Rely on facts. Or at the very least, take them into consideration.
I’m starting to recognize the benefits of this. For three years I worked in a position that required strict adherence to deadlines. To an extent I thrived, but because I had a hard time delineating “work” from “play,” I eventually started feeling like my personal life had become very regimented.
Which is not necessarily the most fun way to approach life.
So, as is standard of me, I then flipped to the other extreme. And had a visceral reaction to any activity or occupation that contained a component which looked like a quantifiable benchmarks. I preferred a process that charted individualized change over time.
But, I finally learned, that used solely, it is also limiting.
So I’m starting to find a place in the middle where I am comfortable. A place that is individualized to suit me but incorporates some conventional practices.
For example, it is almost noon on Tuesday. This morning I realized that at noon today I will have worked 12 wage-earning hours, a standard place to be at this point in the week. However, I have gotten here through a less conventional timeline. Sunday night from 6.00 pm to 1.00 am Monday morning and then this morning from 6:00 am to 11:00 am.
It’s true that right now I don’t have a way to make up the wage-earning hours not allocated by my part-time retail job. I’m working on that though. But while I do, I’m glad that I am able to take pride in the fact that I’m still working 5 and 6 hour shifts. Even if they aren’t the same everyday.
For now, this schedule suits me.