In response to, "Things are on fire? Hmm. Well, then," one of the guys I work with emailed me and offered to take things off my plate for me and pick up the slack.
I really appreciated it. He's a fantastic dude. But I wanted to explain that no, it's cool, the stuff I'm cutting is what's worth cutting, and what's left I have plenty of time for. Here's my reply to him -
Graciously appreciated and you're welcome to contribute, but I consider this project the "fueling up the airplanes" and "recruiting a corps of engineers" time - it's where I want to be spending time.
I've blown off a lot of bullshit. The hot water is off in my building, I haven't showered for a couple days, and it's gross. Oh well, I'll cold shower in a moment (I just exercised). My email hasn't been answered. Little bullshit isn't getting done...
...and it doesn't matter! I've got PLENTY of time for my main company out here, this project, writing, fitness, iconography, and connecting with good people. The other stuff is on fire? So be it!
Anyway, I've got plenty of time for this project. It's valuable, I love you guys, it's a good thing that will help people, it's lucrative, it'll teach me more. You're of course welcome to participate as much or as little as you like, but anyways I've basically got to be involved at all the marketing stuff henceforth - it's all high level stuff. I'm happy to teach/explain/share with you anything you want to know more, but it's not something I could get you up to speed on even in a few hours - I've put thousands of hours into this over the last few years. (I've got a video on marketing running on my second computer while I'm typing this, it's been going while I was exercising, etc).
I appreciate it! It's very cool of you to offer. As for the errands, the nonsense, not being able to shower? Fuck it, it's only slightly uncomfortable. I actually went to a spa just to take a shower since I didn't want to fuck around for two hours figuring out the water, and a spa is relaxing while fucking around trying to communicate with the useless management office here in Chinese is aggravating. And you know what? I mentioned it to a friend of mine, who is having his maid come over and set it up for me, at the cost of $5 to me. Let the small fires burn! Onwards!
" (I’ve got a video on marketing running on my second computer while I’m typing this, it’s been going while I was exercising, etc)."
Don't you single-task?
About this material (video/audio) running while you do a main task... do you usually learn something? I'm afraid that putting this noise (yep, it's good content, but still a noise) on background will take my focus/productivity down.
How is your experience with that?
It's nice being over-bandwidth, because things come into clear perspective.
Our new office is live on Monday, I've got to be there and start training some of the staff we've got coming onboard.
So my other two major projects need to be deathmarched to a sustainable state for my involvement to fall off a lot after Monday.
Perspective... a little bit of smoke is wafting in the room. Normally I'd go, "Ahh, a fire!" and I'd run to put it out.
But it's a little trash fire. We've got a whole inferno a few miles away. Can't see it, can't smell it, but it'll overtake and destroy many important things if not handled.
I think it's our third day here. It's hard to tell because I've spent a good amount of that time sleeping. However, I'm now over the jet lag and ready for action again.
Last year when we came to Japan we had no jet lag at all. My jet lag strategy is to try to match my sleeping pattern to the destination's. We got into Japan at 4pm on Tuesday, so I should have been awake for 4-6 hours and have slept for 8 hours.
That's how we did it last year and it was fine.