I worked 16 hours yesterday to finish a database transfer to a new server for a client. This morning – only a couple of hours after going to bed – life demanded that I be on duty again. We had a mouse in a mousetrap that I had to release (it was a glue trap so the mouse was essentially uninjured). I was not going to kill it with the kids around – especially when we live close enough to fields where we can release it. That was the beginning of things to do that prevented me from sleeping even so late as 8:00am. I put in another 2 1/2 hours configuring the server for our client before everything was in working order and then there were errands to run etc.

I’m sure that that kind of crunch time would be draining for most people (and sometimes it is for me), but I find that finishing a major project – even if that means working extreme hours – leaves me refreshed. I have the load of the project removed and when I work long hours to finish it I also look forward to taking some comp time later which means actual daytime hours to spend with my family or working on my own projects.

By the time today was done I had not only bought Christmas stockings for the whole family (which we have meant to do for years) but I had decorated them for each person in the family. Now I have comp time to take next week and Christmas stockings that I can enjoy for years to come.

About David

David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.
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