My cold is still lingering, but I haven't had much chance to slow down. I learned last weekend that the testing contract I picked up recently has doubled in size. It's still necessary that I complete it in the original time frame.
Testing requires stamina and focus, and I find it tedious after a while. What's most rewarding about the work is the feeling afterward that I've done a good job, and have given the referrer something that is truly useful.
Most of the psychologists I know drift away from this work after they go into private practice. And after being away from testing for a time, they no longer feel comfortable with it. Psych batteries involve skills that erode quickly without use and continued study.
A few hardy souls make a full-time living at testing and some actually enjoy it. I like the opportunity for variety that testing presents, but not so much that I could permanently keep up the pace and intensity I bring to these evals.
I've accumulated three 4-drawer file cabinets containing nothing but assessment/testing reports from the last 10 years. Every year, I purge the earliest year of records so that I don't have to keep expanding my file cabinet collection and the space it takes up. But I dispose of the records with a bit of regret. A lot of creativity and sweat goes into work that eventually passes through the shredder.