Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Rush

Yes, I've been busy. I'm so pleased that I managed to rush out an order for the gardening business in double-quick time. Best friend is away for two weeks and this large order arrived without any warning.

I rolled up my sleeves and was prepared to camp out at the packing station for several days. Thankfully, we have a good system in place, I managed to complete the job in less than a day. It has been years since I've worked under such pressure.

When I was in the design consultancy, we were rushing against time everyday. Every project had a deadline and my life revolved around a 'to-do list'. It was mentally-stimulating and exciting, there was no time to sit and stare. Clients expected me to conjure ideas instantly even though I wasn't trained in design. Some of our designers became temperamental under pressure, so flare-ups were common too. Needless to say, life was stressful then.

I only began to discover life outside of work after I left the creative circle. Slowly, the to-do list disappeared and I was no longer at the client's beck and call. I wasn't chained to my desk, I could travel at a moment's notice and still conduct my business from anywhere in the world. It was liberating.

If there is one thing I miss, then it must be the adrenalin rush. Without the brainstorming sessions and creative ideas coursing through my veins, I can feel my brain cells dying very quickly.

Yet, I must admit that over time, I have grown too accustomed to this relaxed lifestyle, I doubt I can ever survive in the corporate jungle again.

4 comments:

The Real Mother Hen said...

well, if you spend some time here in rural Oregon, you will be very slooooow, like I am now. I can't even do text message and multitask like I used to when living in Singapore.

Amel said...

Ahhhh...I don't think I can work well under pressure...

rokujen` said...

so true...
i dont think i can work well under pressure too.
dont worry abt the braincells tho, Blurting.. you hav so much fulfilment from other things in life. :)

Nick Phillips said...

I know how that feels to have no time for yourself ...