- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Paying Market Value
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Gearing Strategies for All Play Schedules
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Planning, Scheduling, and Plotting (in-game and out)
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Don’t Procrastinate
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Working Stupid Hours
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Professions
- The Casual Raider’s Handbook: Night Before Raid Checklist
Lately I’ve been working stupid hours, which is one of the many reasons I love our weekend night raiding schedule. There is almost no chance that I will get stuck at work on a Friday or Saturday night. I can sign up for realsies instead of putting “tentative.”
What I did not expect was for my raiding to suffer so terribly because of my work schedule even without schedule conflicts.
Raiding, I discovered, or maybe rediscovered, is not just scheduling in a 2-3 hour block of time. It’s making sure that your brain is engaged and firing during those 2-3 hours at the level that it would be … well, at work.
And when I’m working 40 hour weeks, it’s effortless to keep up the level of concentration and step out of the bad. When I’m working 60 hour weeks, I start doing stupid shit in the first HOUR of raiding. It’s not lack of sleep. I’m sleeping ok. It’s the ability to maintain total focus for that many hours a week. It is sheer force of will to concentrate on the raid. Sheer force of will that is aided and abetted by caffeine, which leads me to stare at the screen, glassy-eyed, and still make major fuckups.
Heroics? Haha. It’s such a mental strain to stay totally absorbed and focused for raiding, I dare not waste that focus-energy on doing heroics. And trust me, you don’t want me healing your heroic if I’m unfocused. At this point, I’m better off doing mindless quests, picking herbs, or saying “screw it” and logging off.
Do you find yourself raiding poorly when you’re overworked? How do you handle it?