Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On working for yourself

I've got the best and worst boss in the world: myself.  He lets me work on the things I really want to, but he's far too forgiving when I don't get my work done on time.  A good example is this blog.  I was planning to use this to keep myself motivated and on track.  A sort of self-scrum and to record mile-stones etc.  But then a month went by without me writing anything.  And my boss said "that's fine, you're busy, you can do that later."  And then another month went by.  And another.  And now it's been almost four months since my last post.  I should have fired me by now.

It's not just the blog either.  I've made a lot of progress with Too Many Snakes, but I'm much further behind than I'd hoped to be at this point.  My new goal is to be ready to launch by the end of May, but even that deadline is looking iffy.  I think I need to accept the fact that I'm a much too lenient boss and find other, external ways to keep myself on track.

One thing that definitely helps is Focus applicaton (http://www.heyfocus.com/).  It blocks websites like reddit and hackernews for a set amount of time to reduce distractions.  But I've also been thinking of ways to structure myself better.  My latest idea is to try forcing one of my friends to be my project manager.  He won't need to actually care about what I'm doing.  I'm just going to give him my schedule and then ever other day we'll have a short chat about where I am with things.  I'm hoping that by simply talking to someone besides myself about my progress, it will create more incentive to keep on task.  Maybe I'll post my schedule on this blog as well to double that incentive. 

To start off, the first thing I'm putting on that schedule is to report back on this blog about how the new system is working.  Before the end of the month.  Or else I'm fired.

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