Every so often I find myself being pulled in a multitude of directions.
I get inspired by a great many things. I like a lot of things and I like to try a lot of things.
In this capacity, I’m pretty fearless. What I fear the most is the guilt associated by tasting and not committing to finishing. I fear being labeled as one of those guys who starts something and doesn’t see it through. For years, I fought this. My mom is a classic example of someone who loves experiences and trying things and educating and enriching herself. But she never finishes a single thing, and it annoyed me to no end. She means well, but in that regard, you can’t place much stock in her ever seeing an idea through to completion. It’s rare. She’s gotten a lot better since her retirement, but years ago… man.
I never understood it back then. But now I do.
Managing a household, working a day job, being a good parent, husband, creative director and artist are hard to pull off. It’s difficult when you have these separate personalities and facets to your life. And it has caused me to start various things and not see them through to completion. So I can sympathize with my poor old mom, working her butt off and being pulled every which way.
In the spirit of organizing myself, I have decided to take back some control. In one of my previous posts, I outlined things I wanted to accomplish. I’ve started on some, but I know they will be a long game to achieve.
It’s super frustrating, because I’m turning into the person my mother was, afflicted by the plague of unfinished projects. So I’m using this post to act as a checklist for things I want to accomplish in the next little while.
A great tip I received from a counselor awhile back suggested I break up my task list into three categories.
• Things to do right now.
• Things to do in the next few weeks.
• Things to do in the future (no timeframe)
I’ve strayed from this concept in recent weeks, but it has proven to be extremely helpful in keeping my anxiety of having too much to do in check. I used to carry a notebook in my pocket to scribble down more things on an unofficial list to reorder later, but I’ve also let that go, as I did with the daily journalling.
Ok- here’s what I’ve got on the go, as of November 2017.
Things to do right now.
- Complete the Master Content Schedule I’ve been working on
- Record and Edit the audio script for my latest Drezz Makes Things video
- Record the footage for the latest Drezz Makes Things video
- Assemble, Edit and Post the video for the latest Drezz Makes Things video
- Record and Edit the audio script for my latest Story Time With Drezz video
- Assemble, Edit and Post the video for the latest Story Time With Drezz video
- Organize my work folders on my computers (stuff is all over the place)
- Begin mural in my daughter’s room
- Blog 1x a week
Things to do in the next few weeks.
- Try and do 2x more and get ahead of the schedule cycle to build a buffer of content
- Record, Edit and Post 20 episodes of Drezz Makes Things for Season 1 (completed 2/18)
- Record, Edit and Post 20 episodes of Story Time With Drezz for Season 1 (completed 2/18)
- Complete mural in my daughter’s room
- Create concepts for 4 Seasons Painting for my hallway
- Sketch 1 thing in my sketchbook every day and build a routine
- Get into an exercise routine
- Get into a positive dietary routine
Things to do in the future (no timeframe)
- Create a master list of ideas and things I’d like to do
- Lose 30 pounds
- Create a wish list (items for purchase)
- Start a new webcomic
- Create a pixel animation
- Create a pixel animation series
- Develop a 16 bit game
- Catalog my music library
- Catalog some of my art
I think I’ll probably update this list by creating a page of its own, including all of the crossed off items and the dates beside them, as a way to chart my progress. Future blog posts will probably refer back to it, and that way I won’t have to hunt around for the latest list.
I’m not the greatest at organizing things – but I rely on lists in order to hold me to tasks I want/need to get done. Right – time’s a wasting. I’m jumping off the diving platform…. NOW