With the beginning of the new year, I’ve been busy trying to make headway on three fronts: self-promotion and horn-tooting (which I’ve always had difficulty doing), web development technology (a necessary evil), and developing the design businesses (both Agenceum and David Seah Design). It might sound like I’m being busy, but it never feels like I’m making real progress. That’s probably because I’ve been remiss in really tracking what I do on a daily basis. Of course, I’ve also stopped caring so much about logging real progress; for the past few weeks I’ve switched from an accountancy model to faith that it’ll all work out. While I’m waiting for that to kick in, though, I feel compelled to keep pushing on those three fronts.
The major challenge, I think, has been the lack of a central physical management “shrine”. The shrine is a place where I keep all my project to-dos and reminders of what I’ve been doing for what reason. The shrine, ideally, is a physical station with high visibility within the greater workplace. For example, a central team whiteboard is a good example of a shrine, because people can check up on it and remember what it was that they were doing for whom. I don’t really , and this problem is exacerbated by my tendency to work in multiple locations doing work that requires different mindsets. Sometimes I’m in “writer” mode (like right now), and I tend to be using the Netbook on the couch or sitting in the big purple chair at Starbucks with the MBP 17 (the extra width makes it a comfortable and stable typing platform when I sit down. I’d like to have some kind of physical map of the terrain, something that I can see constantly and experience with my actual senses. I have some ideas.
Since this is a “daily blather”, I’m going to stop here. This is a theme for this week, for future exploration.