December 2021 Update
Yeah that whole updating once a month thing never did pan out. I think it's a habit thing. During this festive time where I've had a short break from work, I've been thinking about ways to actually stick to my goals - no matter how grand or pedestrian they are.
I saw online that one of the biggest issues with setting goals, or New Years Resolutions, was that people didn't actually plan them out. A person would say "I want to get in great shape this year" but not actually plan it out. Instead what you would want to do is say "I'm going to get into shape this year so I'm going to do X, Y and Z". E.g. don't eat as many doughnuts, schedule going to the gym 3 times a week and going for more walks.
Like the majority of the country, I recently became ill. So whilst I couldn't actually do anything (standing up makes the planets rotation speed increase exponentially for some reason), I did decide to take time to write out everything, and I mean everything, that I wanted to do and get done. The list is exhaustive and absolutely stupid in some parts, but it was nice to get it all written out so I could quantify it. I know I'm usually "goals" motivated so I've started noodling on what lofty goals I could try to commit to in an attempt to make sure I stick to said list.
What have the past 3 months been like? Very busy and very not busy at the same time. My full time work (Functionality Tester for Frontier Developments) has naturally taken up the majority of my time. It's a fun job, and whilst at times it can be taxing, it is a far cry from the complete anguish and misery I regularly experienced as a producer.
Outside of those regularly scheduled hours what else has there been? Quack Island mostly. The design process has been difficult. When you have a massive blank canvas, it can be daunting to say "we are specifically doing THIS" and hope everyone is on board. But, I think I've cracked how I will break down the work and deliver it in such a way that the rest of the team isn't blocked, which is always priority one.
Hope you've had a rad 2021, or an ok 2021, or at least made it through 2021. Let's see if 2022 is any less hellish.