I remembered when I first got out of college. I spent half my time building my video production agency and the other half doing content marketing for Fuzed. Once I got the hang of managing the podcast, Jake, my boss, gave me the project of creating feature release landing pages with an accompanying explainer video for each new integration that came out. (Fuzed makes integrations similar to how Zapier works)
At the time, it was such a struggle to write the copy for the video, then write the copy for the landing page, then go into Wordpress and put it together. It took me days to get one done, and was painfully frustrating. This frustration lead me to think I would be much better off putting my time building my agency, why am I working for Jake? My agency work is creative and fun and these copywriting tasks are a pain. Of course, this attitude lead to a lack of initiative on my end, leaving Jake with disappointment.
When we parted ways, my initial thought was Yes now I have the free time to work on what I want to work on. But It’s been a year since that time and I regret dropping the ball and allowing Jake to be disappointed in me. It's not that I feel regret because of a loss of opportunity to work at Fuzed, but because I went from being an A player to being a C player once I was assigned set of projects that I wasn’t excited about.
If I think about completing the same project now, I could knock out a feature release landing page + video in a few hours. It seems so easy now.
Since the projects I’ve worked on at Fuzed, I’ve completed a lot of random freelance projects and many of them had really frustrating tasks. Tasks that weren’t fun challenging, but boring challenging. Many of them I felt underpaid and undervalued. But I acknowledge that this will continue to happen in life. You’ll always run into hard tasks that feel uninspiring. Grind through them. Tasks that seem mountainous now will feel really easy a few months later.
Yes, I can still see the the other side of this argument: It would be good for you to craft your life and career in a way that's free from tasks that suck energy from you, and fill it with tasks that give you energy and that you’re eager to do, but that’s something to strategize and tweak as you choose paths to take in the future. If there’s a current deadline and a project that needs completion, grind through it first. It’s not worth it to disappoint people, and definitely not worth it to see yourself as incompetent.
Nowadays, Podcasting is all the rage. So to be helpful, Jake Hower of Fuzed created an in-depth 5 part video series that goes into everything you need to know to get your podcasting set up.
Video 1: Jake outlines an introduction to Podcasting and what it's all about
Video 2: Jake tells us why we should podcast, why its growing, and what results you can get out of it.
After a comment I made about my documentation binder in a previous post, Sebastian asked me to share my own system with you all.
Be regular and orderly in your life so you may be violent and original in your work. ~ Gustave Flaubert
My organizational premise is this-- if your recurring tasks are fully optimized and automated, you have more RAM to devote to novel tasks and projects.
Novel projects should be well documented. If they become routine, it's an easy starting point from which to optimize. If they don't, they may still be useful in the future. This is especially important because optimized systems experience entropy, and needs regular overhauling, which is actually what I was doing when SM asked me to expand on my system.
I like to overhaul about twice a year, but in practice, I overhaul when the drag of changing circumstances has aggravated me to the point where I either have to overhaul my system or abandon it. I don't find that “fixing as you go” is a viable strategy. Tweaks are fine, but there comes a time when you have to tear down and start anew, and you'll never get away from that.