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Oct. 12th, 2008 | 12:58 pm

This should be a lesson to me: when taking on projects for no money, do not

(a) agree to do so whilst drunk;
(b) fail to go anywhere near planning out the actual tasks involved and say "oh yes, that'll be no problem", then realise later there are far more of them than you thought;
(c) ignore the project completely due to fear and reflex procrastination;
(d) avoid the person concerned for weeks rather than say "uh I'm having trouble getting this done" as soon as possible, which would at least give them the chance to get somebody else to do it.

Right now, I am going to go out and sit somewhere in the nice weather and at least break the back of this damned thing.

Perhaps the major lesson is "when taking on projects for no money, make sure it is either something you'd work on anyway or something that you can do in a short amount of time before your initial enthusiasm wears off". It is a good, crunchy project with some toothsome coding required, there's nothing wrong with it, but it's not a subject that I am incredibly interested in, and it is hard to get started on, doesn't divide well into easily digestible tasks, and is too complex to just be done in an hour or two. It's been causing me a ridiculous amount of anxiety - the promising makes me feel much worse about not having done anything beyond the planning.

Off I go anyway, let's give it a shot.

(Also I need to do my Morning Pages, which rarely ever get done in the morning and sometimes not at all. I'm not sure whether they are going to be a good idea overall but I'm giving them a try for at least a couple of weeks.)

Edit (14:43) - Well that was useful; one consequence of it being nice and sunny out is that you can't see a damn thing on a laptop screen. So all I could do was look at my notes and try to work out what the hell I was thinking of. Some use, I suppose, and I can do some work on it now.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)

don't agree to do things (a) for friends and/or (b) for free - it's a recipe for disaster. Anyway, people only thing something is worthwhile if they have to pay for it.

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