The context and background Since the pandemic started in the UK, I've been work from home. On top of that I'm a single parent and my teens are off school because the schools have shut.
At the start of the lock-down, the first two weeks were ok(ish) as I was trying to build a sensible routine for me and the children.
The issue that has come about is that I've become overloaded with project work as more and more gets directed to me by various silo'd project managers. Each one of these projects is horrendously complex.
- A K8s infrastructure comprising five separate environments.
- Decomposing a sprawling under-performing monolith into microservices
- An Enterprise wide EFK platform
- A CI/CD platform for build. test, deploy of polyglot microservices
- Dragged into other projects in an advisory capacity (I have a reputation for turning around under performing difficult projects).
Before lock-down I had the time to manage workloads like this, because the children(teens) were at school at 8am, and were capable(ish) of looking after themselves until I got home.
Now managing the overload of work,drive-by questions and squabbles from co-workers and the overload of home schooling,drive-by questions from the children(teens) and squabbles, has made me become under-productive, I'me suffering badly from writers block for analysis reports to upper echelons. Coding block for the development work I have to do. My team and scrum management is OK though, I'm still able to effectively make decisions and allocate sensible workloads for my team and do the appropriate liaison and contact work for them - point them in the direction of people who can answer their questions if I can't.
On top of all this my diabetes has come back with a vengeance, previously I was in diabetic remission,but now I have numb and cold extremities,tiredness and thirst. The earliest my GP can see me for this is October because of the current situation ( do continue to push on this though).
The final aspect is that there is a concern that my drop in productivity will result in organisational changes (which are already underway throughout the enterprise), where I'm re-org'd out because I've under-performed during this difficult time.
Ancillary information I live and work in the UK (England) in Enterprise Financial Services (Insurance/Assurance).
The Question With the background and context in mind, what would be a good strategy to create an operational plan where-by I can better manage the current situation and tactically what would be the best starting point to put this into action.