Monday, 1 May 2017

All The Small Things

Nah this isn't a post about Blink 182. Although that is a good song. Ya see, last night I completed a game. It took around 45 hours in all to finish, and it took a few weeks, but it got done. It's not the longest amount of time I've ever put into a game (even though some would think 45 hours was too long for something like that). It's also nowhere near the longest I've taken to do something. Heck, I once wrote a story that took months to complete. It's over 160k words. Did you know Immortal Space has close to 200k words? That's why I never got it edited. Those fuckers charge by the word.

It doesn't matter how long it takes you to do something though. If you break it down enough, you'll be done before you realise. No one wants to go into something knowing they will be working on it for a long time. Except college and university I guess. But, if you look at a major goal, it sure seems like a lot of work and, damn, it's demotivating.

That's why you need to break those large goals down into smaller ones. Take my weight loss. I need to lose 150 pounds. Or more. Shit I'm unhealthy. That sounds like a lot because it is. Rather than try and lose 150 pounds, I should just try and lose 10. That's going to take a lot less time and it's going to be easier. What do I do when I lose those 10 pounds? Simple, I just lose another 10 and keep going until I'm where I want to be.

It's not like I sat down and wrote all of Immortal Space in one day. It took a long time. I wrote it one chapter at a time. Before I knew it I'd written a damn epic. Did you know the proper "definition" of a novel is anything over 50k words? Boy, I sure went over that.

I don't really know where I'm going with this, if you couldn't tell. I suppose I'm just saying that, no matter the size of a task, it can be done. Just break it down. Take it little by little until you've finished the whole thing.

You can do it.

10 comments:

  1. Well, of course editors charge by the word. How else are they going to motivate you to edit it yourself, chapter by chapter, word by word? (^:

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    1. Well yeah but I'm a shit editor. I do want to save up and get it done though. So keep hold of your original copy. Get me to sign it and it'll be worth something one day!

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  2. This is true, and I find that breaking it down becomes more and more necessary the less you want to do the overall task.

    I started keeping a hand-written to-do list a couple years ago at work, and it has greatly reduced the number of days when I freak out at what I have ahead of me.

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  3. This is inspiring and so true.

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  4. That is very, very wise advice. And you're right -- that's how things get done!

    "How do you eat an elephant?"
    "One bite at a time."

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  5. That's how I get things done, too. Tackle small goals at a time rather than overwhelming yourself with one big one. And out of curiosity, what game did you finish? Or is that a secret?

    My wife's save file on Fallout no longer shows hours. It just shows days. I think it's up to 12 days, which, if math serves correctly, is about 288 hours.

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    1. It was Grand Theft Auto V. I haven't gotten Fallout 4 yet, but I think I spent around 30 hours on Fallout 3 and New Vegas each. I had them on the console, so no mods that make it last hours for me. The most amount of time I've put into a game not called World of Warcraft is 90 hours I think, which is how much I put into Skyrim.

      God damn all those modes. It didn't even look like Skyrim by the time I was finished.

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    2. That should be "mods" not "modes".

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  6. Life is about all the little things, that we often take for granted until they are not there and then we get a shock because those little things are gone and we feel empty

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  7. Good luck with the weight loss journey. Walking places, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, drinking more water, avoiding processed foods. I bet some quick changes like that will drop 10 easy in a short period of time.

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