Crunch Time

Currently, my schedule looks like this:

6am: Wake up, ~30 minutes writing.
7am: Continue working through Loomis’ Fun With a Pencil
8am: Breakfast
9am: Drawing
12pm: Coding
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Coding
5pm: Workout
6:30pm: Coding/admin stuff (emails, etc)
7:30pm: Dinner

I’m been doing this for 6 weeks now and I plan to continue until the 1st December. We’e due to head back to the UK for Christmas and I want to have all of December off so I can focus on enjoying time with friends and family. Right now, though, it’s crunch time.

I’m tired but pleased with my progress. Over the last 6 weeks I’ve finished another 14 drawings and released 6 new Trail Wallet updates. I’ve also implemented a number of updates to Never Ending Voyage.

There’s no way I could keep this up long term but I feel good about things at the moment. I think there are three key reasons why I’m not feeling stressed or burnt out like I have in the past:

  1. Fixed end date. This stops on the 1st December. Practical reasons prevent me from continuing even if I wanted to.
  2. Guaranteed relaxation follows. December is all about seeing friends and family and having a good time and all work will be maintenance only.
  3. Entirely self-directed. No clients or bosses to answer to, just my own personal goals.

As we get towards the end of the two months, I can already see my productivity lowering and I know this is not sustainable long term, but for a few months every year and provided it meets the three requirements above, it’s a good way to make some serious progress.

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