Last year was a beast. I had my first child and my job took everything I had due to demanding projects and leadership responsibilities. I didn’t always handle things in the most efficient ways even though I would have liked have. Nonetheless, everything got done to my liking. What am I doing different this year is more focused work and in order to do that there is a need to understanding your style of working.
My personal style is sprints. Focused work for an hour or 2 (no interruptions) with short breaks in between. This isn’t possible in my line of work. Its essentially chaos each day with no time to focus on real work. When you are in a servicing role, there is always a “fire” to put out or some executive with an ‘urgent’ issue that you have to look at immediately. It frustrating for someone like me who’s most effective with focus time.
Instead of complaining, I had to find a way to make it work for me based on my work and habits. On top of focus, I like to work when I get the feeling to regardless of the day. I’ve tried so hard to just be lazy and rest on the weekends (my managers have recommended) but quite honestly this is the time where I don’t have to deal with chaos and have time to think about professional and personal work.
Lately I have been working on the weekends (during my son’s naps). Not in the sense of sitting there answering email like a nerd but creative work. Digging into learning new technologies, strategizing the next few months at work, practicing hobbies, reading and it has been surprisedly fulfilling. For me, it doesn’t feel like work as I make sure its the most important things to me that I give the time.
I’m trying to get mine in this life time
The after life is much further in pipeline
I’m in inclined to believe that but truth is, that for death, any moment is the right time
So I live like everyday is my last
But I plan for tomorrow as if I will never pass
When I don’t feel like working, I don’t. That’s rare, mostly when I am just sleepy. When I feel like sleeping, I sleep…..sike, my son decides that. hahaha.
As crazy as it sounds, it feels like I have more free time with this type of schedule. Likely because I am getting work done faster due to no interruptions and focus.
This style might not be for everyone but it works for me, I’m able to get my important work done, clear my head/anxiety and continue with progress in my life.