Stress can be a good thing. No stress in your life and you’re stuck on a plateau where motivation is neither welcomed nor refused. Too much stress, however, and you end up frazzled, producing sub-standard work, and watching your life disappear before your eyes. I’ve realized that the trick to happiness is finding the perfect balance between the two extremes. It’s not easy.
Lately, I’ve been working over 12 hours per day, and still the amount accomplished is so much less than I need to get done. Given there is no real set beginning or end to the day, it’s admittedly easy to get caught up in a less important task or other distraction, as I know I’ll be working well into the evening and night regardless of how productive I am during the day. The more productive I am, the more I get done, the more I need to get done. It’s the nature of my job that there’s no “finishing” and there’s never “enough.”
A part of me loves that kind of stress, and thrives on it. Some of my best work is created when I’m exhausted, when I’m so tired I can’t even find the energy to worry, and I sit down and just write. But lately I’m even more exhausted than that. I don’t think I’ve been this constantly stressed out before, feeling like I am having one ongoing panic attack.
I’m trying hard to prioritize and focus on one project at a time so I can feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, and thus tone down the stress level a bit, but there’s too much going on that is a priority to stop and focus on any one thing. I’ve been reading a bit lately how multi-tasking, despite what resume-writers might want you to believe, is actually a detriment to productivity.
I prefer to work hard for success and praise, but there must be something I can do to make all of this stress more manageable. Do you have any tips?