I spend a majority of my waking hours dwelling on the T-word. Technology. It's been my lifelong passion. (At least since age eight.) It's been my career choice for over twenty years. And it's something I'm pretty good at. Unfortunately, too much of the T-word has resulted in the O-word. Overwhelm. My blood pressure elevates due to self-imposed performance standards that are rarely met. These standards are higher than most clients expect of me and most supervisors require of me. It's a shame, because The O-word creates resentment with the T-word because the T-word used to be the F-word. Fun.

Back when the T-word was the F-word and not the O-word, I gleefully lost track of time immersed in an operating system. I explored hidden features. I would dive deep into the world wide web to learn how to fix errors and automate tasks. The T-word turned into a career field that brought oohs and ahhs from those asking me what i did for a living. F-word!

But something happened along the way. The T-word turned into the C-word. Complex. Every OS update required another immersion; another deep dive to figure out what got changed. In addition, T-word devices started propagating at work, like a hot-air popcorn popper. There were so many C-word T-word gadgets around, clients and supervisors fell victim to the S-word. Stress. So much S-word from the C-word T-word would naturally result in the O-word for a high-standards guy like me.

To combat the O-word, I had to resort to the P-word. Productivity. Optimizing my time at work, using filters to reclaim valuable minutes, and mindfully confronting the S-word to avoid the O-word. Still a work in progress, but the P-word has been helpful in making the T-word F-word again.