The Prodigal Altar Boy

Saturday, December 24, 2011

T-7 Days and Counting - “Process is King.”

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-7 Days and Counting
24 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Karen Everett’s Ultimate Guide to Structuring Your Documentary week 6 module: “Editing a Compelling Rough Cut”
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
Warm up on the MojoCaster
Grace City Christmas Service Songs
Mary, Did You Know
We Three Kings
The First Noel
You Are The Living Word
Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)
Total time:  2 hours

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Active rest

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
“Donated” this time to Christmas Eve music work
Worked on chord progression for “You are The Living Word”
Total time:  30 minutes

Seven Days – It’s the Final Countdown

My Top Ten Favorite Things of the Last 100 Days
#7 Lessons Learned

As this 100-day experiment wound down, I took time to recap some of the lessons I learned in the course of the blog. 

I will recap the Lessons Learned from the blog with links at the end of this piece.

An important lesson - “Process is King.”
When I proposed the 100-day countdown blog, I set the goals low so the incentive would be to do “something,” rather than have daunting tasks paralyze me.  Even so, there were some days when the thought of blogging the day’s activities (especially when I had not accomplished much) filled me with dread.  So far, I have been able to make it through by creating a process for blog creation.  Early on, I began to save the basic log as a Word document.  I do all my writing and the majority of editing in Word, then export that to Blogger.  Instead of starting from scratch, I can use the previous day’s blog file in Word, and build on that template.  When it comes to ideas for the blog, I take time out during the day to jot down possible topics for the blog.  When I get home, I take one of those topics and turn it into a blog post.  If I am going to reference print articles in a post, while reading the article, I highlight salient points that could make it into the blog.  By day’s end, rather than stare at a blank screen, the bulk of my work for the blog is done.  My rough draft is in Word and additional idea can be fleshed out from my notes.  While the blog does not write itself, being organized and developing processes speeds production.

Here are the links to previous lessons learned:
Start of "Lessons Learned"   
Who Do You Think You Are? 
What Caddyshack Teaches About Life