My Week: Productivity and Guiltless Relaxation
Written by James 0n 7th Jan, 2006
Don’t all gasp at once, but it’s been a pretty good week for me!
When we last spoke it was New Year’s eve, and I had decided on a quiet night in. Which I almost got – it was a night in, but not so quiet since upstairs were having a party. A VERY loud party. A VERY loud party where Kylie Minogue’s 80’s horror “I Should Be So Lucky” was for some reason a very popular choice and so was repeated several times. Still, I can’t begrudge them a loud party on New Year’s Eve (I’m not *that* grumpy!) and it came to a fairly abrupt halt at midnight anyway. I had a pleasent night in front of the TV, the 2005 TV Review was fairly entertaining although arguably the most pointless awards ever, and there was no hassle. So I don’t regret it.
I have no idea what happened to New Year’s Day, I just couldn’t be bothered to do anything. As I mentioned I was going to reflect on last year and formulate a vague plan for this year, but I never got around to it in any depth (probably a waste of time anyway). I have however come to the conclusion that this year I’m going to try to be a bit more selfish. That sounds horrible, and it probably is, but there have been some occasions in the past where I have worried more about how my decisions will affect other people than about what I want/need/should do. So hopefull this year I’ll get the balance right, and you won’t all hate me by March!
On Monday I resumed work (no bank holiday’s here), but of course this now means actually leaving the flat and going to the office, rather than sitting in front of my computer at home and resisting urges to get distracted. This week I have been in Monday-Friday, and done (on average) 10-6 each day. And more importantly, I have got work done. I think I achieved more this week than in the whole of December and probably most of November as well, which has really cheered me up. Not only am I making progress during the day but when I leave work in the evening and go home I can do so guilt free and not feel bad about doing what I want to do in my spare time. This week that has largely consisted of meeting friends for dinner, which has been great as I haven’t seen most of them since before Christmas.
Eating out probably won’t be that common for long since it’s hardly condusive to my current economy drive, which has been induced by (a) really poor sales in November and December and (b) the increased costs associated with the office. This has been worrying me somewhat, in that in combination these events/decisions give us very little time to get our current projects done (which will allow for expansion in order to hopefully drive up sales). We have a deadline in place which is ambitious but achievable, but looking at the financial side there really isn’t much room for that deadline to slip.
On the other hand, this week has been the best start to a month in terms of sales for ages, and although it’s too early to tell, January does tend to be quite profitable (for various technical reasons which I shan’t go into). This is definitely well-timed given we had a weekly review yesterday (I know it sounds like I’m turning into a horrid middle-manager but it really is useful to sit down and discuss progress properly each week) and although the deadline is still achievable, it hit home just how much there is to do is a very short period of time. So all in all it balances out quite nicely, and for the moment I’m not worried. I might even go as far to say I’m pleased.
So that’s work… as for the weekend so far, nothing exciting to report. The usual routine this mornig, though it was quite cold and drizzly so not a very pleasent walk. Had a pepperoni pizza for lunch which seems to be disagreeing with me, but then it is intended for 2. Still got the paper to read, so will probably do that once I’ve done this.
Another post coming right up with some thoughts on the week’s news… except that will appear above this, so you’ve probably already read it.