I never thought I would say this, but for the first time in my life, I'm actually beginning to overwork myself, and I don't even have the excuse of shitty work hours now I have a new job with shorter shifts. My current shifts include working on three weekdays for around three and a half hours from 4pm to 7:30pm, whilst weekends last from 8:30 to 1:00pm. This wouldn't be that bad considering my current position and the pay (although not ideal for living on my own without adding in an extra shift), however, despite the short distance between home and work, I still have to fight my way through school rush or mid-day traffic at least once, so the actually journey times are actually 20-30 minutes for a journey of only 10 miles at least, and to play it safe, I give myself at least another 15 minutes. It also mean's that on weekdays, I'm not typically back in until 8:10pm.
The result is I now have to eat early dinners at 2pm at the latest rather than the typical 5-6:30 slot, which changes a few dynamics. This doesn't seem that bad, but I am also still actively training in the new job. That included rescue training that lasted eight hours on each of two days, and I'm due to take part in another set of training practicals this weekend. Not only that, but I have to go back over some assignments for small amendments, which will still take time with how many documents there are.
Again, fairly managable, except I am also going out on Tuesdays for an Acting Course, albeit one that I am enjoying very much, but it does mean another three hours and half an hour drive each way again. The result of all this scheduling, and the way the training and work/shadowing sessions are going, starting from the 22nd of Jan (a few days ago), I'll be out doing some kind of work, training or praticals for 13 straight days.
With only one day off before I'm back in to work, and the sooner I can get the training done, the sooner I can take up actual classes to teach that will free others to focus on their studies.
And on top of that, there is also the creative work I'm going at in my spare time, which includes the following:
- Three Seperate Writing Projects
- One very large novel, Nyulfur, that I'm trying to work out how to get edited/published.
- One shorter novella, The Ship of Aurora, currently a WIP for the first draft.
- One fan-fic to get a small fanbase built up and to get some experience, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Guardians of Balance.
- Art practice so I can eventully take commissions. The problem with this is once I actually get into a rhythm, I find it very hard to actually stop working on said art now (my new avatar being a case in point).
- Running a large RP on SB, whilst also trying to keep up with character and world posts and updating records.
The latter two I often spend three or more hours looking at in the morning before I have to get something to eat, then when I get back, I'm often doing another couple of hours at least looking at anyone of the three until I head off to bed (often whilst simultaniously watching something, since myself and the family have been collectively been binging films and series since the start of the pandemic). Only then do I listen to some music or otherwise relax before calling in.
It's now becoming pretty apparent that I'm literally doing too much. Hopefully once the training calms down, I can ease back a bit, but still... after years of often being called lazy, I'm now actually overworking myself. And again, this is after dropping a 9-5 job in order to change careers and to focus on said creative endevours.
Don't get me wrong, some of this stuff is really fun. But it's still work... and beyond cutting back on some involvement in the RP (I've already said that I might be culling some of my own involvement/temporarily poofing myself in some cases), I actually have no idea how to do this...