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To Love or Not to Love "the Beach"

When I first started work, several senior consultants noted that starting consultants would oftentimes find themselves “on the beach” as they waited for staffing rounds to fill them into cases. They noted that most starting consultants would grow restless and worried over their state of limbo.

I thought I would be above that: “You mean, I have no work, still get paid, and can go home early? What’s not to love?”

And yet, here I am. Trying to convince myself that this is a good thing.

Yes, I know that consultant hours can be rough and that I will soon be craving easier days when I’m at the office crunching Excel models or pouring through customer data late at night. Yes, I know that this is a wonderful time to review subjects I’m not as familiar with (i.e. accounting, IT, a given industry, etc.) on the company’s dollar. Yes, this is a great time to be able to go home early and spend time with my family or do those things that I constantly complain about not having the time to do (today, I reconfigured our wireless network so that all of our home computers would enjoy coverage).

But, at the same time, its hard not to be a little restless…

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