s where I am now. But I could sure use a nap.

Friday, November 18, 2011 5:23:28 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
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