In working toward the GBXM 1.13 Super Issue in a little over a week’s time, there’s a lot of additional stories to complete. One of the most damning things about what we do is constantly being at the mercy of those we cover. These people generously give of themselves – their time, their thoughts, their existentialism. It’s not our place to impose upon their personal lives. Our deadlines are just that – our deadlines. Plain and simple.
Still, we try to get those responses back in time to get the stories into the next issue. Not everyone has the time to drop an epic, 3,000 word story on us within 24 hours like Dave Thompson, whose story is going to be one of the main features of the upcoming super issue. Not only did he make it remarkably easy for us to get his story into the magazine, he shared how a couple specific goals in the beginning make for a more rewarding build process, which provides the inspiration and confidence to take a machine to the next level; say, building a twincharger system for your SOHC Dodge Neon.
BUSY VS. PRODUCTIVE
Years ago, I started reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It comes highly recommended, generally by middle managers in corporate settings. The more self-improvement stuff you read, though, the more it all starts to sound the same. Notice I said I started reading.
In a similar vein, when you’re focused on inspiring people (gearheads) to consider themselves part of a diverse, global community (the international gearhead movement) by pointing out how a lot of the things we do in pursuit of our hobby (“playing with cars”) actually translates into marketable professional skills (résumés), there’s a risk of it all starting to sound the same.
I guess, what I’m really trying to say here is, we’re all busy. I haven’t heard from the friendly individuals at Permatex and Loctite who told me they would be delighted to work with me on a couple articles for you about RTV sealants and threadlockers since the end of July. And I’ve been too busy to follow up, so I’m just going to compile my research and make those articles happen in 1.13.
BUSY VS. PRODUCTIVE (TAKE 2)
This is my constant challenge. Here’s a quick list of things I’m stressing about right now:
- finishing about 6 stories for 1.13
- building 60-100 pages after work in the next week
- finishing this GBXM 4.0 website redesign
- installing, tuning our point-of-sale
- keeping in the process of posting to this site
- sharing abridged versions of past stories on the site
- replacing a heater hose, installing skid plate before…
- …picking up Bodo at the airport
- my first ever drive up to Crown King (4wd trail)
- xmas shopping
- + a couple projects I need to complete at work
Back to 7 Habits, I want to say the big difference between being busy and productive is prioritization. Covey had a box divided into four quadrants for urgent, not-urgent, and important, non-important. I found a simpler version on a Time to Write blog, pictured above. As you might imagine, everything on the list above is either a 1 or a 2.
THERE’S A LOT GOING ON
I’ve got to get back to work, but I wanted to keep you in the loop with developments here at GBXM|united.
The best is yet to come!