The Big Crunch
Polygon (a video game journal website) just released a lengthy article about crunch time. The context was how it relates to the video game industry and for those unaware, it's often cited as being a huge issue within huge game companies. Employees are overworked, underpaid, and crunch time seems to happen all of the time.
However, the author wanted to highlight the pros of crunch time and I thought, "why don't I give my 2 cents?"
I am a huge procrastinator, especially when the task I'm given doesn't interest or motivate me to complete it. I'll often just put it off for as long as I can and then when the deadline is just around the corner, I'll get it done real quick. That's how I find motivation.
You may think that doing things this way can often lead to mistakes being made and while that's true, mistakes can also be made if you complete a task in a timely manner. Plus, I never put something off until the very last minute where I had just enough time to complete it without any proofreading or testing being done after. Crunch time can be a good thing as long as you also have time to test things.
I think crunch time, in any field of work, can be a good thing. It breaks up the monotony. Crunch time implies there is a deadline, and that's a good thing. And it provides a good rush for those who do enjoy the looming deadline.
My current job is great. It's very laid back, I get to manage my own projects and even lead the creation of new projects. But this often leads to the lack of deadlines since I am the only person in my department. Some may think I have the best job in the world, but for me, it can honestly be hard sometimes finding the motivation to do something. I don't ever have a crunch time unless I'm trying to finish something up before the end of the day.
That said, my point is that for some the presence of a crunch time is actually a good thing. And for others, it's bad. I believe there are 2 important rules to keep in mind wherever you may work:
1) Any job will have its ups and downs. There are times when you'll love what you are working on and times when you will hate it and you're not alone.
2) Whether or not you job has crunch time, it's important to know how you work and what YOU can do to give your best effort at your job.
Photo Credit to Dwayne Bent: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zengei/
Polygon Article: https://www.polygon.com/2017/8/23/16184068/why-i-worship-crunch