Winter time=Business time.

Talking to my bro today.

He’s currently two thirds through the offspring’s birthday celebrations at the moment.

They have three of them.

I didn’t realise this but apparently they’re all a week apart with their respective birthdays.

Apparently winter was a good time for “business time” as a famed pair of Kiwis sang/white fella rapped about some time ago.

I suppose living in a location that corresponds with “normal” seasonal transitions helps as well.

Not like the most of northern Australia. Which is either wet or dry.

#straya.

Finding the time.

This week’s been busy.

Accounting and economics studies and all the fun stuff that comes with that as well.

Last Friday included a call up from a local labor hire company that I sometimes work for with a job offer, for a project out at Chillagoe. It seems that the resource sector in FNQ has found its feet, even in a minor way and started to make its presence felt.

That’ll increase the time limits on my study plans.

Then there’s been my brothers’ business development, that I have been marginally involved with. And as it has worked out, my involvement may go as far as a signed but not necessary non-disclosure agreement.

As I’ve stated a while ago, I want exposure to the wine industry and there’s currently an opportunity here locally. I haven’t made any enquiries on the business but it’s an opportunity all the same.

The saying goes, success is an intersection between opportunity and preparedness. And I’ve been caught flat-footed with this one.

It’s times like this I regret not taking full advantage of my down time. It’s hard but all the same when opportunities present themselves to you and you’re not ready it’s a bit of a wake up call.

If I’d saved the money. Completed those WSET courses, etc.

That’s a factor of human nature and something we take into account with economics, as I’m learning.

Time equals money, as the saying goes and once again, the regret sets in as a form of punishment for not being aggressive enough to have the faith in my efforts and fight forward and be prepared for those opportunities.

FM bad habits.

Economics, Accounting and Distance Ed


Just a short note for people like me who lack discipline and tend to waltz on into things they’re not necessarily prepared to take on.
Distance education ain’t the best option. 

Being in your home location lends itself to a more relaxed approach to things. And when you sign up for something as basic a Diploma of Business Studies, that’s been designed by people who want you to achieve something that may entice you into a degree, you need to consider your timings and approach to the subject.

I ain’t having a whine, I’m just reflecting on the process so far. 

As complex as the subjects I’m studying are and I’m enjoying it, there’s a need to have your shit together. 

Like learning how to use certain software. My past weekend has been consumed with a crash course on using MS Excel, while learning the various accounting equations.

This isn’t my way of doing business. I like organisation. I like structure.

Just some good for thought.

So this has happened.

Dunno if I’ve recorded this here but half way through my two week adventure up at Weipa I got the heads up that a business course I wanted to complete was a happening thing.
I thought I’d missed the opportunity for the first term due to a snafu between the Uni website and QTAC’s suggesting that I’d failed to accept the offer back in December last year.

It was due to kick off in the first week of March, on the 6th to be precise. I flew into Cairns on the evening of the 7th.

Well, the past few weeks have been busy. And as I’m doing my one by distance I’ve had to play catch up with all the admin parts plus get the units sorted as well. 

It’s been a wee while since I’ve tried any serious study. Over a decade to be honest. I’m in headache territory at the moment as while I’m pissed off at the delayed entry I’ve had (one of the units opened two weeks before the start date) but I’ve started getting on top of what required with the weekly tasking.

I’ve delayed two of the units as the work load had performing a 48 hour week initially and that’s something I wouldn’t be able to do if I get back into the work routine again. 

Econ and accounting are the two I’m working on at the moment. Interesting stuff but it’s only an introductory course to the skills base.

 We’ll see how this goes.

Back once again,

To my version of civilisation.

To be quite honest, I was surprised at how happy I was to see the east coast of Australia, on the flight back from Weipa.

It wasn’t the usual FIFO “going home” feel that one may have experience when returning home

Now, I’ve gotta coallate my thoughts on the last two weeks and go meet with my temporary employer and let them know why I’ve withdrawn from the project they assigned me too.

This’ll include a reference or three to the relevant Acts of Parliment (relating to my trade and OH&S) plus a healthy dose of my own experience from my professional background.

Let’s hope it’s constructive.

Something I’ve noticed about myself.

I’m into listening to soundtracks from movies.

I currently have the orchestral score for Baz Luhrmann’s production of The Great Gatsby on high rotation at the moment. 

My co worker, who’s ten years younger than me, finds this endlessly amusing to say the least.

She’s an alternative music type.

The other soundtracks I’ve been hooked on in the past are the ones for the movies Inception and District 9.

I like ’em.

That’s one of my kinds of different.
 

The wind down.

I’m done with this one. The scenery here is home to me as I’m from up the Gulf way but the project I’m on doesn’t meet my long developed standards of performance.

The saying goes “Prior planning prevents piss poor performance” and what I’ve seen so far on this project has confirmed that cliche nearly every day so far.

This episode has left me disappointed as this project should’ve been an easy one to roll up quickly but the company I’ve been hired too doesn’t seem to have their planning and resourcing capabilities developed to a level that enables them to prevent delays or react to any incurred or potential negative aspects that are inherent to this industry.

We all come across these types in the environments we find our employment in, we’ve all got these experiences. 

No big deal really. That’s life. That’s humans for ya.

You learn how to manage these issues in a professional manner, although I’m embarrassed to say that I was blindsided with this one. 

I’ll learn to ask “those” questions next time before I sign on.