I'm slightly cold as I'm writing this. Chugging coffee and pounding cough drops as I work through an unfortunately windy Thursday night. I know, Thursday night sounds bad for a blog that comes out every Friday morning, but this week has been exceptionally busy. D-Day has officially happened, as I am now 100% self employed. Honestly I was expecting to slack off a little after my quitting my day job but I was just too excited. Immediately after walking out of my last job I accidentally worked for 26 hours straight and I didn't even realize it.
This news also came with an unexpected side effect, my sleep schedule being fuckedddd haha. Almost instantly i started working nights and sleeping days but I think I have things figured out now that I am a couple of days in, (I type at 4:48AM)
This week I wanted to talk to you guys about priorities, healthy ones more specifically. To illustrate my talking point let me tell you about a mistake I made just this week and how it set our company back a day or so.
It was Tuesday night and I was working through my newly discovered nocturnal schedule. I had 9 hours to knock out a list of things our company needed accomplished like editing, writing, and bookkeeping. I crossed the first two tasks off the list like in record time and was well ahead of schedule so I thought, "While I'm ahead, I am going to mess around with this audio file and test out some new audio quality settings, since I have time." Well the since I have time thing dicked me, I spent 5 hours on something that only needed 1 hours of attention for a product of the same relative quality. I'm sadly serious, out of 5 hours of messing around there wasn't even a noticeable difference between the new file and the source file. Now I only have 2 hours to do 4 hours worth of work. Not only did it delay some of our paperwork being filed but we had to re-schedule an important call in the morning on account of my lack of sleep. I really hate how much the statement is used but I so frequently get slapped in the face with its truth so i'll say it, you have to work smarter, not harder.
A lot of creators will put a lot of time and effort into what they produce, but they won't evenly distribute how their time is spent. The non-fun parts of the job very often need just as much if not more attention that the fun parts. My biggest problem is that I get too sucked into whatever i am doing. I straight go into a coma and wake up when the job is done haha. Now I am making an attempt to step back and look at the big picture even in the middle of my task. It's really amazing how much perspective is gained by just taking a minute to think.
Anyway good luck with your projects, Happy Creating!
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To close out this weeks blog like always we are announcing some cool new things! To start our podcast 5 Minute Geek is now available in video form on our Youtube Channel. This is just the first of many video based productions we are working on so stay tuned for more announcements like this one.
Thanks for reading guys, see you back here next time,