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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Panic Attack

I had a minor panic attack recently where I was getting ready for bed and all of a sudden thought that I’d forgotten to get the newsletter, or an editorial done. And I didn’t have anything to write about.

Sounds like a bad dream for a writer, and it is. Reminds me of the nightmares I used to have waiting tables where I’d be at work, but constantly falling behind, unable to get people their food or drinks, getting more and more tables, and having complaints coming back constantly. Usually those occurred when I was working lots of hours.

That’s not the case here. I feel busier, and more pressure at times, but the last week hasn’t been overloaded at work. This week has been tough, with family stuff interfering with work during the day, and I’ve been running behind, but not panic’d.

My supply of editorials, however, has been low. There have been two times this year where I went to go shoot a podcast for a couple days away and I realized that I didn’t have any editorials written. Lots of half-written ones, but I had to spend quite a few hours trying to polish something off. Some of them haven’t been as good as I’d like them, and that bothers me.

I used to really worry about running out of things to write about. In seven years I’ve learned that I shouldn’t be worried, and that something will come, but I can’t get overconfident either. I need to work at this on a regular basis.

Something that’s sometimes harder to do than at other times.

Comments

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 16 February 2010

I hate work related dreams.  I hate the middle of the night panic that is "stress" induced.  I do find insight into some of that from your blogs and editorials.  And, I have a blog coming up that is also related.

Posted by Steve Jones on 17 February 2010

Haven't had that in a long time, but it caught my attention. It's been a rough few weeks since vacation.

Posted by Robert Pearl on 17 February 2010

Maybe it's time to do some mountain climbing, skiing, contact sports, anything to reduce your stress!  Tell me, was Andy or Brian at any of these tables?  :-O.  

Seriously, maybe you should have more guest editorials, that could ease the burden on you...Take it easy!

Posted by Steve Jones on 17 February 2010

LOL, no, no founders at tables.

I need some more guest editorials. Ever since coming back from vacation life has been stressful.

Trying to get caught up and breathe a little.

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