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what do you do when you're almost there, but feel all beat?

Postby kirkward » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:11 am

Wullo,

I'm just taking a break and wanted to chat.

There always seems to be so much to do when you're trying to build a product and a website, and induce people to work with you. It seems like a real long journey, and it seems like you can get really physically tired.

Right now, I'm so physically tired from sitting here thinking about what to do, that I don't seem to be able to get moving on the things I know need to be done.

I know it's probably a common phenomenon, but I just wanted to rant and ask everyone here, if they ran into the same thing. How about it? Does sitting at a computer physically wear you out? If so, how do you get the tension out?

I'd love to hear your response.

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Postby JosephRatliff » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:24 am

Kirk,

Yep. Been there.

I am a "planner" by nature, so when I do feel tired to the point where execution is minimal...I just take a break for a day or two...recharge the batteries.

Then, when I come back...I focus on the objectives in my plans, which include (surprise) income targets. :)

That usually seems to work.
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Postby mellymom3 » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:18 pm

I am a bad one for working until I can't think anymore. Most of my family is always warning me I will burn myself out, yet I can't seen to stop until my body says it needs a break.
I actually just got over a little bit of a break. Although I knew I still had a deadline to meet, I had to just take a few days off, go play with my kids, take long walks in the finally nice weather, play some cards, watch a funny movie, and above all DO NOT think of work!

Usually does the trick. 2 days later, my ideas are back, my motivation is on target, and my body is once again energized.
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Postby kirkward » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:51 pm

Me too. I find I get more done when I have only two things facing me ... a deadline and a specific goal. Multiple tasks seem to distract me, and right now I have a list of over fifty things to do, just to get started! Jeez.

With one thing at a time, I can work for nights and days without stop. Once I make a list to help me get organized, it all falls apart because I start feeling like there's more than one person can handle.

mellymom3 wrote:I am a bad one for working until I can't think anymore. Most of my family is always warning me I will burn myself out, yet I can't seen to stop until my body says it needs a break.
I actually just got over a little bit of a break. Although I knew I still had a deadline to meet, I had to just take a few days off, go play with my kids, take long walks in the finally nice weather, play some cards, watch a funny movie, and above all DO NOT think of work!

Usually does the trick. 2 days later, my ideas are back, my motivation is on target, and my body is once again energized.
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Postby mellymom3 » Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:57 pm

I hear ya Kirk.

I know it pays to be organized but I can relate. When you see all the tasks and then throw in the deadlines on top...(screaming, pulling hair)

But, that is when we need to take a breath, and write a list just for the day. Only list the must dos and that is it. We need to pretend the other stuff is not there or else our minds will try to hinder our intent.

I always tell myself that as long as I have accomplished the one thing that was the most necessary to do that day, I accomplished something. Productive days does not mean, everything has to be complete.

It's all good. Keep smiliing, keep sipping on the coffee, keep the radio tuned to your favorite station, and don't forget to open the window now that is is Spring!
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Postby shortstack » Mon May 19, 2008 1:59 pm

Hi Kirk,

I agree with mellymom3! Lists are so great for prioritizing, goal-setting, organization, and of course, checking things off!

Joseph is right on, too. It's ok to s-l-o-w down and take a few days rest, if needed. In fact, I think it's vital! Otherwise we burn out, or become really scattered, or at least I do. I need to replenish my energy reserves now and again.

Take scheduled breaks, and not just for coffee. Do something nice for Kirk, like an afternoon or evening out with a pal or whatever it is that floats your boat.

The next day, you will feel refreshed and less overwhelmed. Keep chipping away at the big things and remember it is the baby steps that get you there!

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Postby queenofkaos » Tue May 20, 2008 5:52 am

Hi Guys, I call that condition "the fog". Sitting at the computer can definitely wear you out, especially if you are doing a lot of thinking type stuff.

Getting regular exercise sounds obvious but it really works. I find the best thing is to schedule a walk every day - even 15 minutes really helps me to clear my head. The fresh air helps too.

Also, I find it to be like a walking meditation, if I'm stuck on something, many times answers will come to me during my walk.

It gets the blood pumping which feeds your brain and every cell.

It may seem like just one more thing to do, but it really is one of those things that will increase the quality of your work and your health too, which can really suffer if you're spending a lot of time sitting at the computer.

And definitely get up for a stretch of some kind at least every few hours, even if just to walk to the kitchen for a glass of water, another great brain booster.

Over the winter I started drinking more water, now that it's a habit, I am often surprised when it gives me a bigger energy boost than coffee.

I've heard that sometimes when we are tired we are dehydrated.

One more thing :) I find that compartmentalizing tasks (I call it using time pockets) helps me because instead of a long line of tasks to complete, I feel finished as I move through each pocket. It reduces the feeling of burn out that comes with a never ending work list.
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Postby Mel » Tue May 20, 2008 10:05 am

I've been there too and it's not fun.

What I do first is call in reinforcements, my teenagers, my assistant or other contractor to get them started on things that I don't necessarily have to do and then I take a couple days off to re-energize. I find this helps keep the project moving along yet I get a much needed break.
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Postby shortstack » Tue May 20, 2008 5:23 pm

Wow--reinforcements! Now that is a great concept. Thanks for sharing!

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Postby skyjoe76 » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:48 pm

When I'm tired, my brain can't work anymore, I will go over to my playstation to whack the controller.

Sometimes I will check out youtube on some funny clips. It does help me to loosen up.

If I felt that I have done a great job, I will buy myself a coke as a form of celebration, and I will shout "YES" to feel great. When I drink the coke, I will let out a "ahhhhhh"
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Postby LeisaWatkins » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:43 am

Kirk,

I know what you mean. I have actually fallen asleep at the computer three times the past few months. And started falling asleep watching movies with the family. I tend to hyperfocus and work on a task until it's done. I know it's not healthy and I've been trying to develop a more balanced approach to getting my work done.

Jan I love your suggestions. I have started taking a few breaks and walking outside for a few minutes. That has helped.

I found that a 30 minute nap really helps as well, but it is rare that I can get 30 minutes of uninterrupted time around here.
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Postby queenofkaos » Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:33 am

Hi Leisa, I'm a napper too! I find that 20 minutes is my average time, but even a 10 minute lie down can help if I'm exhausted and don't have time.

I find it gives me a longer day past the 20 minutes that it takes, I can wake up much earlier. I shoot for 5:30 these days and don't usually get to bed until around 11:00.

I need a lot of sleep and could never do it without a nap, although some days I do, and some days I'm dragged out and need to get a bit of extra sleep.

It always pays for me to get the sleep, otherwise I just can't think properly and I really think that it effects our brains long term.

I know that the continual waking through the night with my 3 kids and then the scattered brain through the day left me with a poorer memory or ability to concentrate - or maybe it's aging brain cells or stress - or a bit of all.

Staying healthy, reducing stress and getting proper sleep are all things that really boost brain power and ultimately our productivity although they are often not the first thing we think of - stretching as far as we can usually is. At least that was my experience and it seems to be common, at least at first.

I also get obsessed with projects and really have to force myself to stay balanced although I don't really like it. I'm often fighting with myself to stay on track.

In the end staying balanced is always a better approach, otherwise everything else goes to you know what and I end up ditching the project 90% finished because it becomes necessary to catch up with the other stuff and I never get back to it.

I'm actually finishing up a project from last summer right now on exactly this subject - and I'm doing it in a balanced manner :0)

I've put aside 3 hours every am - 5:30 - 8:30 to work on it. It gets put off sometimes if it can't be helped, but otherwise, it's a non negotiable.

I'm making good progress with it and am very excited to be finally finishing it up.
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Postby Li Weng » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:25 pm

Take several breaks to recharge yourself.

It's about efficiency, not about doing hours and hours of work.

If you're talking about internet marketing. Yes it requires some work, but it doesn't have to be hard. The reason that I got into it is the spare time it gives for me to do things I enjoy.
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