But alas, not on Spark. At work.
I have four major - and I mean MAY-JOUR - projects to do in the next two months. They will demand all my time and attention for at least the usual 40 hours a week and quite possibly more than that. My boss certainly expects them to require overtime: he told me to delegate to the rest of the team and authorized unlimited and unquestioned overtime. He also checks in with me every day to make sure that I'm not overwhelmed and am still chuntering on. All of this is really rare. Normally everyone in my office does their own thing and my boss leaves us to it. The good news is that all this hard work should get me promoted. My boss gave me a title bump to go along with all the extra responsibility earlier this year. I'm talkin' about cold, hard cash - to the tune of 7K or so a year. Yup, I've earned it.
So, where does this leave Spark? We all know how much time and effort Spark takes.
Well, I'm not letting it slide. I am cutting my program to bare bones because it's the only thing I'll be able to stick to. But I figure that this is FAR better than stopping altogether. I will do the following things every day:
1. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that is within my calorie range.
2. Drink 8 glasses of water.
3. Exercise for at least 10 minutes, even if it's just a quick walk at work.
4. Sleep for 8 hours.
Eat, drink, exercise, sleep. Easy enough, huh? Well, we'll see.
But here's the thing: I have been very diligent about my plan this week and it's paid huge dividends. I feel healthy and well rested and can focus very well. I'm not stressed and I can break my tasks down into manageable chunks so that I don't feel too daunted. This is a big victory for me. I go through this craziness almost every summer and I've never handled it so well. Usually I'm a stressed out mess. I credit Spark. So I'm stickin' to it.
I will probably seem to disappear during the week. I'll still be tracking everything on SP but most likely won't have time to check in with all my lovely SparkFriends like I usually do. I will check in with everybody on the weekends, so don't think I've forgotten you.
Please do check in with me from time to time - I'm going to need your support if I'm going to make it through June and July.