PART TWO: THE DISCIPLINE OF THE PLAN AND MINDSET
85 days to deadline, but who’s counting???!!
As I thought about working on larger pieces in the past, and what has worked best for me, I decided to use three tools to organize the build of this piece, and committed to the daily discipline of using them.
These three tools are keeping an overview, a daily build book, and a daily journal.
I used to keep a very detailed gantt chart on pieces; this one is much looser on the details and tighter on the 10,000 foot view. I find myself looking at the results first- what are the desired results, and then work backwards through the processes to get there. I edit the processes as I move through them, changing, deleting, adding, and switching order. My goal is to build things as cleanly as possible with the least number of steps. Best results in the least possible time.
2-The Daily Build Book
Every day I started my build book with the results I wanted at the end of that day, and always added some “bonus” things as well.
1- Look carefully at the results, the jobs
2- Visualize how you will get there fastest , and working backwards create a punch list
3- Do it as planned, noting results- Stick to it- how did it work.
Each step along the way, I had a clear picture of what were the focused steps to get done that day and kept on track doing them.
Writing for 10 minutes wrapping up every day worked wonders… reflections, rants, and raves on the day. I like writing things out, as it gets all the possibilities out of my head and on to paper. Many times solutions just seem to pop into my head as I write. It refreshed me, got the current day out of my system and left me open for the next adventures in the studio. I highly recommend it!
“Surrender is really a challenge to me, to create the best work I can, actually to become the person who creates even better work. And it is like a prayer. God, I don’t know how to do this, and if I did know how to do this, it would look like this, and here are some of the steps I think will take me there. And all I have to do is the next step, and then the next step after that.”
“It’s getting very close. And I made a four day gantt chart yesterday. So okay here’s the final challenge. Just how much can I finish by Sunday night? Let’s dig deep and find the energy. Yeahhhhh. I want to see what this looks like when it’s done.”
“… something to ponder on as I end my day, do a quick design concept, and some stretches, and snuggle w my sweetie and fall off to sleep, wherever my dreams will take me. Much will fall into place tomorrow.”