40 Hours a Day
When you’re unable to multitask and your brain never wants to settle into one direction, how do you get anything done with only 24 hours in a day?
Lately my brain seems to be stretched thin across 100 web design directions. Every time I start a new site, or buy a new URL, or think about how I need to update one of my other sites, my head flashes with another idea for another site that’s going to require more of my time.
My work ethic is kind of weird. I sit in front of a computer—designing, coding, writing, lollygagging—about twelve hours a day. It’s a wonder my eyes haven’t shriveled to white raisins and fallen out of my head. If I accomplished everything I wanted, I would need to sit in front of this glowing beige machine 40 hours every day.
Frankly, I am terrible at multitasking. If I work a bit here on this, then a bit there on that, I end up getting nothing done. Every night I try to have a very narrow focus. One night I will design three ideas for one site. The next night I will spend in Textpattern on a tiny piece of functionality. Most of graphicPUSH’s posts are written in one long sitting.
As you can imagine, this can quickly create a creative traffic jam. Especially when my house fly attention span keeps leaping from idea to idea and project to project. Why work on this looming client project when I can write for graphicPUSH? Why write for that site when I could be busy finishing the design on this other one? And why work on that when I could create something brand new? And why would I start something brand new when I have that client project due tomorrow?
Really, I would need 40 hours in a day just to do all the personal, fun, random crap that bring in zero income. Client stuff is never as fun. It pays the bills, but I would rather squander two hours dicking around in Photoshop than try to figure out why my client’s site stopped working.
A friend of mine says that everyone’s ultimate goal should be to obtain a patron. A filthy rich benefactor that pays to create whatever you want. I need one of those. Anybody up for the job?