The beginning of a new school year is always a bit overwhelming in my line of work– lots of administrative headaches and last-minute requests from students who could have prepared better. But, that’s what we’re here for. It doesn’t change the fact that the days can be draining, and when you compound that with my 2.5 hours of daily commuting, I’m sort of wiped out by the time I get home.
Another problem I’ve always struggled with is a desire to have an entire project mapped out immediately, and/or be able to deliver a “finished product” in a relatively short period of time. I tend to dwell on all the things that will yield something polished and worthwhile right away, rather than making some small steps on the road of progress whenever they might come. It is often a crippling problem that stymies action altogether, which only leads to further obsession about the lack of progress.
Lifehacker had a nice post today that might make you feel better if you’re at all like me in this regard. Particularly when it seems like I’m awash in other concerns, I need to try harder to just do anything I can with all of my various side projects. I need to let some of the details slide and get ANYTHING accomplished.