You ever "hit the wall"?
I don't mean, "hit the wall hard", I mean just standard "hitting the wall"...
Yeah, sure, of course you have. Everyone does.
(Unless this is an American English expression only... "hitting the wall" means a certain kind of fatigue kicks in when you've been working a lot, and immediately your work quality starts to suffer and nothing gets done)
Anyways, one of the more interesting things about time tracking is sometimes I make a note about what I'm doing or feeling between tracking. An observation: I almost never do good work after hitting the wall.
Day's been awesome. Up at 5:30AM, worked 12 hours today. Also got in some exercise, and did some reading at a nice little French bakery. I wish the day wouldn't end. But I've hit the wall. I was about to try to power through and keep working, and then I realize - who am I kidding? Every time I try to do that, nothing gets done and the quality is terrible anyways.
This doesn't mean just feeling inertia. That's something else. You can power through inertia.
No, The Wall is different. It's like you've been massively kicking ass, but then you hit the wall. Suck. Alright, time for food, or a nap, or to go to bed and wake up in the morning. The Wall has arrived. I acquiesce! I'm going to bed now. Morning will come soon enough.
I used to not respect The Wall. I'm learning to. Bedtime for me.
It's funny when you write a draft of a post, don't finish it, and see you did the opposite course - yesterday I did 10 hours of work, then met a friend for two hours, and I tried to do a bit more before sleeping - but only got 20 minutes of work done in the next 3 hours. Today I thought about just going to bed really early, didn't, and got very little work done in the last five hours of the day... so, note to self - respect the wall.
Must have something to do with the energy level... There's a certain amount available, after which you need to rest/sleep.
Interesting... In my case, I work 40 hours a week and do a lot of "Work after work". Since it's 8 hours a day, and I sometimes work in the morning, I often hit the wall when I get home. Anywhere between 6pm and 11pm+. It happens ALL the time. I just can't take it anymore! Must... Sleep!
For me there is a bunch of different walls, if I've
been studiyng/reading a whole day it donsnt
seem to affect my ability to work out/running or do things that is
Also hitting the wall to often could be a motivationkiller.. I try
to stay away frome it... (time tracking have helpt me to now how much usually is too much..)
Want to hear one of the strangest things I've found by time tracking?
Often, a really big and important task will only take 20 minutes of time to do when I sit down to get it done.
The thing is, it's not really 20 minutes. It's 20 minutes of action, after already spending three hours thinking about it over the course of a few days.
But it dawns on me - the hardest part of many hazy tasks is figuring out what to do. Almost any time we look at a hard task, our mind runs through the quick options and makes a decision.
A lot of times, we leave things alone if there's no great action to take. But, that means we're probably duplicating the thinking part of the effort many, many times.
A few days ago, I was putting off writing a newsletter. I'd been putting it off for days.
Why? Because it was a huge, unclear, creative, hairy goal.
Until, one day, I promised myself that it would be done. And I did it. And it only took a few hours. And it wasn't that hard.
I'd created a monster in my head. A huge mountain of a task to scale when, in fact, this was something I had done hundreds of times before and could do again.
There was a hard part. The first 10 minutes. I had to go from off to writing, while surmounting the unknown structure and beginning to put words on paper.