Well, it’s been a while since I wrote anything here. I’ve been meaning to but then another day goes by and it’s still not done.
So, what’s the problem?
I’m one of those people who works better when I have lots to do. When I’m busy I’ll always find time to do that extra chore, but when I’m not busy the jobs I do have expand to fill the available time. I appear to be busy, but when I look back through my day I realise I have achieved nothing.
And that’s partly why I haven’t written anything lately. I’ve been so busy doing nothing that I haven’t had the time.
The original intention
I had hoped to use my work to illustrate common design challenges (and solutions) and perhaps highlight some of the pitfalls waiting for the unwary (in a suitably witty, self-deprecating, way). However, so far my biggest challenge is finding work – any work at all.
And what do you write about when you’ve got nothing to do?
So, what now?
My predicament isn’t unusual or unique. Having spoken to other designers in the area I know that many are struggling to find work at the moment. If established companies are struggling, what hope does a newcomer like me have?
This business is based on recommendation. You need that first job (done well, of course) to get the second. At the moment that first job is eluding me, but I’m sure it will come. I am in an enviable position – I don’t HAVE to work – I have ‘another half’ bringing home the bacon, so I can afford to grit my teeth and sit it out.
In the meantime, perhaps it’s time to stop prevaricating (micro-analysing my website stats) and time to finish my final projects, so I can claim my Garden Design Diploma before the spring rush. Well, you never know!