So as it turns out trying to write poems and short stories, read a decent amount of books, watch movies, play games and review them also design and prototype my own games all at the same time and retain a shred of my sanity is something that is really hard to do, who knew ? and somehow cramming all of that in a 24 hour day and then trying to accomplish a fraction of each is just not getting me anywhere.
I accept it. I am not a Muti-tasker. As a man my brain is just not equipped to process so much information at the same time. But I am an excellent organiser, so here goes…
I have decided to split up everything I wish to accomplish over the course of a month into separate categories and then assign those categories to every week of the month.
Week 1 – Reading
During the first week of the month I will focus solely on trying to read as much as I can. Be it T.S. Elliot’s poetry or be it Leo Tolstoy’s short stories. During these seven days I will do one and one thing only, read.
Week 2 – Writing
Now I know I am gonna get some flak for this one. As artists we know that inspiration won’t come to you when you want it to, in my experience it comes any time other than when you want it to. And I know a writer must write everyday, But unsettled ideas get turned into short scribbled notes all the time and characters get developed in the subconscious as you bathe, eat and sleep. These ideas, characters and their stories will be explored, in depth, during this week. And who knows I might be proofreading a short narrative or posting a couple of new poems by the end of the week.
Week 3 – Games
I think you know where I am going with this. yes, you guessed it right. Seven days to come up with new game ideas for either board or digital games, extensively designing them and then creating playable prototypes wherever possible.
Week 4 – Three R’s
The final week of the month will be dedicated entirely to Review, Relax and Rewind. I will go through all that I did this month, evaluate myself, take a break and clear my mind and then plan what’s next.
I am hoping that with this new schedule I will be able to successfully focus on one thing at a time, give it my best and only then move on to the next.
“A jack of all trades and a master of each one.”
Wish me luck.