Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.
A few weeks ago, I posted about lacking motivation towards my app dev projects. I was not getting anything accomplished and needed to get back on track. I decided to publicly admit my slackness in the hope that I would be shamed into doing something about it. I set a goal of completing one task each day with the intent of spending at least an hour a day.
Today, I am going to share the results of my experiment in self motivation. I am working on an update for my workout app RipDeck, and I am very happy with my renewed interest and enthusiasm.
The log below is based on my commit log and is sadly not as complete and thorough as it should be. Maybe that needs to be my next goal. The details aren’t that important. I just want to show the kinds of tasks that I have been working on over the last few weeks.
Friday 9/23 – 1.25 hours
Ripped out the tab bar. A tabbed interface was overkill for this app.
Saturday 9/24 – 1 hour
Researched ad placement and moved banner ad to the bottom for lite version.
Sunday 9/25 – 1 hour
Fixed display of history detail on workout completion. Added done button to dismiss detail view and removed ability to go back to other history entries from this view.
Monday 9/26 – 1 hour
Cleanup of warnings from tab bar removal. (Removing the tab bar caused all sorts of pain and suffering.) Updated ShareKit to latest version.
Tuesday 9/27 – 1.25 hours
Added nav bar to main workout view but had to hide status bar to avoid clipping. Looking for solution.
Wednesday 9/28 – 1.25 hours
Added display of modal settings view but need a better button. Fixed clearing of history.
Thursday 9/29 – 1.25 hours
Added icons to workout view for help and settings and wired them up.
Friday 9/30 – 1 hour
Added button for history and wired it up but still need an icon.
Monday 10/3 – 1.25 hours
Cleaned up inconsistent done buttons. Changed history table views to grouped and added share button.
Tuesday 10/4 – 2.5 hours
Watched 4s announcement. Upgraded VMware Fusion to 4. Installed Lion vm. Installed iOS 5 sdk in vm. Launched RipDeck in iOS 5 sim.
Wednesday 10/5 – 1 hour
Cleanup rotation issues. Work on showing news view when new news is detected. (incomplete)
Whew, that brings us up to date. I feel like I fell back into the groove nicely. I missed a few days this weekend due to a family trip to Carowinds (Intimidator is awesome), but worked every other evening for at least an hour. I am pleased with my results and I am very glad that I challenged myself to get back with the program. I still have a lot of work to get the update completed, but I have rediscovered my enthusiasm and I am having a great time doing what I love.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.