Of course, I guess it could be said I’m taking this summer off, too. The difference is, I didn’t plan for it, so dealing with it is a whole lot harder. I have things I need to do. Contracts I need to complete. Deadlines I’d still like to meet. But this summer has been the most demanding I’ve ever had to deal with. The odds of getting those things done?
I’m starting to think they’re pretty slim.
In fact, in the past 6 weeks, I’ve gotten almost nothing done. I accomplished a tiny bit of writing in June, and that’s the extent of my achievements.
Worst of all, I should have seen it coming.
Oh well–it’s too late to do anything to salvage productivity now. There are only a few weeks left before school’s back in and we have to create a new routine. But there are lessons to be learned here:
1. Having a few goals set is ideal to keep from drifting aimlessly, but under-planning is better than the alternative.
2. I really need to start looking at the amount of time I anticipate having, then cut that in half and plan for that amount of work time instead.
3. It’s better to delay deadlines than produce inferior work trying to meet them.
That last one’s been a real chore this year, as I try to balance replacing my camera/filming setup with still getting content out. There’s the saying that anything worth doing is doing badly, and to an extent I agree in some areas: It’s better to do something to the best of your current ability than not at all, but if you have the power to stretch farther and produce something better, it’s always better to do so. I’ve kept my video schedule sparse as I try to overcome the current struggles and issues, but I do hope to return to weekly things before the end of the year. We’ll see if that works out–I’m establishing plans for August now, and trying to keep that “half of anticipated work time” thing in mind.
It’ll be rough, especially since I have a lot of catching up to do.