In any year, it's challenging to balance work, personal needs, elder care,
and what at times feels like an endless month of Jewish holidays. This second
year of a pandemic-changed world makes it feel more so.
When I was younger, I'd push through, working to the very last moment and
staying up late after the holiday ended. I'd schedule everything for ASAP. Now I'm smarter. I've pushed deadlines
to October, even a few I hadn't
planned on needing to extend.
Younger-me wouldn’t do this. The stigma of taking all that time off (7.5 workdays) felt overbearing. My solution was to work more to resolve that
The truth is, I never
did my best work during this month. Often, I had
to redo things because of careless errors as I rushed to complete tasks.
By providing myself mental space this month to focus on what I deem is
important has been, well life changing. I've been able to attend to high
priority requests timely and have made significant progress on other work (more
than I expected). Most importantly, I've been able to enjoy the holidays with my
whole-self present (and not trying to nap).
Find one task this week to pause. Use that time for reflection. How can
you adjust expectations to improve your work?
I’m not sure how this will translate into the work I have scheduled for October.
Hopefully the lesson of taking time to pause will remain. Passover doesn’t
begin until mid-April.