Monday, October 15, 2012
The Challenges of Juggling
It’s early Monday afternoon and I am at the office. I started work at 5:30 AM today and, given that it is now 1:30 PM, it dawns on me that there is a reason I feel tired. I’ve already worked an eight hour day. Five of those hours were spent weaving in and out of meetings, which can be exhausting in its own right. I am fighting, but not for much longer, a compelling urge to go home, take a nap, and then try again after an hour or so. That is one of the drawbacks of starting so early in the morning - but the time you get into the afternoon you are pretty much finished, at least as far as anything detailed and creative goes.
I find that the early morning hours are the best for me. It is then that I feel at my intellectual and physical peak. It would be nice if I could figure out some way to have multiple mornings through the day. Perhaps a rhythm of work, sleep, work, sleep, work would do it. I do feel I would be more productive if I have the opportunity to take a true nap midway through the day. I may have to try that one of these days when I am working virtually. I often find that when I nap I don’t actually go to sleep - but I do slip into a different mindset when I am taking a nap.
I find I am really struggling at work and I am struggling with getting all the parts of the project I am working on organized. I feel like I am juggling multiple balls and I can’t get a rhythm established, that every time I just start to find the rhythm, they change it. They change it by adding new balls or by taking existing balls away, or both. It can be, at times, maddening. I try to pull back, to focus on one thing at a time, but I find that is very difficult when I am trying to move through an environment of constant interruptions. It’s like trying to juggle when someone keeps randomly pushing you in one direction or the other.