Well, I gave myself a 6-month review today.
Bee's don't have anything on me for being busy.
(I can also blame my boss for my state of business...) My boss last week asked me how my schedule looked for the rest of the year. I told him June was pretty busy, July had a few things and August was going to be tricky due to the China trip and my 2 days of vacation (a Friday and a Monday) that I was taking to go to my cousin's wedding, but nothing was really set in stone.
Never, ever, ever say you're not that busy, even with the caveat of "but I've got some stuff possibly lined up".
Today alone I tentatively booked two trips and scheduled a third. I've still got three or four more people that have expressed interest in training that I haven't heard from in a couple of months and need to follow up with.
July is booked solid, even on the off chance that KC falls through again (which it might). I'm not sure I can squeeze anything else into August with the funky scheduling of my other trips. September I'm calling full, but I'm sure I'll be convinced to add something else to before the end of August. October and November are looking blissfully open. I know that won't last long, but I can dream can't I? December has a regional training scheduled, which should go off, but is mostly taken up by holidays.
So, as far as my review of myself goes, my overall travel time for the year may be down, but I'm scheduling things nicely, and a fairly large number of those are 'new orders' as opposed to things that were sold with an initial build. (Therefore the money goes to service instead of projects. Yes, it's all supposed to go to service but it doesn't when it was billed with a project...) Last year I was able to significantly increase the amount of income with only a small increase in travel. Hopefully this year will be more of the same. I do know that at the end of the year, I will have one big disappointment on my review. I was tasked with creating a "Big Book of Knowledge" essentially for people, and I haven't had time to think about it, let alone get it started. Unless October and November hold open, it won't happen this year. This isn't something that I can do a day here or there, at least not at first. And I haven't had a 2 or more week stretch since I talked with my boss about it where I haven't been furiously trying to play catchup on all the normal paperwork and stuff while in the office.
Ok. I just needed to vent and be a little cranky about my (what looks to be) 5 month travel spree. Peace to all and may you find time to breathe.