I’ve been nose to the grindstone on some software tasks for a long time now. More than the regular commitment of getting things done. Beyond that and well into burning the midnight oil, as well as getting up at silly o’clock. Sometimes this is necessary to meet a deadline or push through a particular difficulty, but it’s not sustainable.
Especially if this deep work is enjoyable and fulfilling (as it needn’t be onerous to be all-consuming) we can lose sight of our day to day needs. We can forget to take care of ourselves, or allow colleagues and managers to neglect our need for time out.
Doing deep work can accomplish much, but we must still come up for air.