50+ Hours a Week and NOW, Its Mid-December, Ouch!

First, you and I both know its a been sometime since I sat down at the old keyboard just to hash out a few words into this here blog. My good intentions since summer have failed due to the numerous tasks mounting at work and those at home. I have been struggling probably just as much as others around me, beside me or across the street from me. Its just I haven’t noticed.

The daily routine has been beaten and driven into me a new sense of non-urgency on everything! Project timelines are slipping, demands from client’s are rising, expectations of others within departments at my own facility are escalating and I am putting in on average 50+ hours a week, to try and stay on top of the chaos.

Chaos – /ˈkāˌäs/ complete disorder and confusion.

Chaos more or less is the disorderly fashion that I have learnt to live by in the last 2 1/2 months. The complete and udder disorder which is confusing and blurring the lines of mutual beneficial aids. Documents are slipping, production is low, hours are long and hard, projects are becoming more convoluted as the days grow on. There needs to be an end to the chaotic motions in front of me.

I am told, that there will be help soon from another source within the firm. Help which needs to first be educated, and trained, and implemented not just the “usual” tossed to the wolves, and hope for the best. No, this time, has to be different. My eyes are tired from reading contracts, my thoughts are scattered from the numerous notes which have been written and all I have to show for it, is this brand new couch!

In the midst of the chaos, I have been trying to study for the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. My studies… were doing great 10 weeks ago. I was putting in on average 15 hours of study time, after work and on the weekends. This week, I don’t think I picked up either book the Project Manager Book of Knowledge commonly referred to as PMBOK, or the PMP Prep Exam book, or any of the 5 testing apps on my smartphone.

I am looking forward to the breaks coming up at both Christmas and New Years. I am hoping the tiredness will be turned into awareness, as my eyes watch snowflakes fall from the sky. Instead of crunching numbers, estimating positions, determine resource availability, testing my memory and reading the numerous study questions and answering them in a more proficient manner. That is my goal for the remainder of this year.

What is / are your goal(s) for the remainder of 2017?

~ James Curtis