First week down! I never use exclamation points—seriously, check pretty much all of my previous posts—so you know this is a big deal. I’ve enjoyed this week at Marginal Revolution University immensely, and I can’t wait to see what this position holds for me. I’m working remotely right now, so things are a little odd. I start in the office August 5. Here we go.
Sticking to the template this week.
One cool thing I learned at work:
How to navigate our surreally complex Trello system. I’ve never used Trello, so maybe it’s par for the course, but to me, it’s almost overwhelming. Dozens of boards, each with dozens of sections, and each section with dozens of cards, held together in a barely-coherent chaos. Somehow, everything still gets done.
One cool thing I learned outside of work:
My favorite saint is St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk Indian (not Native American) who converted to Catholicism and devoted her life to God before her untimely death at 24. She was an inspiring and holy young woman. Also, as I learned today, her last name means She Who Bumps Into Things. Hilarious.
One example of how I created value at work last week:
Most of last week was training, which means full days of meetings. Lame, but necessary. The biggest thing I did was familiarize myself with a bunch of stuff I’m going to need to understand soon—Premiere, Photoshop, various social media management services, and a host of other pieces of software. The other most valuable thing I did is…
What project I’m currently working on at my BP:
I am now in charge of the MRU Twitter feed. I must write and schedule tweets for every weekday. I choose one of our videos to clip for Twitter, then attach a silly tweet. Here’s my first one. My manager loves all of the ones I have in the pipeline, too. (P.S. Please follow us on Twitter. Thanks.)
What I’m doing to become a better version of myself overall:
MRU assigns two books to its new hires: Deep Work and The Lean Startup. I’m reading Deep Work right now. It’s really, really good. It cites both empirical and anecdotal evidence to demonstrate how important large, unbroken chunks of work are to unlocking our true potential. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s completely changing the way I think about work.
What Praxis Wednesday Session did you attend last week?
The Hannah Show. We also talked amongst ourselves, but let’s be real—it’s the Hannah Show all the way.
What was your biggest highlight from the session?
It’s always refreshing to speak with other Praxians about our respective careers. We all have different goals, but we’re also common in our purpose and direction. It’s a rare and valuable experience.
What was your biggest takeaway from that session?
DOCUMENT. DOCUMENT. DOCUMENT. If you’re doing great stuff but you don’t tell anyone, the only benefit you receive is the satisfaction of doing a great job. Which is to say: You get no benefit.
How do you intend to apply that takeaway to your life?
Please see the first three words of my previous answer.
What was the exercise assigned by the guest and what did you learn from it?
Pretty sure I already answered this, so I’ll take this opportunity to tell you that this is day 1 in a 365-day blogging challenge. I’m doing it in tandem with my girlfriend’s 365-day painting challenge. Follow her on Instagram @artbylucymott! And follow MRU on Twitter @MRevUniversity! Do it!!!
Thanks for reading. AMDG.