The Multifunctioning DBA

Nov 26 2010   2:50PM GMT

Day After Thanksgiving

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

I hope that you all had a great holiday and that you did not do any work. Any way, by the time this post is published I will be sitting at my desk working on Black Friday. My wife hates that I work on the days after holidays most the time and I agree that it is not always the most fun to get up in the morning and make it into the office. However, I really like working the day before and the day after holidays when I can. I have two major reasons for this and they are below.

1. Get a lot done. – I do not know about all of you but I am assuming that things work similar to the way that they do around my office. No one wants to make major changes, or do anything that might cause an issue to any production system during a holiday weekend. That means it is usually quite as far as migrations, system builds, and putting out fires (Knocking on wood now). Also not many people are in the office so not only is it quite as far as work for others but it is actually quite in the office. Not many distractions so it is a great day to get a lot done. At least for me.

2. Good will. – By this I mean that you probably have co-workers that really enjoy taking some time off around the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my wife and family just as much as anyone but I fine that a little good will in this regard goes a long way. My team knows that I usually sacrifice during the holidays and I think that goes a long way with them when I need some coverage for on-call or I just need some time off work. I am not saying to work every holiday but making that small sacrifice sometimes can go a long way.

Well again I hope that you are not reading this as soon as it posts but I hope that you enjoyed it. Have a great Holiday weekend.

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