I have a rant to get to but first…
I’m moving soon. I haven’t been working on personal projects because my job and family takes precedence and both have been needing more attention lately. I’m hoping that in the next month or so I can get back on track. I have been mostly taking down copious notes on some projects that will need a good deal of planning because they will require me to invest substantially. That said I’m really looking forward to getting more work done in the coming months, especially now that my partner is going to be living with me!
and now a gentle rant
There is going to be a time when you need to change. It’s not easy and you won’t always see the benefits right away. If you notice a better way to do your work or find a tool you can learn to use that saves time then do a cost benefit analysis and go for it.
You either innovate or die a slow costly death working twice as hard for half the profit.
There’s always going to be that risk that what you invest your time and money in is going to only make a marginal difference or even set you back. Just accept it and learn from that.
I have had a pet project at work for the past year at least finding a faster way to create higher quality drawings while also reducing file sizes and it’s really paying off. This has meant getting my hands on some new programs and trying something new wherein hours wasted are big deal and cut noticeably into the bottomline. The first batch proved my process could work to get better images with smaller file sizes but failed to save time. My second run I tweaked the process listening suggestion from coworkers and the results have been about a 30% reduction in production time.
Of course nothing is ever perfect, I’ll likely be varying the formula for my process every chance I get to run it.
Learning never ends and you can’t learn without taking a few calculated risks.
Anyways that’s my rant. It’s directed at no-one and everyone who works in a competitive industry.