We’ve all heard the tired phrase – So much to do, so little time!
Well, having so much time and so little to do is just as draining and unproductive. In recent months, I’ve felt a weird mixture of both and I don’t like it. Having plenty of time but very little to do bores me to no end – I sink into apathy and find it difficult to resurface.
On the flipside, having too many tasks and not enough hours means rushing through tasks. I stop paying proper attention and become sloppy.
That’s what I’ve experienced with most of my projects lately. Sloppiness. I’m pretty sure even this blog post could be better but right now I don’t really care.
Only now, in the last few weeks, has the penny truly dropped in terms of actually understanding the logic behind it. Before this year, I never really tackled coding proper (though I am a whizz at HTML & CSS). I’ve been following a Web Development course from CareerFoundry. So, I have a curriculum of tasks to follow. Its flexible but structured.
Now, after all those weeks of grinding through JS exercises, I have a backlog of course tasks to complete. Yeah, I’ve progressed in my understanding and fluency of JS. However, I’ve not actually progressed on the course itself.
In my limited experience, learning your first programming language means a lot of repetition. A LOT. I couldn’t just fly through the tasks on my course, have them approved and then forget about them. I wanted to be comfortable with everything, from data types to functions to functional programming (which still stumps and confuses me… unfortunately).
I hate loops.
Good Stress & Time Management: Keeping your goals in mind
I’ll be frank with you: this blog post, for once, is mainly for my own benefit. However, I’m sure it can still be of use to all of you. That’s what I want to talk about three things: Good Stress, Time Management and Keeping Your Eye on the Goal.
So, first things first: What is good stress?
It’s the kind of stress which motivates you to get things done. It gives you slight anxiety, pushing you to finish a project and do it right at the same time. This was something I experienced often in my last job. I worked on a project but had a deadline. Instead of going down a rabbit hole (as I am wont to do), I cut out the unnecessary or extraneous steps and focused on the points I had to deliver.
Guess what? I didn’t do half a bad job. I wasn’t 100% happy with it but it was good enough.
Good stress ties in with time management. Good stress forces you to implement more effective time management. Focus on priorities. Right now, I have the following priorities:
- Develop my personal brand.
- Keep up my job search, get as many interviews as possible.
- FINISH THE DAMN COURSE
In many countries, finding a job would be top priority. We all need to eat. I am lucky enough, however, to live in a country with excellent social security.
So, finishing my course is top priority. Of course, in order to keep receiving an income I must be seen to be making an effort to apply for a job. My job search therefore continues to run in the background. It’s something I spend 1-2 hours a day on. That doesn’t just include applying for jobs. It means engaging on social networks, going to networking events etc (which I find difficult, being something of a recluse).
So then, what now?