Winding Down

The last few weeks have been incredibly intense. My schedule has flipped back and forth from vacation time to programmer’s time to manager’s time [1]. Because we are working on so many things at the same time, I never feel like any one thing gets done.  I really like to complete things and then move on.

The craziness has manifested itself in odd ways. For instance I will sleep from 10:30 to 7:30 but wake up more tired than I went to bed the night before. I get this way sometimes and usually take naps in the afternoon to compensate, but the schedule has been so crazy that there has literally been no down time to do that.

I’ve found that one thing in particular helps: having an hour or two to just sit and read in the evenings. I usually read my RSS feed and the day’s news from other sources. For whatever reason that time helps calm me down and let my brain unwind from the day’s events. Lately, since the resting problems started, I haven’t gotten that either.

Hopefully things are calming down again. I will clear out some of the email this week, have gotten a handle on the Equals communications, and next week have big holes to get back to programming. While the personal stuff is only ramping up (both girls are playing soccer this fall), I will complete a big project this weekend — I’m building a dog kennel — that has been taking up evening time for me.

I woke up this morning feeling better. Hopefully it will last.

[1] Programmer’s time is scheduled in four hour blocks while manager time is one hour blocks. For more, see Paul Graham’s classic post on the topic.