Monday, 21 August 2017

Status Update

Okay, I feel like I owe you guys an update as to how the weekend has gone, so here it goes.

Yesterday was, in truth, a disaster. It felt like a light had been switched off, a fire had gone out. It was horrible! It was a day just like so many countless wasted Saturdays from the last decade or so. I got up too late after not enough sleep, was productive in a sense but my 4 hour walk/errand exhausted me, and didn't get down to work until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I was also eating way too much junk food, which I've realised this week I've been really indisciplined about. 

I realised by the early evening that I had a clearcut choice as to what to do about my quiz, as I was really struggling to get very far. Either I could try and push on regardless, forcing the issue, or write the night off and attempt to enjoy my evening, beginning again tomorrow. I decided on the former, for 3 reasons:

1. Some productivity is better than none. 2. I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself knowing I was delaying all that work. 3. Such a delay would completely destroy my chances of achieving anything on Sunday, as I'd be too overwhelmed by it all.

To my credit, I did struggle through, and more or less did get half the quiz written, as per my original hopes. I was still short of even an idea for two of the six rounds, but remembered during a midnight walk that I'd had an idea for one for weeks that I'd forgotten to put in the template. So overall, it wasn't a wasted day by any means.

Today has been better. I got up at half 7 without issue (a full 2 hours earlier than yesterday) and started working at about 11. I came up with an idea for the last round, but realised it essentially contradicted the round I'd forgotten to include from last night. I liked the latter idea better, so I'll save the former for my next quiz. I eventually got around the problem, though since it typically takes me 2-4 hours to write a round, 3 in 8 hours was by no means a certainty.

Duly, I did not manage to get it all completed, so I've still got some work to do. I'm most of the way there, but one round still requires 4 questions and another needs 10. I really, really want to get those done by Tuesday at the latest, so I can genuinely leave it alone for a few days ahead of the quiz itself. I've never been in that position before, and since my blog is mostly up to date, it would be very nice to either focus on other things or to just be able to relax at the weekend, guilt free!

Still, I do have a tendency to pull up at the finish line, so there's no guarantees. I've honestly done much more than I actually expected to this weekend, albeit it's been like pulling teeth at times. I genuinely enjoy doing this, but I honestly didn't expect my mindset to completely collapse in the way that it has, and that has blindsided me.

I suppose the high from my travels has finally worn off, which was inevitably going to happen sooner or later. The important thing is to keep pushing, starting with getting the quiz 100% completed. There's no need to despair yet; I've slipped back a little, but the situation is far from irretrievable. I can still do this!

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