I have a growing list of design projects I’d like to complete during my time in Malaysia. I’ll never get an opportunity to have so much time off (from paid work) again, so I want to make the most of my free time. Having many projects, and adding to the list fairly regularly, has me stressed out a bit. I have a short attention span, and I want to finish everything now!
Case in point: Above is an illustration of some papier mâché lampshades I want to make. I’ve visualised them and researched how to make them, but the task has no real urgency other than my own expectations and enthusiasm. And there’s nowhere really to hang them in out apartment. But I still want to make them. Now!
A design project which is urgent is for a proper dining table. A larger, non-wobbly-non-Ikea dining table would provide us with an adequate setting to invite some KL friends (yes Mum, we’ve made some) over for dinner and drinks. Foster some friendships. Important stuff. The downside for me as a designer is relying on such as a carpenter to build it, which is one reason for the delay. I like to keep my friends close, and my design projects even closer.
Then there’s really non-urgent projects on my list: finishing some fonts I’ve started (I’ll be speaking with you on that, Marty); completing a large set of icons I’ve started; designing several new icons to replace
terrible existing ones for applications I use — I just can’t look at ugly icons day in, day out. I’d love to squeeze these projects in too, but they are 100% self-indulgent and could be seen as a waste of time — little or no reward for many hours work. I guess job-satisfaction is important even when I’m jobless.
I also have personal (and professional) development projects I’d love to undertake, like a couple of music remixes, some video projects, and short courses I have my eye on.
And I want to learn how to touch type.[1. Especially now that the MacBook Air doesn’t have backlit keyboard and it’s harder to type in complete darkness while the wife gently sleeps.]
And I want to finish several Wii games.
How do I prioritise? How do I choose one over the other with so many varying benefits, urgencies, and levels of enthusiasm?[2. Yes, I am fully aware that this is a nice conundrum to have.] Dunno. Maybe I should just pick one to give the creative ball a nudge; get it rolling and see what happens. At the very least, I’d’ve put the bloody Wii to some use.