This past week which. by the way was the living embodiment of the the great Monty Python skit “The Spanish Inquisition” except they did not bring the “Comfy Chair”, has reminded me to get back to my deeper, darker business beliefs. As a founding member of The Amazing Order of Done, I have been repeating to myself all week the basic mantra – Do Not Confuse Effort With Results.
Sometimes, getting so overwhelmed by what all you have to get done, you drop all the trappings of “trying” or “attempting”. All you have time for is the most streamlined way of getting to a solution. The simple beauty of no-holds-barred brutality of just plain and simple getting a task done. I have noticed that a lot of the trappings of normal society have been sneaking back into my personal processes. If you are truly honest with yourself, you will have to admit that many of the things we are actually sub-consciously doing many steps due to “Legacy” processes.
Legacy process – the best example I can give of how entrenched this can be comes from many years ago when I was an instructor at a technology teaching facility. Because of our location all Saturday classes began at 8 am. During the week, classes began at 9 am. I taught numerous Saturday classes so the timing was no big deal to me, but the clients could get a bit testy about having to be up that early on a weekend. A few months later, the entire facility moved into it’s own building. Not long after the move, the general manager (GM) came to me and asked if I could do a Saturday class. I said no problem and that I would see the class at 9 am. The GM said no – class started at 8. I asked him why and he responded that “They turn off the air at 4 pm.” I said,”No, class started at 9. The GM looked at me like I was an idiot. Then I asked, “Who turns off the air in here. We own the building and the thermostat. Are you going to sneak in here of Sat and turn of the electricity? The look on the GM’s face was beyond priceless when if hit him that he had mentally transferred the legacy way of doing business with the old location and our new building. I told me to let those poor people sleep in a bit.
So, review how you do things and see if there are any “Legacy Methods” holding you back.
A small mountain of backed up messages, responses, and minor projects have been cleared like fresh lettuce in an egalitarian goat pen from The Desk of Endless Tasks. Time to prepare for the evening assault. A quick snack break then manodeflector shield bumper car mayhem ….
Well, we finally did it. The first episode of Geek Tank Radio has aired and is now available on the Internet and with IHeartRadio. It is a lot of fun playing with the control board and cutting up on my favorite topics with people that are fun to cut up with. Of course, what you don’t see is the 30 phone calls about what we should do on the show, who should we have on the show, now what are we going to do …… in other words, the amount of work and small panics that go into producing the show.
Welcome to the behind the scenes – A one hour show that is generally recording in a single take (if you can believe that) takes hours of fiddling about in the studio just to get rolling. Yes, there is a camera in there and, yes, you will get to see bits of the silliness that goes on as soon as I have a bit of time to get the edits done and get it the production right.
However, it is a lovely if a bit chilly Sunday night and there is much to do with my sweetheart, The Desk. We have made great strides in wrapping up all of the outstanding 2014 projects and, very happily, we are into 2015 at this point. With a little bit of luck, grit, lash oil, and elbow grease, we should have more goodies rolling out quickly. I hope you are enjoying our efforts.
It is a lovely Tuesday morning at The Desk of Endless Tasks. The sun is shining for a change and it is even a normal temperature for this time of year. New projects have already grown to take up the summer and there are already appearances as for out next January already booked.
Mostly, I have more book production immediately in front of me and a couple of stories to get written. Of course, this weekend is MidSouthCon. I have been attending this convention for over 3 decades. It is a bit like returning to your hometown. It is always great to see all friends, old and new. This part is packing for the event. Books – check, bookmarks – check, squirrels of mass distraction – check, magic wands – check, table drapes – check, werewolf beggin strips – check — you get the idea.
There are some days that go great and there some days that don’t. However, when you get a chance to be the pirate, go be the pirate!
When you work at a computer, it is amazing how time literally evaporates. We all tell ourselves the same lie “I will be done in a few minutes” and we all know that means at least two more hours. For me, getting into the repeat pattern of layout and pagination of a book makes serious blocks of time just plain disappear. Sunday morning is a chance to sleep in a bit, cook and enjoy a light breakfast, then ease into the pile of work waiting not so patiently for me at The Desk Of Endless Tasks. Now that I am here, let’s see what madness takes me today ….