We only have a finite amount of time in life. Every minute you spend on one idea, project, or person detracts from another possibility. I have over 20 reviews I’ve been considering writing lately. Some may come to fruition, others, not. The list of reviews I’m most interested in writing in some form or another is a tie-in to a new project I’ve joined that may lead to more success than completing any of these reviews.
Removing Old Projects
One major school of thought is to work on all projects until they’re complete. I disagree. You should complete projects to get them out of the way if they’re important to you, if you’re just being lazy and the project is nearly complete, or if the project can give value to others upon completion. Otherwise, if the project is not viable, trash it. No point in wasting time on things that won’t help anyone out.
Picking New Projects
It’s more time consuming starting new projects than dropping old projects. The problem is that new projects are more seductive than old projects. For years, I’d get cool stuff from thrift stores that I’d add to “get around to it” piles. I still have too many “round tuit” piles. I’m more discerning with the stuff I get now because I just don’t have the time to start working on something only to stop before completion.
Completing Old Projects
Let’s go through those 8 drafts: I just need to start writing those Аркона [Arkona] and Tiger Army concert reviews. Maybe I’ll go an Applied Psychology route since I saw them months ago? Some toy reviews might be fun. I’ll be writing the first episode review of Castlevania soon. Ghost in the Shell, Sengoku Choujuu Giga, and Steins;Gate are eventual projects. I’ve also had this Free Comic Book Day Thrifting Adventures post in progress since May.
When To Defer
I’d most like to complete those concert reviews. If review writing is part of my justification for going to concerts, and I’m not clearing out my backlog, then why attend more shows? I’m already attending 5 concerts in August, so I should put in some effort to finish writing those older ones, even if the results are less about the concert and more about a general idea. The other posts are just practice and aren’t crucial.
Blah Blah Projekt
I’ve joined development for a typing game called Blah Blah as a writer! I played about 30 minutes before giving a formal “consider me fully attached, until anything major comes up.” I like the game. It has accessibility potential, particularly helping teach typing and hand-eye coordination. We could tell a good, meaningful story within it. I’ll be reviewing its current iteration this week because as someone once explained, “it’s still in development, so feedback is useful.”
Time For Projects
I took these upcoming, lingering, and trashed projects into consideration when I took the role. Upcoming fiction practice may be story mode suggestions. Tangentially related content, too.