The house did get dusted though, and the fish fed and the rechargeable cleaner fixed and my new glasses picked up and… and…
So I did a spreadsheet.
A timesheet in fact…
It’s fab, I record how many minutes I have spent on various things. As you can see, I have my different projects, sub-divided into different task categories and also non-income-generating (ha ha) activities like chores, kids and time off.
And then I can analyse stuff… automatically!
So I can see at the flick of a formula what percentage of each day I have spent on book writing or research, game production or… napping.
Percentages aren’t great so far (61% productive)! Still, it’s not just a tool for beating myself up with (or should that be “with which to beat myself up”… no that doesn’t get rid of the preposition at the end of the sentence. But it’s OK to do it now according to OED . You’re still not supposed to start a sentence with “But” though. It’s tough this professional writing lark.)
Back to the timesheet - it is, in fact, quite motivational. Instead of me just thinking I failed to write 10,000 words on Monday, I can now see why I failed and actually give myself a pat on the back for doing other productive thingummies that I don’t tend to give myself credit for.
And best of all – it showed me that in one week of “full time” creative existence I have done what it would normally have taken me five weeks to do when I was teaching, lesson prepping, marking, stressing, moaning etc.
I bet you all want one of these now, don’t ya? You’re welcome to nick it or if you’re not so hot on Excel formulae, then message me on www.facebook.com/jasonwillow666 and I’ll send you a copy to prevaricate with ;-)
Finally, two little progress updates on tunnel digging – both regarding tunnel Tom (book and script writing – see blog 1)
1. I’ve got my first paid commission – script editing and developing on a great little cartoon called the Piddletons. It’s a cross between The Simpsons and Fawlty Towers. Now, I say it’s a paid commission – we’ve got to Kickstart it first. Have a look at the vid for some draft artwork and the storyline and maybe sign up.
2. I’m off to a room full of literary agents on Friday evening (Sept 19th). They’re going to tell us things then we (almost) famous writers can talk to them (ahhh!) about our creative masterpieces and tempt them into our web of words.
Luckily, there’s wine.
I’ll let you know how it goes next blog-day.