Friday, May 30, 2008

Going Retro

They say communication can be challenging when Mercury is retrograde.

When communication is how one make's one's living, well... suffice it to say that good old Mercury might account for the fact that I've felt like I've been swimming through jello for days -- all elbows-out action, bone-rattling fatigue but barely any progress to show for it.

Mercury's winged foot has been kicking my butt all week!

Although I have to say, I have some pretty awesome people in my life right now. The psychological support brought on by the idea of "I've got your back" and just knowing other people sympathize and can help out and give advice when you're feeling swamped is good for shoring up the emotional resources needed to get over the hump that stands between you and progress on the to-do list.

It's hard for me to ask for help and I've come to understand that's a character flaw. Playing nice with others while being a responsible, self-sufficient worker - with a heaping helping of creative idea wrangling - has always been my modus operandi.

But if I'm not careful, it degrades into the worst form of perfectionism-plagued procrastination. Can't do it perfect, so it's not worth starting now.

That turns into a major problem when there's lots to do and lots to learn.

So I'm about to go nose-down into planning mode, working on a few things that will make next week awesome and give me a leg up on some projects that have been looming.

I always hated those aphorisms of "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail" and others of that ilk. But I have to admit, there's some truth to it in some cases.

What do you do to pull yourself out of a retrograde rut?


Kitty said...

great that you have the moral support of others. That makes for a lot. Just knowing that someone else out there knows what you're going through helps mentally.

I know my limits. If there's a night when I notice mistakes and I feel tired, I stop working. It's better to work more and well on those efficient, focused days than try to get yourself in the right mind frame. Sometimes you're on, sometimes not. It's all normal.

Hope your deadlines go well. And if not, hope they become learning lessons!

Spandrel Studios said...

Hi, Kitty. Well, I'm definitely learning - from all of this! It will all turn out fine, I'm sure.

I'm amazed by the people who push through with all-nighters... it's a definitely different constitution that allows one to do that. After a certain point, I simply can't focus as well or produce a quality product. It sort of feels like I'm going in circles - at the very point where I need to make progress!

But I guess depending on the deadline, just finishing is sometimes the overriding issue.