This week I’ve noticed I’m badly behind my schedule and plans. PANIC. In addition to lagging behind my first coursework due to failure to understand how much time my 4-day conference visit and Easter holidays actually take from normal work weeks, I was also shanghaied to another (useful but heavy workload) course.
I hope I was able to fix the situation a bit by asking help from an experienced colleague in order to prioritize my todo list. I also noticed that I do have a tendency to freeze in case of panic, trying to continue my life as normal-just-slower-actually, instead of pacing up. Looks like I fear more working too much without a purpose, than that of going overdrive and running around like a rabbit yet without being able to get anything done.
I suppose it is a good learning for me to recognize my way of reacting in case of stress. (I have encountered same situation before.) At the same time I’m a bit mad that just this weekend we have a funeral in the family AND extracurricular activities so I can’t just work my way through the pain. But, after learning from experience, I’m really trying to keep my work-life-balance better; solution to panic is not to work more, more, more. Better find solutions to prioritise and drop some tasks altogether. I assume it is not only healthier, but a more productive strategy in the long run.