From Minor League Sports to a Major Juggling Act: Part 2

Monday, August 22. That was my last day off. It wasn’t even the final day off the Worcester Tornadoes had this past season, but I have had to do at least some work for one (or more) of my jobs on every single day since. Yes, that includes Saturdays, Sundays, Thanksgiving and my birthday (for what it’s worth). Although the first question you may ask me would probably be, “Why would you do that to yourself?” I think the more interesting query is “How do you stay sane during that length of time?”

To answer the first question, it’s that I don’t mind the increased workload (under most conditions). For the second, it’s a bit more complicated, and I don’t claim to have a complete answer at this point (or maybe ever).

It’s no secret that I love the jobs I have. Like any other jobs out there, I like certain parts, but other tasks aren’t nearly as fun. It doesn’t mean I would give any of it up, but I’d be crazy to think that I’m supposed to enjoy every single minute of every day I work. The majority of my duties feature challenges, an adaptable but solid structure, and the ability to make me feel I’ve accomplished something worthwhile. As long as I have those three things, I’m content working, even if it’s more than a traditional 40-hour work week.

I’m in the midst of a couple of big projects for the Tornadoes while ramping up the interactivity of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award brand away from our social media pages and calling Providence Bruins games on the weekends. I won’t labor on about details, since the last thing anyone (maybe even including a potential employer) would want to read is someone recapping every single thing they do, when and why.

The ability to bounce back and forth between jobs in a given week– and sometimes day– actually makes it easier to get stuff done. I’ve learned that according to a study I read recently online (apologies for not having a link), people work best in 90-minute spurts, with at least a 5 minute break in between them. That technique, along with a few others, is what I’ve tried to incorporate into my work style to get the most out of each day.

 I don’t know whether it’s ironic, a coincidence, or none of the above, but my most productive days seem to be at the hockey rink. Since I barely worked multiple jobs during baseball season with many more team-specific responsibilities there, I can’t fairly factor the HIP into my favorite places for work. When I work at home, I don’t think I’m any more or less productive than I am at the Hill Holliday offices. For whatever reason, whether it be that I get to broadcast later that day, I’m slightly cold from the ice so I don’t get too comfortable or whatever else, I cross more items off of my to-do list at the “Dunk” in Providence than anywhere else.
Let the record show that on Sunday, November 27, I did absolutely nothing for any of my jobs. I contemplated writing this post then, but realized that an unplugged day might be best. I never realized a Pimp My Ride Marathon on the SPEED Network could be anything but mind-numbing. The Pats game helped me pass the time too, and I grabbed lunch plus a few accessories for my Kindle Fire at Best Buy.
I won’t have to wait long for my next off-day luckily. It’s this Sunday, when there are no college football games, the P-Bruins are off, and I have no obligations with the Tornadoes. Just like an off-day on a baseball schedule, you can’t really fight it. Just enjoy it when you can, because you can always use an opportunity to recharge.
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