When you are faced with a technological challenge for a couple of weeks and you are also in the middle of a huge upgrade of your website which involves uploading a whole database of properties individually onto a new site taking 10 – 15 minutes each property you really need to make the most use of your time.
When some challenges come up in your personal life at the same time and you need to spend the day sorting them for a long time meaning that your time is compromised in the same way then you realise that the only option is to start working the nightshift.
Now I have to say this that I am not averse to working at night when there are fewer distractions around, usually aged 6 and 4, but working until 4 or 5am and getting up a couple of hours later to get everybody ready for school can be a little tiring.
Luckily we live in Spain where the siesta is not frowned upon.
So what have I been doing while trying to catch up with everything. Well one of the things is that I have been watching a lot of cricket, or rather the cricket has been on in the background while I was trying to sort out my hard drive. The first test match between the Aussies and England was amazing because despite having more than 10 hours of time working and with the cricket on I did not see one wicket. Coming into the second test I was expecting the same and three wickets fell in the first ten minutes. Amazing things like this you discover on the night shift.
You also discover the wonders of Spotify for listening to some great music while you are grinding out property after property into the database. You discover the Awe app on the iPad to find new music to appreciate too. In fact after about five nights of these sessions you will actually listen to anything to relieve the tedium.
And then something amazing happens.
You discover that for the first time in years that you are actually bored. At this point you realise that there must be some way that this job could have been outsourced and your brain starts pondering the methods to actually make the process easier if this ever happens again.
You come up with idea after idea in your nighttime delirium and eventually you find one that you think can work very, very well so you start working on that project too.
This one is one to ship though.
What does that mean? Well you decide that you will get it out the door in just a week and that means of course that you get back on the nightshift to make sure it is ready on time.
And so the treadmill continues…