Meeting the Deadlines

California / June 5, 2012 / by Chris
Meeting the Deadlines

Every so often, I make a huge mistake on the bus. That mistake is actually looking at my to-do list. The work I do on Bus 52 is typically so enjoyable that it rarely feels like work. But as soon as I realize how much I have to do in any given day…well, that's when my inner procrastinator starts getting stressed. We work with a lot of deadlines on Bus 52 - every story has to be filmed, the film has to be edited, scored, and revised; articles need to be written, photo albums created, and all the while we are constantly looking ahead at new stories and places to explore. Just fitting the work in is a full-time job; fitting the work in while trying to explore the country is how you know all five of us are borderline insane.

Deadlines may be what knocks a few working years off of my heart, but they are what keep us running. I find them helpful creatively not just because they make me get off my butt and do work, but because they give me the ability to step back and accept whatever I'm doing as "done." Whether it's writing blog posts or music, I have a bad tendency to want to tweak my creations to death; deadlines help me let go and put something out in the world, feeling ok that whatever state I've made it to is good enough.