On Learning, Project Management & Being Realistic…

Weekly To-Do List

Last week was…well…either a colossal waste of time, or a huge learning curve (we’ll just go with learning curve, shall we? It’s less depressing.). I spent a lot of time (read: pretty much every night last week) rebuilding BrazenSnakeBooks.com under a “temporary” internet address only to find out that when I finally repointed the “real” address to the new site, it was nearly impossible to find every place in the code where the address had to be changed. And after spending several hours this weekend trying to find and replace said instances, I finally gave up, blew the whole thing away and started over (I did save my stylesheet changes…which helped a lot). 
I may have been a little overtired and cranky at that point. I had other things and projects I’d committed to this weekend, and I really didn’t have the time or inclination to spend hours rebuilding a web site I’d just spent an entire week building. So once I got the thing running again at a very basic “hello world” level, I walked away. I bought comics, and lunch, and crocheted for more hours than I care to admit (one of the other commitments I had), and cleaned house, and visited with a friend, and completely forgot about a serial scene due Friday that I never did get back to…
And then Sunday night, after everything had finally calmed down a bit (including my brain), I went in and started rebuilding page by page, plugin by plugin. It didn’t actually take me very long, largely because of the stylesheet I’d saved, and also because I (sort of) knew what I was doing by that time. I still have to build the book catalog, but everything else is pretty well done and running again, including the Snake Bites blog. 
Needless to say, I have a lot better understanding of what I’ll need to do with the other sites now, including scheduling some downtime for each move and a little prep work on templates ahead of time. So one of the main things on my list this week is project management – breaking down each site move into task lists, and then scheduling them out for the next month and a half or so. The goal being, of course, to get them moved with a lot less stress and wasted time than I spent on the first one. I use Trello for breaking down and organizing projects – it’s a great tool and does that one job really well. 
If you looked at my to-do list this week, you may have noticed that there are only two tasks under each category, and one “getting organized” task to span them all. This week, I’m just going to focus on the most important things I need to get done, and if there’s any time left over, I can do other things. I’m trying to be more realistic about what I *can* do, rather than what I *want* to do. Hopefully that will result in things being crossed off with less stress all around. We’ll see. 
Now it’s nearly 2am, I have laundry wrinkling in the dryer (and it’s going to stay there until morning too), and I’m falling asleep at the keyboard, so time for bed. Here’s to a productive-yet-still-semi-sane week, if at all possible…and a lot of good writing too.


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