Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Work Hours

It's that time again. A few days ago I worked ~16 hours in a single day, which I admit was a bit overboard. However, that's the holidays for you. There's a lot to do and not enough time in the day to do it.

So, I'm going to talk about my particular brand of self-destruction: working too hard.

I like working long hours in Fangamer's mailroom. I've enjoyed it since I first arrived nearly three years ago. Most of my work these days keeps me from the mailroom, but the holidays are a time when I get to finally indulge in the mailroom with abandon.

Unfortunately, working long hours makes people worry about me. It's a weird sensation, having people worry about you when you're doing something you love to do. It reminds me of when my parents were concerned about me spending long hours on the computer or playing video games.

I understand the concern. I really can work myself to exhaustion if I'm not careful. When I worked that 16 hour shift the other day it felt really great to get so much done, but I certainly regretted it when I woke up at noon the next day.

I'm going to chalk that up to being out of practice, though--I think I can manage 10-12-hour days without ill effects. But will I be able to do that without feeling guilty about making people worried? I'm not so sure.

My only personal concern about working long hours right now is how it will affect my blog posts. I believe my lack of time and general tiredness after long days at work make my Basic Income posts somewhat incoherent. Which is unfortunate, since I really wanted to get into that further. Alas, I think any deep discussion about important things may have to wait a couple of weeks as we ship out as much as we can before the shipping window closes.

In the meantime it's all podcasts and my music playlist until further notice. I think my theme song this holiday season is Hip to Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News. Though, if we're being honest, that's kind of my theme song all the time.

I've also finally caught up on This American Life to the point where I'm listening to episodes I first listened to the they aired, back when I first started getting into the program. I listen to more podcasts now than I did then, but I'm saving them for my trip back home later this month. So, I've been relying on Ira Glass to keep me company while I work.

Given all of that, I think I've come up with a couple of topics for upcoming blogs: my anti-social nature, and the Revolutions podcast that I was listening to before I switched back to This American Life.

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