12. June, 2003 - Do It Really Half-Assed

For the past week, I’ve been feeling swamped with obligations. And it’s been causing me to get farther behind, which leads to feeling more swamped. For that matter, I’ve been following Homer Simpson’s philosophy:

Lisa, if you don’t like your job you don’t strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way.

which isn’t necessarily the best plan when you work for yourself.

Yesterday I decided I needed to try another approach, so I took the day off and went to the Saints game. Before leaving for the game, I sent email to a couple people who have been hassling me about things I’ve been doing as a volunteer. The gist of the messages was: Look, I’m doing this for you for free. If you wanna make it a hassle, I’ll be happy to quit and leave you to your own damned devices. Then I shut off the computer and went to the ball-game. I didn’t even turn the computer on until this morning, and after dealing with about a hundred emails, I realized that for the first day in a long time, I hadn’t gotten any snarky emails from those people. Huzzah!

After a bit of reading the web this morning at my own pace, I think I’m ready to get back in the saddle for some real work and the daily update of the site here, albeit later than usual. But you know what, the site update is late, and I don’t really care if people don’t like it. I’ll deal with the paying work, since those people are paying me, but I’ve had enough of trying to go the extra mile on things I’m doing for free. If the quality of the work isn’t up to what people want, or they’re just looking for someone to pass their headaches onto, they can spend some money and hire someone to do the work.

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