I’ve always done the former, especially when you consider blogging. I’ve normally got at least half a dozen personal projects going, and when you add in the additional dozen for my day job, it’s all gets a bit ridiculous.
When I look at my lack of progress on any one thing, I console myself by thinking that someday I will finish everything at once, which will just explode. Yeah, it took me fifteen years to finish a book, but when I did I actually had ten books to publish all at once! Neat, huh?
Except I don’t think it works. Without focus, little progress is made, and it’s hard for our minds to switch gears that well. Writing about technology requires a very different mental state compared to writing fantasy fiction. Editing an essay isn’t the same as typing a blog entry.
But I want to do all these different things. I don’t really want to stop any of them, even temporarily. Despite that, I think I’m going to have to . I just can’t do everything all at once. I need to pick a project and get it banged out, then focus 100% on editing it, and then finish so I can go to the next thing.
Which of these groups do you find yourself in? Are you happy there, or do you think the other might work better?