A Desperate Effort (follow up)

Sustaining an increased pace of work (related to your usual baseline) over long stretches of time is grueling.

If it is so different from the usual that it’s a desperate effort – well, I’ve not been able to sustain it as well as I’d’ve hoped. I have managed to tweak my work style to better fit my desire for more productivity though:

  • I have lightweight tasks – pleasant to start and carry out – peppered throughout the week which still help me move forward
  • I read stuff written by smart people, which motivates me to work
  • I read stuff written by people with a lot more money than I have, which motivates me to work smart
  • I read stuff written by people with a lot more output than I have, which motivates me to work hard
  • I have a sharper line between work and play

This has allowed me to move in the general direction I want to go. Less waste, more productivity, more happiness.

 

Starting the blog

In order to write more, and be able to share better, I dropped the development of my static site compiler and moved to wordpress.

Over the years I’ve set many rules and goals to achieve before starting to write; among those:

  • Setting up a multi-language website. I’m a native Spanish speaker in a Spanish speaking country, but the broader audience is English speaking.
  • Setting up a static website, and the appropriate generator, to make the maintenance painless — this one was so misguided it’s actually hilarious.
  • Writing a backlog of content, and work with that content in several different ways, including but not limited to: classifying it, running it through trusted people, embellishing it.
  • Getting some OSS projects up and running so I could talk about them — more hilarity ensued by not thinking this one through and noticing a lack of community around my obscure development.
  • Generally trying to improve who I am, so I could project a better picture of myself while remaining truthful. Part of this is related to a severe impostor-syndrome episode, caused in no small part by working on in-house, backoffice software during all of my career.

So what I’ve decided is this: I’ll throw everything overboard and start. I expect a backlog will eventually form, and everything will be nicer as I work and polish my workflow. I’ll write about many things, including what I’m doing now, what I’m reading about, and insights I develop.

This is a start which almost aligns, with a slightly amusing off-by-one error, with the start of 2016. This is a coincidence, as I’d been working on setting up the php and MySQL installation and making sure they played nicely with Lighttpd for a few days, and festivity-related “chores” intervened. I’ll roll with it, though and try and make a nice run.