Work for me is really busy right now (and also incredibly stressful). It’s been that way for most of 2016 and I think I may see the light at the end of the tunnel — or that could also be a train.
In these incredibly busy times, there are a few things that naturally happen:
- The most important things get done. I suppose this is the old squeaky wheel gets the grease deal, but it still holds true. In these high intensity times, the things that must get done usually find a way to get done.
- The things of lesser importance don’t get done. There are two ways two look at this. First, the things that aren’t getting done aren’t important. When viewed this way, it should make us think twice about how we build our to-do list in “normal” times. If the task really doesn’t need to get done, why is it even on the list? Second, there are lesser important things that really do need to get done. Some things can indeed be put off to a later date, but eventually failure to do these things will cause a problem. This sort of leads to the next observation.
- The craving for planning time. When I’m really busy and things are very intense, sure a lot of necessary and important work gets done. Lesser things do fall away. But in these intense times, I know without a doubt, that my intense focus on one area is creating a lack of focus in other areas. Therefore, I always have this internal craving to take a step back and review the overall picture to see what needs to be addressed or re-addressed.
- The subsequent lull. One would think that a super-intense time where lots of stuff gets done would create positive momentum and lots of stuff would get attacked after the crisis mode is over. One would think that, but the reality for me is different. The super-intense times are usually followed by a lull where nothing gets done. I’m not sure why this happens, but it does. Perhaps it is the mind’s way of keeping things leveled out.
Well, after thinking about this, “so what?” I think the “so what” is that studying what happens in the periods of being really busy (and the subsequent lull period) can help how one plans afterward. We can remember to build systems that will work (and that we can trust) even in periods of high-intensity. We can remember that certain things need to be overlooked and left off of the to-do list because they really aren’t important. And we can remember that our bodies do need a re-charge period and that’s not bad, but if we know this we can build it into our routines.
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