491: Juggling

I'm going to finish up the comic I've been working on and post it up on Friday.  That'll be all the comics for this week, and then more again on Monday.

The problem with artistic work like comics, music, and other media is not that it's particularly difficult, but that it's incredibly time consuming.  And most importantly, you never know exactly how long it's going to take you, so it's difficult to schedule beforehand.  I can't tell myself "Ok, I'll spend three hours listening to music, four hours drawing, one hour writing songs," because I have no idea how long those things will actually take me to finish.  Every time I sit down to draw a comic, it could be anywhere from 6 to 12 hours before I'm done.  (I draw incredibly slowly.)  Emails are all personal and they vary in length and depth.  And most of them come with a musical recommendation that could take me twenty minutes to listen to, or two hours to listen to.  Exercise takes several hours.  Watching shows and playing games does, too.  My other job is a guaranteed 8 hours each time. And when it comes to family, you can't exactly allot a certain amount of time for anything.  "Sorry brother, sorry father, our conversation has been fascinating, but I'm afraid we've gone past the one-hour time limit together.  Let us continue this heart-to-heart tomorrow, at the same time."  Everything adds up, and it's way too much to fit into a single day.

But, I still think there's a way to manage it all.  I might not be able to fit everything into a single day, but if I can devote certain days to doing certain activities, and get into a more consistent groove between work and play, I bet I could find time to include everything I want to by the end of each week.  The problem is that none of it can be very rigid - if a comic takes me twice as long as it usually does, I have to be prepared to make the necessary adjustments.  I'm hoping that I find that groove, and right now I'm optimistic that I will.  But I know that it's going to take some time.  It is a lifestyle change we're talking about, after all.

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