Something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is the difference in mental capacity of school vs work. I’m sure this doesn’t apply as a blanket statement for all jobs, but with my current work I find that my focus is over spread across multiple projects at the same time. I remember when I was younger, I used to think that multitasking was something that I could do easily; thinking about multiple things at once and working on all of them.
Sometimes I get asked about if I’m considering going back to school for a postgraduate degree or something like that. And currently my answer is that I don’t currently have an idea I’d like to focus on yet. Often with work, I don’t get to spend much time on a project before I have to shift my focus to something else that is more important. There is so much of my time that isn’t under my own control because the priorities shift from underneath me. Whereas in school, there were always clear deadlines and you knew when you had to get stuff done.
This largely comes down to me wishing my work involved a deep dive into a project for a week or two, focusing solely on one thing and getting it done. And then moving on to the next one. This falls largely into agile methodology and setting deadlines and tasks so that there is always a queue and everybody knows what the priority is.
But this breaks down when there aren’t set deadlines and set priorites, which has me always wondering how much time I should spend on a task.