November 18, 2013:
I'm writing this post on Saturday after a rather successful installation drew to a close on Friday for our #WellsHill project. We've still got things to be installed, heck the client still has to actually move IN but we're substantially complete which is a great place to be with a month to go until Christmakkah. I'm actually not even sure when Hannukah starts this year, it's probably only a few weeks away at this point I'm guessing.
I'm faking holiday spirit at the moment because I've got too many other deadlines to meet.
I have said that I thrive on a deadline in the past - yes they force me to buckle down and getter done but I'm actually resenting them - they are giving me chest pains and making falling asleep difficult at the moment. I'm even considering napping which is not something I ever really do but I often find that post installs I'm rendered utterly spent and in need of some major down time.
I used to have a business partner back when I went full time into this Design Biz. A good friend at the time - yes PAST TENSE - who loved organization and the business side of things. As our relationship degenerated, she, the QUEEN of Passive Aggressive used to book me appointments at the end of the day on a Friday followed by another one first thing on a Saturday or several in a day. If you have ever made a presentation to an individual or group - imagine trying to do this a few times in a 24hr period. I mean the one presentation alone is enough to wreck you - right?? You get all amped up, you present, you ride the high for a short while after (if it was successful, if it is less than, you hit bottom all the faster) and then you crash and land into a state of pure goo. Fortunately, I got rid of this toxic influence and business has been on an upswing ever since and I rarely if ever book multiple presentations in a week let alone a day.
Installations are presentations on steroids. They are physical and repetitious - especially if there are stairs involved. Good footwear is a must. Sure you can hire people to move furniture too and fro but sometimes you just have to dig deep and find yourself undoing a crate that was curbside delivered with a manual screwdriver and hoisting the chests into the house with your trusty right hand who is a size Double Zero at best. If the client is nearby the install or present, the stress is tripled. This is even without any contentious issues present - if there are problems to resolve, we're into double digits on the stress metre. Heck, maybe triple or higher.
And then other times, it all slides into gear and you have a client who appreciates your hard work, your personal investment in the process and rewards you with an enthustiastic appreciation for all your hardwork and you get to relax. It still means that the next day, you're only capable of monosyllabic grunts but it is totally worth it.