I tracked my time in February. This came about because I was feeling overwhelmed after returning to work. I had no time to do what I wanted! Last week, I explained how I prepared the time tracking data for analysis. This week is the fun part—digging in to what it can tell me about myself. If you’d like to dig into my data for yourself, you can play with the Tableau graph. The Big Picture First, let’s take a high-level overview of how I spent my 3 weeks. This is slightly skewed, as I had 2 Fridays off during this time. I play Dungeons and Dragons on a Friday night. ... Show Me More!
A month ago, I was feeling completely overwhelmed. We had returned to work after 2 weeks off, which triggered my feelings. Imagine it’s 26 degrees inside, and you step outside to a 28 degree day. It’s a bit warmer, but you adjust quickly. That is my normal working routine. Compare that to stepping outside into 47 degrees. You feel the full force of the sun boring into your scalp, trying to immolate you. That’s what returning to work after having time off felt like. I decided to complete a time study to see whether I truly didn’t have enough of it. The old saying “work expands to fit the time ... Show Me More!
Here we are again—I’ve written about feeling overwhelmed before, and it appears that I didn’t learn my lesson back then, so it’s time for a revisit. It’s probably worth noting that I’ve been awake since 3am while I’m writing this, so my emotions are a little fragile. I have been back at work for less than a month, and I’m already feeling overwhelmed with the lack of time I have to do what I want. It’s a huge shock to my system to have gone from 2 weeks of essentially doing nothing, to going back to being out of the house for twelve hours a day, 5 days a week. ... Show Me More!