Okay, it's a bit of a stretch to try and use the "When in Rome" pithy maxim, but maybe it works on its own merit.
There has been more than one time when I looked at projects in my personal life that seemed to be insurmountable or that had been dragging on for days, weeks, years for that matter. And then I think about the tasks I've accomplished at work....
Granted I have far more resources, in regards to crew, finances, infrastructure, etc.
But besides that, there are a couple of other differences that if I would keep in mind could greatly assist me in accomplishing some of my "non-work" goals.
Immediacy and Deadlines
At work, you are given all sorts of parameters in regards to scheduling. Things have deadlines and due-dates, etc. and you have to figure out how to get it all done in that framework.
Granted there are definitely things in one's personal life that are time sensitive, bills and taxes come to mind. There are also a plethora of things that oftentimes get put on the back burner.
A few things for me include, doctor and dentist check-ups, filing paperwork, unpacking, getting in shape, my studies to get a personal trainer certification, my open water dive certification, following up on some small business ideas, dealing with my website and this blog, to name a few.
Making a List
At work, I'm constantly making lists and going over them daily.
At home, I am a bit more lax, particularly with the going over them and getting things checked off.
And when I don't make lists and let things happen randomly, well the results are to be expected.
Life at Work
When my job over at Fast and Furious 7, finished a couple weeks earlier than expected for obvious reasons, I thought I would have a chance to catch up with areas of my personal life that had been neglected.
Then I got a call to decorate a commercial in Savannah.
Maybe I should have turned it down and caught up with "life".
Cindy and Skye were going to be out of town for a few days visiting family up in Tennessee, as well as doing a little hedgehog/Christmas shopping. It would be a great time to knuckle down and focus on a lot of unfinished business.
But it's really hard to turn down work when neither Cindy or I have any other concrete job outlooks especially with the holidays coming up.
So I agreed to do it and just like that, I have way too much to do and not enough time to do it.
I took a little of my own advice and treated my personal life more like a job.
I've been busy, busy, busy. but I've been able to check a lot off the list.