Screaming Circuits: Top-ten ways to get a jump on the nearing economic recovery


Top-ten ways to get a jump on the nearing economic recovery

I have no evidence in reality if the economy is starting to get better or still has more sinking to go, but I do hear some predictions that we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, to be a bit trite, it could always be an oncoming train. But heck, why not be an optimist and assume the worst is over. If it's any indication, we're sailing along fine here now.

So, let's talk about what we should do in anticipation of and in preparation for things getting better:

#10. First, it's mood change time. All summer long, we complain that it's too hot and all winter long, we complain that it's too cold. The world's been complaining that business is too slow for a while so all you folks should get a jump on things and start complaining now that you've got so much business that you don't know what to do with it.

#9. With that mood change comes consumption change too. To keep up with all of that rediscovered demand, we need more caffeine. Sleep is for wimps. Just triple up on the lattes and start running around like a maniac gerbil.

#8. All three of you that took my advice (see #7) can now do Octal math without a calculator and without first converting to decimal or hex or anything. Now is the time when you discover that no one does anything with Octal anymore. Oops. Sorry.

#7. If you've been looking for work, by now you're pretty danged discouraged. Stop it. Pretend like you're starting over. Toss out the old resume and start over from scratch. It'll give you a chance to remind yourself about all the good things you've done and you'll see any holes you might still have that can be plugged with some night classes or on-line study. But, no. You can't list your six months of flipping burgers as "entropic bovine-protein thermal engineering."

#6. Read some more. Go read every bit of tech news that you can find. Figure out what's changed in the last year and what you need to be talking about (if you're looking for a job) and what you need to be designing with (if you still have one). It'll remind you of how fast technology moves and how easy it was for you to get out of date.

#5. Take a break. Have a soda. Watch a video. Snack on some chips and salsa. Kick back and chill for a bit. Enjoy the reasonable workload because you'll be back to the 60 hour work weeks before you know it.

#4. Get out your Deming, Tom Peters and Geoffrey Moore books and start reading up because as soon as you no longer have time for it, you can bet that all those quality, time management and other efficiency classes will get stuffed into your calendar. And you can spend some "quality time" rhetorically asking yourself "why didn't the company do that stuff when we all had the time for it?"

#3. If you've been out of work, lay rusty nails and broken glass all over the floor at your house. That way you'll get used to wearing shoes again, which are generally required in job interviews.

#2. Juggle hot soldering irons. I'm guessing you're a little out of practice so all of those burn marks us solderers have are now healed up. Tossing hot soldering irons around (and catching them) will give you a nice distribution of fresh little burn marks that will make it look like you've been busy all of this time instead of just drinking soda and watching movies like you have been doing.

Drum roll please... And the number one thing we should do to get a jump on the impending economic recovery...

#1. Go back to sleep. Either you're going to be trashed-busy soon enough and won't have time for good sleep anymore or we've got another year of this recession crud so it just doesn't matter.

Duane Benson
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