On stress relief

Japanese Zen garden, by Raul654.

Some things I need to remember about working in a deadline-based industry.

  1. If you don’t push back when you have too much on, people will assume you can manage it all.
  2. People don’t mind when you do push back, provided you’re clear and transparent. Being able to suggest when you could get something done, or who else might be able to do it, is merely a bonus.
  3. If you have something to focus on and get regular interruptions from people, let them know in advance when you’re going to be busy. Manage them and you won’t need to manage yourself.
  4. You might be snowed under but, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, taking 5 or 10 minutes to sit somewhere quiet and do something unrelated (like reading about volcanoes) makes a whole world of difference to how productive you’ll be afterwards.
  5. When building websites for a living, no matter how badly things go wrong, it’s a near certainty that no-one will die as a result.

You know all these things, Owen. For gods’ sake, remember them!

The photo of a Japanese Zen garden used above is taken from the Wikimedia Commons and is dual-licensed under GFDL 1.2 and CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported.

Originally published at owenblacker.wordpress.com on 14 August 2012.

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🇪🇺🏳️‍🌈🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿♿⧖ Mainly-gay, mainly-Welsh political geek; proud social justice warrior+trans ally. @WikiLGBT, @OpenRightsGroup, ex- @mySociety. he/him