[Bettering Zeal] The Gig Life X

I enjoy working the gig life because I get paid to travel, meet people, make friends, and see how people work. I can steal the ideas I like, shed the ideas I dislike, and adapt to more circumstances quicker. If I’m away from “Zeal,” my home office, for long hours on one gig, then I can figure out ways to make the time I do have here more productive, especially as I renovate the space.

Progress: Minimal

CDs: Cataloging New
Cataloging my music collection is very soothing for me, like tidying up space. There’s also a tricky balance between getting new stuff and completely listening to every CD I own to purge all the ones I’d rate under ★★★☆☆. Quality over quantity, every time, folks.

CDs: Updating Heard
I have a designated spot for CDs and lists of digital albums to catalog, which is much better than last year’s “just wherever I can stack them” approach. Eventually, I’ll use a dedicated cataloging laptop to curate all of my collections, not just CDs.

CD: Progressing Collection
I queue up 6 CDs to bring along on drives. Four are the next up to hear, and if I don’t feel like listening to them for two weeks, they go in the pile to hypothetical sell or donate. Eventually, I’ll have a donation station.

Email: Inbox Zero
I cleared out my personal inbox on the tail-end of one gig. It’s easier to check my inbox now because everything there is new. If it’s not a busy day, I’ll keep 5 emails in my inbox, and move the rest to my processing backlog.

Email: Clearing Backlog
I throw emails that don’t require immediate attention in my backlog. I figured this out a few gigs ago when I’d get fifty+ emails a day. Check for the important things in the morning, reply, then get back to the rest when I can.

Email: Processing Outbox
Similar to my incoming-processing-outbound workflow, I’ll keep drafts for important emails or tasks I need to do in my outbox, so I process them when I’m ready. Not everything should receive an immediate response, otherwise, I get bogged down in deliberating on big decisions.

Office: Reading Books
I want to read more often. The solution might be similar to having a dedicated donation station or cataloging laptop, since I work well focusing on specific tasks in specific areas. Until I figure out that solution, I have books stacking up in Zeal.

Office: Thrifting Donations
That donation station might just merely be a “dumping grounds” box. The idea would be some spot for staging stuff I want to donate or possibly even sell, once I get into that, and I can grab stuff to move when it nearly overflows.

Office: Processing Backlog
On a larger scale, I enjoy working for various companies so I can see what works well for me. Everyone has their own way of completing tasks, and some have figured out solutions that others have not, so it’s almost like a skill buffet.

My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.