Lots of what I do each day is overhead. At least that’s what I call anything that isn’t directly related to making or creating. Answering emails, returning phone calls, coordinating with others, making plans, traveling to and fro, running errands. These are all examples of the overhead that plagues me each day.
Lots of this overhead is necessary. It’s what keeps clients informed about what I’m doing, it’s what pays the bills (or at least gets the money into the bank), it’s what makes it so that I can use my other time for making and creating.
Necessary nonetheless, this overhead is what stands in my way of doing what I truly love. I consider it a good day when I can get a solid one or two hours of work in without interruptions from overhead.
Often when I look at what other people do, especially people who call themselves managers, it seems to me that all they do is overhead. They do nothing but sit in meetings, coordinate, and communicate. They don’t sit down and do anything.
No wonder so many people dislike their jobs. Still… one person’s overhead might be another person’s fun… right? RIGHT?