A day in the life
Can you please explain me how your typical day looks like? Is your clock different and you get more time to do all these great things than me?
Well, it varies based on whether I'm on the road on at home...
When not traveling, the typical day starts at about 6am, on the road by 6:30am, at the desk by 7am. Do the question thing for a bit, get email done and generally try to drink as much coffee as I can so that by 9am when others are fully in force -- I'm awake.
Then the day is filled with things like meetings, conference calls within Oracle and with customers, dealing with email and customer issues, any employee matters that come up (I manage a small team), researching, presenting to customers, round table discussions, fixing things, answering questions on asktom during the day, putting the column together, doing a response (white paper), whatever. I like to stay as hands on as possible.
I try to leave by 4pm to avoid the traffic on the way home. Have two kids Alan (12) and Megan (9) so something is usually going on in the evening. Then check email, do a little poking around on the web, tv, go to bed.
When traveling, it really isn't that much different, just longer hours I guess. Usually up 5:30/6am, try to get some time on the site in the morning, do whatever I'm in town for -- most of my trips are one/two day trips. Every now and then I get to unpack and stay for a couple of days. Those are usually "problem sites" where it takes a day or two to diagnose the issue, test a fix, deploy. After working at the customer site (presenting, doing a seminar, working on a tuning issue, whatever) it is either back to the hotel for more questions/email or to the airport to get to the next place.
For example, I'm going to Ottawa this evening, get in after dinner. Have 3 customer visits tomorrow, one on Thursday, do a seminar for the Ottawa OUG from 1-4pm and then fly home that evening.
This month is unique for I've taken most of it off from Oracle to work on the second edition of Expert One on One Oracle (to be renamed as WROX went out of business and Apress lost rights to use the "Expert One on One" tagline when they bought it). So, this month, it is up at 6am as normal, do the questions (just the reviews this month, no new questions) and email -- then try to write...