I'm failing right now - I'm not going to sugar coat it.
I revamped this site with the intent to equally balance a lot of aspects of everything I do; In reality I barely go to the gym (at the most 3 times a week) or keep up with any type of fitness any more, I'll go on the weekends but the daily 4am starts I was itching to get amongst have been traded for a couple more hours sleep, and eating clean has been swapped for not really eating during the day while my focus of dissolving the 14+ titles on my pile of shame have pretty much taken over every thing else. Then there's my music pursuits which have been non-existent since launching an EP in 2011 & the weekly D&D group that I'm apart of and I no longer wonder why it feels like there's no end to the madness.
Trying to wrap that around an 8 hour working day and there's not much else that I can thrust myself into. Ideally I would love to have nothing on that pile (I'm trying to crank out 3 reviews a week to cut through it) but while it's there (really it never goes away, it just becomes more manageable) it's like a little gremlin in the corner constantly taunting you that needs to be dealt with in an appropriate manner. As a consequence, I find that during the week I can't sleep before 12 midnight; and on weekends I'm in bed at 11pm. Basically I've swapped PC Gaming for console gaming and a whole lot of procrastination, what I would love to do is also pick up a second job a couple of nights a week but right now there isn't room nor enough energy to accommodate everything into the 168 hours available each week.
I've been thinking about it, and by the end of May I should have well and truly cut through 60% of those titles but that's a month and a half away - I need to accelerate the end game, especially if I'm looking at going back to uni next year. Super strict time management is something that I need to get down as quickly as possible. Something that I've found has helped with pretty much everything so far are deadlines. A perfect example is writing music, the more I pushed towards a specific date, the more focus I have on crafting something within time restrictions and once it's done the more enthusiastic I am to move onto the next project.
This' what I'm going to do; right now I have these games/ideas/products to write about:
- Need for Speed Rivals
- Lego Marvel Superheroes
- Trials Fusion
- Awesomenauts Assemble!
- Mercenary Kings
- Dead Nation
- Doki-Doki Universe
- Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset
- Thoughts on the PlayStation 4 System
- Touch My Katamari
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Hotline Miami
- Pixel Junk Monsters Ultimate HD
- Gravity Rush
- Thoughts on gains and what I'm doing in and out of the gym
- Any outdoor events that interest me
if I crank out 2 a week that's about 2 months worth of content ahead and this doesn't include upcoming titles such as Child of Light, Wolfenstein, and Watch Dogs which brings it all up to 19 items. Ideally I could just forget about the backlog, and focus on all the "new" releases that come through but that is a last resort, and I'm not too keen on backing out of something that I'm in amongst. What has been decided on is that a hard date has been set for Sunday to publish articles, which means Monday they should be up here.
The only thing that I could say is that please do comment, leave constructive criticism, share the links on twitter, and I promise I will eventually get around to replying (I'm thinking once a month) with the hope that in the future I'll be starting up a podcast but for now it's easier to relay thoughts via publishing posts - it's going to have to do for now.
Back to the health & fitness stuff, tomorrow is the start of a long weekend which means 3 days off to review and write my butt off around early morning starts and kick starting the healthy eating habits again. If I can establish something around a schedule, I should be able to carry it forwards paving a new way to compartmentalise everything and allow management of allotted time to dedicate to certain activities.
The aim is to publish at least 3000 words a week while keeping articles concise, and structured as possible. Roughly 1000 words an article is something that's not too hard a target to hit which leaves room for possibly a third post for another topic altogether. Keeping with the "2-to-1" ratio feels like a good balance until I cut through that pile and allows content balance away from a "game review" site.
By self imposing these strict deadlines, there will be a healthy amount of pressure to take notes while engaging with something I'm writing about, force more maximisation of "writing time" and speed up the process altogether which will come in handy if I follow through with the idea of attending PAX Australia and Supernova next year and decide to cover what I have seen. Sure the first couple of articles are going to be awful (and I apologise ahead of time) but with time they should increase which in the end is a win-win situation.