Significant Experience: My second session proper – this time looking at my formed habit of putting myself under pressure by focusing on the deadline – or as I refer to it: self-inflicted crunch. (Crunch is something I have come across in gaming referring to the excess amount of work done by game developers in the lead up to a deadline – such as game release – this article is a really good examination of the concept)
What Happened?: The conversation was about my use of time, and my desire to use it more effectively. My habit of leaving tasks until close to the deadline leaves little room for error or flexibility so when other pressures – such as family illness or emergency requests come in put myself under an unnecessary amount of pressure and often end up working later evenings/weekends to meet deadlines. This approach also limits room for mistakes so increases pressure in terms of delivering the quality I expect of myself.
We also discussed how I can suffer from mental/professional fatigue which sometimes affects concentration and how I use time, which may end up being a conversation for another day!
So What?: This was important to verbalise as I had felt it becoming more and more of an issue (in fact being a bit of an in joke between myself and a colleague) and as part of this conversation I was able to structure a workable solution for me as other attempts had been less successful (I’m talking to you false deadlines). It was good to look at it from a different perspective and examine why I focus so much on the end date rather than the start date – and this perhaps gives clues as to why I have let a couple of internal solo-projects drift for as long as I have. I would like to address these projects in new approach.
Now What?: I have produced an action plan (below) on how to implement this and make it ‘habit’. On March 2nd, I shall reflect on how I have stuck to this and if it has helped
When & Where?: January 23rd, Home.
Self-Imposed Crunch – Avoiding by more effective time management
- As part of ‘project plan’ (see Golden Rules) factor in how long a piece of work may take and then decide on a start date that factors this in, allows for time ‘slippage’ with goal of removing ‘crunch’ *new notebook needed*
- This start date shall be put into the bullet journal task list and entered on the date as a ‘scheduled item’.
- If piece of work has several parts – start dates should be done for each section – with each part put in bullet journal.
- This will only work if I stick to it. Stick to it!!