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Black Hole

Where did the time go?

Sometimes I need little extra push to get myself pointed in the right direction. There are countless methods out there that proclaim to cure a writer of their creative blocks, or motivate even the most lethargic pencil pusher.

Nostrums! Snake Oil! Autism-causing vaccinations! OK, maybe not that last one.

As a slacker fueled by distractions, I have attempted just about every method out there to escape the event horizon of the anti-productivity black hole. Yet, even my ever-increasing mass does not seem to attract enough accountability to keep me from ignoring the goal all together and justifying my inaction.

Something a little more drastic must be done.

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The Search For a Better Tag Line

Looking for a new tagline

I’ve been attempting to change some stuff around here on Worthless Genius, and I came to the conclusion that I need a better tag line. Though the current one does apply pretty well to what I talk about here, I think it’s about time to switch things up, and maybe head in a new direction.

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Creativity Blockage

I haven’t made much time recently to sit down and write. Between summer class AppIndie 2.0 work and family stuff, I haven’t exactly been a maven of productivity.

Just as I haven’t been writing any blog posts (the last one was when?), I haven’t been working much on my novels, or any of the other creative pursuits that I’ve come to enjoy. Though I make an effort to show up for my writing time, but nothing seems to come out when I sit down.

Writer’s block is probably nothing to stress about, but just the same, it feels me with that bit of anxiety that seems to permeate through the rest of my life.

While some of my friends and colleagues seem to be moving forward with their work and creative pursuits, I seem to be just stuck in the mud.
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David Allen’s “Making It All Work”

I just received David Allen’s new book, Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. I’ve reviewed Getting Things Done in the past on Worthless Genius, and am eager to start reading this new book and gaining some insight into the world of productivity which seems to be foreign to me.

I have adopted a few of the principles in Getting Things Done, but have not been able to fully integrate those concepts into my daily life. I’m hoping to gain a new perspective on this, and give it a better go this time around.

Expect a review later when I finally finish reading this book.

Quick Idea: Mood-based GTD System

I have no idea if something like this has been created, as I’ve only just had a few minutes to mull it over in my mind. It sounds more like a psychology experiment than a truly achievable computer science experiment.

Lately I’ve been finding out that my brain doesn’t work well on the 9-5, M-F work schedule that seems to work out for most people in this world. I’m not really sure why this is, but it seems to be built into my brain, as it’s been very hard for me to break. I’ve tried many things to try to jump start my brain, but have been unable to get something that keeps me on a regular schedule. I can wake up physically at 7am every morning in order to have an extra hour of time to get things done, but that doesn’t make me get things done.

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Some Thoughts

I have been feeling extremely sedentary the past two or three days. I’m not sure what it is, weather, alignments of the planets, bad habits; but one thing is for sure: this can’t go on much longer.

I have been working more with Hammer, and have put a few more hours into the work that I’ve done. I’m thinking about doing a few different things with my development techniques, such as starting to save to different backups every day. I went in and made an adjustment to the geometry of my level, and all of the sudden when running, the skybox is completely fubared. I’m sure this is something that I’m doing wrong, but it’s frustrating to no end.

Maybe if I make daily seperate backups, or even backups for incremental changes, I can just go back and start the technique over again. The way it looks now, is that I’m going to have to start over, or seriously sit and try to figure out what’s wrong. I hate starting over after doing so much work, but It’s probably better for optimization in the long run anyway.

I need to figure out how I work. It’s been a long time since I’ve had work to do, but no real schedule. When I was in high school, other than in-school time, I could work whenever it suited me. I would end up staying up all night writing ideas, listening to music, and just letting things flow. Obviously, now I have more pressing responsibilities, but the fact remains that I need to find my groove and stick with it.

I really don’t feel that what little I’m getting accomplished is working, and I really need to figure out when I am most productive, and try to center all of my energy to that time. The only problem is that I’m afraid that it will be completely incompatible with everyone else in my immediate circle, which will leave me essentially in another time zone.

I’m not sure what to do, but I am going to have a brainstorming session later today to develop these ideas, and to try to figure out what’s best not only for my health, but also my mental health and that of those around me.