My latest two weeks were extremely hectic. We are launching a new cool feature for our great and famous clients, so we had to work hard to make application perform as intended and making things happen. We had to dedicate our late evenings and one entire weekend that totaled up with 12 working days in a row. And thats exactly when I made a decision to focus on One Thing at a Time ONLY and confirm once again how beneficial it actually is.
Honestly, I have zero complains about hectic schedule I had to go through as I love my job and there was no need to keep me extra motivated to focus and keep going. All I was trying to do is to focus and get in tiny details how the things are expected to work.
In my job, as Quality Assurance Analyst, is important to get the main picture first and clearly understand a step by step process from the beginning till the very end. I call it “skeleton”. In other words – main logic and functionality. Then, we start testing all other expected features, functionalities, behaviors and verify how the application responds to tons of scenarios, setup modifications, in different browsers and so on. This process is quite interesting and absorbing. I personally feel, as if diving into the waters and seeing things (new scenarios) in a special way. That’s exactly the state I was in for the last two weeks. Amazing state and feelings! Discovery Mode! “Let me break it” state!
As a result, of my testing adventure, by the end of second week, my house started looking more like a cave, my paperwork was piling up in all weird places in the house. It is a Tax season, so you probably know what kind of papers and in what quantities I am talking about. But decision was made: this time, I focus on One Thing at a Time only!
I canceled all what I was only able to cancel. Looks like my daughter started loving her daddy a bit more than me by the end of the second week. As well, started playing the “office game” and telling that “she is super busy and has to finish an important project”. By the way, I am totally glad, that they had this moment of bonding with her daddy as it is super important for their strong relationship formation.
Sure thing, we had no packed lunches (only Elizabeth had an honor to have those). I was picking what to wear early morning (not a day before, as usual) and our laundry was frighteningly accumulating in our laundry room… After working on a weekend, Monday morning, I realized that by my feelings, I am not sure what day of the week is it today. Calendar insisted it was Monday, but I didn’t feel even close to that. That was such a weird feeling, I don’t remember if I experienced anything like this ever before.
As was expected, together with a team, we progressed well over the weekend and following week ended up with a couple of successful demos to or clients and generously positive feedback. This feedback extremely fueled me and gave me super power for the next weekend, during which I solved all my “piles up” and even did some extras in plus. In two days my house became even better organized as before (btw, we finally removed Christmas Tree), we prepared Valentine’s gifts for Elizabeth’s classmates, Teachers and Caregivers. We had super quality family time playing, chatting, crafting and laughing…a LOT! Yes, everybody got great lunches during the weekend as well as packed for our Monday. We read books, watched TV, and went to bed absolutely satisfied with our weekend outputs.
Why I am sharing all that? Because of this:
It is ok to “push” yourself for one BIG thing and put everything else on pause or minimize your involvement in certain things for a while. There is that outstandingly powerful feedback after things are getting done or there is a significant progress made. And this feedback, usually fuels you up to the max level possible!
My agenda was blank for two weeks, because I focused on that one thing without trying to have 12 sleepless nights to succeed in every single task that required my attention. And, you know what? My world, either our family’s world didn’t collapse. Not even cracked!
Hectic projects like this one do not happen often in my life, it is important to take this into consideration. But, when it happens, I realized that it is beneficial to keep stress level under control by having a quality rest and doing one thing at a time! That will bring it all to a one great result instead of several unfinished beginnings. And it will provide a great after feeling to fuel your inner batteries to a full power level!
And what do you prefer: Multitasking or One Thing at a Time Strategy?
In case your life constantly looks like my hectic 12 days I strongly believe that a 5 Extremely Effective Anti Burnout Techniques I wish I knew Earlier Article might turn tables around and help you rearrange things in a positive and at the end even more productive way.