As of the writing of this text (autumn 2017), I have finished the layouts for five cuts for the Return the Favor animated short film. However, by now, I actually should have finished seven.
According to the schedule, I need to finish 23 cuts by the end of the month. Without that, the next stages are in trouble.
The pressure usually leads me to work hard but I am not happy doing things with so much pressure!!
To deliver, I must say 'no' to things that take me time and are (right now) less important than the animation; work harder during the time that I am supposed to be focused on layouts; cut my perfectionism so I can get it done on time.
Planning a way out to be on schedule again doesn’t necessarily take the stress from me.
So, what should I do a part from hustling?
Storyboard for RETURN THE FAVOR.
After days of thinking, I realized something:
The stress doesn’t originate in the amount of work but from my fear on not delivering to my own expectations.
I put myself goals of what I haven’t done before so I can level up. That is what gives me (in other people's eyes) great results: I always* achieve more than last time even if it is not what I really wanted.
*always, because they don’t see a result when I fail.
BUT HAPPINESS IS MY CHOICE.
So, I choose to work really hard and stop myself when I start pressuring myself with my thoughts. When I let those thoughts run loose, it normally ends up in poor health habits such as eating too many sweets or lack of proper sleep, etc.
I choose to be happy about going up while fighting full speed NOW.
And I will feel bad if I procrastinate UNLESS I specifically allocate myself that time for resting (yes, I schedule rest time. It works well).
I can’t keep making myself happy 100% of the time (I am pretty EMOTIONAL). But I'll do my best to make it not just for me but for the people who support me.
Every time I suffer, those people worry for me as well! And I could think that "it is their job as friends", but instead I want to appreciate them and put in the effort when I need to go up emotionally again.
When you are stressed and unhappy you affect yourself as well as others. If making a choice to be happy and force the positive feelings to deal with stress is difficult for you sometimes, then do it for the people you love!
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PSSST! This content was previously shared in a Newsletter months ago. It has been modified to fit here.