2017 - 4 reasons you want to grind it 'till you find it
Alright guys, we are back in business. It's officially the brand spankin' new year everybody promised. And I gotta say that I am absolutely slammed. Just hammered with things to do. The bay area California is getting more rain than ever with a whopping 12 inches in my region predicted for this weekend in the Santa Cruz mountains. Also, it is officially pitch black at 5pm every day. That means: go to work in the dark, work inside during the light, and when you get off it is dark. No working on cars unless you are financially savvy enough to have a garage in this area somehow. Most of the people across the country will just think I'm being whiny which I am, but at the same time those people don't quite see the contrast of being in a state that was subject to extreme drought for 4-5 years and then having record rains this week!
Even more news is that most companies in the bay area really kick off in Jan-Feb of every year with all the work that was stagnating in December. All the machine shops shut down for a couple weeks and so did all the big companies. Even companies that didn't shut down had little production because their key employees were likely away for the holidays. It also seems that because of fiscal year considerations many orders are placed during the beginning/end of the year as opposed to the middle. I still haven't quite figured this one out but would love to hear from you guys some theories on this.
Basically, being on the grind in the busy season can be a sweet deal. Especially after a sleepy week or two for the holidays. The human brain likes change even though sometimes that change is painful it always almost responds well just to the concept.
Instead of railing on the grind I'll make a list of all the cool positive things about it:
With this kind of electricity in the air in the beginning of a year, you know the economy is good. Back in 2009/10/11 the week back was always drudgery and it didn't feel so sweet. Enjoy the attitude of being efficient and busy. Even slightly aloof. People will respect it.
Job security. Only a fool would cut down employees while orders are rolling in and the economy is good. Smart employers are going to be very open to keeping talent this year, so kick up your output (or just your visibility) a notch and see what you can get.
Real estate. I have wrote a few articles about this specifically. The market has not recovered everywhere in the country quite yet, so deals can still be had if you are young and looking to increase your debt with real estate assets. While the high visibility areas have peaked in their pricing (SF anyone?,) some less popular places still have catching up to do. Do some research and see if you're ready to net a guaranteed 31% ROI y-o-y like some people do.
You won't have to worry about getting enough sleep ever! But in all seriousness- keep yourself from burning out, take a 4-day weekend in Feb 2017 or something. Plan it early because this month is a killer in the making.
All in all, if you are reading this site from the comfort of your arm chair having already retired in some way shape or form, I recognize this advice won't be useful to you. However if you are one of the young go getters who hasn't struck a home run out of the park yet, you should embrace this attitude. Attitude is everything and most people respond very well to being around a highly professional, succinct, busy, awesome person. So be that person and go get it!