I need to temporarily become a workaholic
August 21, 2011 5:33 PM Subscribe
I need to work my butt off, burn the candle at both ends, turn on the afterburners, etc etc. I can work just fine, but I don't know how to be that guy who puts in 16 hour days and sleeps on a cot in his office. How do I become that guy?
posted by tempythethird to Work & Money (35 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
I need to get a project (a web/mobile app) off the ground within the next six months or so, otherwise the project will fail. (The reasons for this deadline aren't relevant to the question.)
I have no reason to think that it will fail. The project is off to a good start. It's at the edge of my capabilities, but I have no reason to doubt that I won't be able to pull it off, the issue is simply time.
The time that I have is sufficient if I work my butt off, and there's my problem. I have no problems putting in 6 quality hours a day, plus 2-3 more that are half-hearted and procrastinaty. What I need to do now though is to burn the candle at both ends, 10-12 hours a day 7 days a week. (I know its unhealthy but this will be temporary and there very much is an exit plan.) The problem is that I've never done this, and don't really know how to do it.
I say yes to friends when I should say no, I lose hours to coffee or a movie or a whole day when one beer turns into four and I have a hangover. I somehow find that an inordinate amount of time goes into making food and the basic errands of keeping my life functioning. I feel like every day, I either haven't called my parents in weeks and really need to do that, or I should really answer that email from my dear friend that's sitting unanswered, or I really need to finally clean the goddamn bathtub. Every day, a bunch of these little things will add up. I try to limit my sleep to 6-7 hours but keep hitting snooze until my body gets its usual 8.5. Worst of all, after putting in a good 6-7 hours of work my brain turns to mush and no matter how hard I push myself no further work will happen, or at least not anything that's intellectually strenuous.
I feel a little weird asking this question because I feel like the reply will mostly be "just do it." Perhaps I simply don't have the willpower to pull this off. If so, is there anything that I can do to "expand" it?