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.
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.