I’ve never really established what phenomenon is at work come December but it seems that throughout my time as a software developer and IT manager, December has always been a particularly busy month. This December has been no exception, although not all of the “busy-ness” has been due to programming that I’m invo0lved with.
At least some measure of the activity has often been around getting new equipment configured and the application installed, users created and all the various pieces of “technicality” that goes along with adding or replacing a server. Come December many are able to “lighten up” their workloads and enjoy the holiday season with long lunch hours, after work “get-togethers” with co-workers, extra time off (catching up on vacation time not taken), or just plain “easy going” for a while.
However, IT never sleeps! This economy which is demanding that we do more with less surely won’t help those of us in IT have an easy December. What there is for us to do, however, is to just make the very best of whatever “breaks” we get during this holiday time — and enjoy every minute of the time. One of my earliest employers used to quip “Work hard, Play hard!” — I’m up for that as soon as I figure out when play time starts!