“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
― Samuel Johnson
No one is getting hanged, but one of the guys I work with is leaving the business at the end of next week. This guy is very good, very clever, and he’s key to one of the development projects that I’m working on.
While I was off, nothing was done – at least nothing that was actually useful. So since I’ve been back I’ve been trying to get this thing sorted. It’s complex and takes a lot of concentration, and I am getting there. But I’m worried that with my contact leaving, that I won’t get the information I need after next week. What was worse, is that his manager added requirements to the list today. I’m not sure that I can get all that done by the end of next week.
Here’s the problem with that – the reality is that I probably can get the development done in that time. But knowing that I have no leeway piles the pressure on. There was a great temptation to stay ‘at work’ this evening and get more done, but I know that that is the road to workaholic hell.
I’ve actually had to have a talk to myself to turn the laptop (works) off and stop. What I couldn’t do was stop work and relax, I had to have something else to that needed doing – so I did a load of ironing. Which is no bad thing, chores do need to get done and that was starting to nag from the corner.
This indicates to me that I’m finally getting into stride with stress management, and that has to be good, it should help me avoid falling back into a depression. I’ll worry about the database tomorrow.