Following on from last week’s blog where I promised to give you guys some real insights into my personality by elaborating on what I feel are my bad habits, I have some more quirky traits to share with my readers.
One of my bad habits which irks my wife to no end, is the fact that when I am working frantically to meet a deadline I will sometimes dodge the odd shower or two and overload on coffee. Now, let’s get one thing straight from the offset, I will only shower-swerve when I am working from home, I just wouldn’t do that to the people I work with (or pass in the street). Unfortunately, my wife isn’t afforded the same luxury when I’m in one of my marathon work modes! Despite the occasional whinge that I am turning myself into a caffeine-infused jittery stinky mess, she is quite good about the whole thing, maybe her sense of smell has just adapted over the years!
Personal hygiene is not something that should be compromised when you out in public, whilst in the sanctity of your own home however and with a deadline fast approaching, I think every CEO, university student or pretty much anyone who works where they reside has probably sidestepped the odd shower or two!
Another thing that I do when I am in one of these marathon work sessions is to get by on 4-5 hours sleep a night. As you can imagine, my beloved wife is again the main victim of this habit and has to deal with me taking my 4 hour nap in the middle of the day because I’ve worked through the night. The poor soul has learnt to go about her business in near silence so as not to disturb the precious few hours I will allow myself. Of course it helps that she could sleep through a hurricane, so that when I do get up to start work at some ungodly hour, I usually don’t end up disturbing her slumber! I also have no respect for the so-called “weekend” when the workaholic in me strikes! Family and friends (and of course my long-suffering wife) often get put on the backburner. When I tell people that I won’t be able to attend an event because I have to work, I often hear that “but it’s the weekend” pitch come my way. Unfortunately when you are the CEO of a startup there are no neat boundaries of when one must work and the sanctity of the weekend is definitely disrespected on a regular basis!