Some days Scarlett, I just don’t give a damn…

It doesn’t happen all the time, but some days its just hard to be motivated and inspired. Today is one of those days.
Perhaps its because its a grey day, or that yesterday in Ireland was a public holiday and its hard to get motivated after a break, but today  it’s hard to get the creative and testing juices flowing.

I sometimes get like this whilst testing too.

Catherine Powell wrote a post on ‘just do it’ that helps me in these situations . Other strategies that I use are:

1) Break the work into small chunks

Then tick off the work as you go, you will start to feel that you are achieving something. Get up and move around between each piece of work.

2) Keep plowing through

Yes, you’re uninspired, fed up and have a strong urge to go AWOL. However, this is just a feeling, keep working through, keep testing. It will get better.

3) Change environment

If you can, try and test somewhere different to where you normally test. Move rooms or use a different PC. It’s surprising what a difference this can make

4) Play some music

I normally don’t play music while I test as I find it too distracting, but if the going is tough, then on go the earphones.

I know, not the most inspiring post in the world, but as as I said, its one of those days.

By Anne-Marie Charrett

Anne-Marie Charrett is an internationally recognized expert in software testing and quality engineering.
She keynotes at international conferences on the topic of Quality, Coaching, and Leadership.
Ex-Head of Engineering at Tyro Payments where she transitioned testers to a quality coaching model
Consultant on Quality Engineering, developer of the quality operating model. Invented and rolled out a consulting model for quality engineering.
Consulting across FinTech, Media, Government, Insurance, Banking & Telco Sectors
Creator and Lecturer of Enterprise Software Testing course at UTS Australia. Co-developed a coaching model aiming to transfer testing skill and know-how using the Socratic method.
B.Eng (Hons) Electronic Engineering (I really am a quality engineer!)
Based in Sydney, Australia works – internationally.

One reply on “Some days Scarlett, I just don’t give a damn…”

Good advice, and Catherine’s article is good too. Seems obvious but some days there just seems to be too many things to do, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and just not do any of it. I find prioritising into a list helps, and playing music definitely helps me too.
Also, it helps to turn off distractions like new email notifications.

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