Success!

It looks like you will have to wait until next week to see the conclusion to this Pathfinder tangent in Cleverless as I have some important stuff to take care of this week that will be taking up most of my time. Day 1 of Kindle Blue will be posted soon as well, but I would be lying to you if I said it’s delay had nothing to do with playing Pokemon X too much. It’s good. Really good.

 

Anyway, it’s been awhile since we just had a chat about things and not just what I am up to lately, so let’s have a moment to catch up.

 

I’m notorious for starting things and not finishing them. It’s a thing I do, much to my own and others’ vexation. The problem is that I’m interested in too many things and I don’t have enough time to do them. On the one hand, pushing more of my work out into the public realm gives me the motivation and, to a degree, a responsibility to keep making more. On the other hand, it’s an escalating draw on my energy and time reserves. So having a time management system is paramount.

 

I’ve used a lot of methods in the past for keeping myself organized and motivating myself to get projects completed. I’ve tried everything from “To-Do” lists and sticky notes to friend/spouse accountability talks and carefully crafted calendar alerts. None of them have worked well for me. One reason is that I allow myself far too many things to work on at once. So what seems to be working for me now is the following:

 

  • One project at a time
  • Keep a log of weekly accomplishments
  • Don’t tell people what you WILL do, tell them what you HAVE done.

 

The first one, admittedly, is a bit of a misnomer, but I’ll get to that in a second. Having one project keeps you from spending all your time between multiple projects and really working toward completing that one. I say its a misnomer because I started out with one project, but I have since expanded into about three. Once I was comfortable completely a single project consistently I felt adding one didn’t interrupt my flow. With Fire Under the Mountain, Cleverless is still that main project, so when I get bogged down with stuff I always downsize my project list to just that one.

 

The second one was a habit I stumbled across while doing the first one. I keep a google doc with the current weeks single project (or three projects currently). When I would complete one I would add “Success!” in bold next to it. If the week was up and I didn’t complete it I would mark it “failed” without bold. This both added positive reinforcement visually to the ones I completed (bold and exclamation) as well as minimized the negativity of having not completed something while still accepting my failure. What ended up happening was I would just add the next weeks projects above the last and gray out the old stuff. Eventually I had a log of what I had accomplished and what I had failed at.

 

The third one is maybe a little weird. I want to tell people all the cool things I have planned, but some may be a long way out to seeing completion. Besides that, for some reason I find that if I divulge my plans to friends or family I end up not following through. I have very little idea why. All in all, it’s really about managing my own excitement for things than anything and only letting that excitement out when I have something to show with it. People are less interested in what you could show them someday and are far more interested in what you can show them right then. And if you’re a creative person, you probably should be too.

 

They are small changes, but they’ve helped me where other methods haven’t. Let me know in the comments if you find this helpful or if you have other time management methods that work for you!

 

Adios.

“…but the important thing, is that it’s a thing, that wouldn’t have been a thing if you hadn’t thinged it”

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