Towards the end of last year, I found myself working in a different way from usual. I had an unusual amount of work that was really urgent all at once and found myself working through lunch most days, staying late and generally getting a bit stressed which wasn’t helped by a bit of time off due to illness. I didn’t really like this, as you might be able to guess!
This year, the vast majority of the really quick turnaround work should have been completed but I am taking on a rather large addition to my workload so I think I need to be careful not to fall into the same patterns when it isn’t necessary, as it was for the past few months.
I understand that writing these things down makes one more likely to stick to what is intended so here we go:
During 2016, I shall come in at 9.30am, leave at 5.30pm, take a full hour for lunch on something that is not work – this may be Fellowship or reading professional literature or blogging or walking outside (weather permitting) or just reading a book or magazine -although I am going to aim to not be at my desk, and get up away from the screen hourly even if it is just to walk to the coffee machine or the loo.
I’ve generally been quite good at prioritising, managing workload, knowing what I need to do but having so much genuine urgency (rather than the ‘urgent’ work needed weeks from now with which we’re all so familiar) has thrown my usual patterns and I feel that I need to get back to usual or risk burnout!
Since moving to my new job (nearly three years and still ‘new job’ – wonder when that will change in my brain…) I have cut down quite drastically on the amount of external library events I attend due to being a little way out of the centre of town but I have ended up using this time for work or non-productive things which wasn’t entirely what I intended!
I’m planning on attending more events if they seem useful, spending my commute reading rather than checking email and getting up only as early as necessary rather than getting up early to be productive without a specific reason!!!
When I get into work this morning (having read on the train and not looked at my emails), I plan to start a brand new to do list for the new year and prioritise the various strands of work based on importance, not urgency!
We’ll see how we go – I know that habits can be easily changed but I’m looking forward to getting back to normal!