Know Your Limits
So a couple of weeks ago, I pushed myself to the limit. For three weeks I’d worked 74+ hours at both my jobs, did my part to maintain my home, and took time to spend with my fiancee. This led to me going to bed no earlier than 1am and most of those evenings (or early mornings) staying up past 3am. I didn’t sleep a lot, and after those three weeks of subsisting on coffee and finding time to take small naps my immune system deteriorated and I got pretty sick. I don’t get sick a lot. It was the first day I ‘ve taken off from illness from my job in 18 months. Lucky for me I bounce back quickly and I was only down and out for a few days, but I did miss a local convention I wanted to cover for the Misdirected Mark Podcast and had to call in some help to get a few things done.
So I found my limit and now I’ve started to readjust what I can and can’t do. I’m trying to actually sleep for at least 6 hours a night (which I’ve been successful at for 10 out of 14 days), drink less coffee by limiting myself to one cup every 24 hours (which of course I’ve broken once but at least it was only once), and drink a lot more water (which I’ve been very successful with). I’m also getting a little more exercise in, aside from the seven or so miles I walk at work every day. So far so good.
The lesson here is know thyself. It’s OK to push yourself to the edge sometimes but once you’ve found the edge, or fallen off it, you need to step back and do a little self analysis to make sure you don’t do it again. I feel that is the space where you can find your most efficient self and become the best version of yourself you can be, not just as a creative, but in anything.