Early last year (2013), I noticed I would work really productive for a couple weeks, and then get in a rut for a week here and there. After discussing this perceived trend with Clint, I started tracking it every week (end of work day on Friday). I have been tracking it for a year, and now I have data to examine in more detail:
For the first part of last year (through September 2013), I would go in 6 week cycles which appeared to be about 1 week after the uplifts. Oddly enough I wasn’t doing any specific work for uplifts, but I do recall a lot of odd issues that required debugging for each uplift. Quite possible the day or two spent handling these issues resulted in me getting backlogged on emails.
Oddly enough when I transitioned from full time mobile automation -> full time performance automation, my cycles became more regular. One exception was a focused project development week early in 2014 which had me doing other tasks and getting behind on a few other projects.
There is no direct correlation in the health data, but I have some theories. I record my general feeling of health (for the most part physical, not emotional). This is pure judgemental and there is no science behind it. 10 is good, 0 is bad, so when there is a dip in health on the graph, I usually see an increase in email volume the next week. No explanation for that, just an observation.
In summary, I have enjoyed looking back on this data. It was good to see a trend for most of 2013. Maybe next year I will see a different trend or pattern.