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Foresight – I’m Not Predicting The Future, Just Preparing For It

“The funny thing is that when you have any form of presentation to your band, meaning you have the foresight to see outside of your creativity, you have a bigger vision.”

– Nikki Sixx

I have a confession. As I write this it’s 15:03 on Monday 14th of December 2015. I won’t be posting this until Wednesday unless something more pressing happens or pops up in my mind that I want to post about.

In fact, if you’ve read either Monday’s or Tuesday’s post they were actually written the week before.

I’m telling you this because the last month there’s been a lot of “busy work” and time with loved ones that’s lead to me posting less than I’ve wanted to. It’s also become a bit of a theme for the people I’ve been working with lately.

Whereas I’ve previously viewed this as a fun and challenging exercise to see what I can come up with on the spot and facing a short deadline.

Perhaps I should explain. I’ve chosen a topic a couple of days before posting and written the entire piece as quickly as I can whenever I’ve had time during the day.

This is not a very structured way of doing it and I’ve started feeling that I’m doing myself a disservice by continuing in this way.

Also, whenever unforeseen things happen there is no backup plan or buffer and I start feeling like I’ve “failed”.

While failure can be good and is a part of the process, once you’ve identified the problem there is no sense in continuing to repeat the pattern.

Big-Ass BinocularsI can see a pattern forming. Everytime I gaze at the sky somebody touches my peener. Please stahp.

That’s why I wrote a couple of extra posts last week to give myself a 2 day buffer. Here’s what I do now:

  1. Write down ideas and SFD’s (Shitty First Drafts) as soon as they come to me.
  2. Write two posts a day Monday through Thursday. Pick 4 of the best and edit them.
  3. Post 4 times per week, Monday through Friday and let myself have 1 of those days off.

It’s kind of weird looking back now why I didn’t implement a system for it earlier. I mean, I did take it seriously, perhaps I wanted it to feel like an “off the cuff” kind of thing.

The major lesson I’ve learned is that I don’t know what’s coming around the bend, just that I feel better knowing that I’m as prepared as I can be for it.

Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!

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