Yesterday I journaled, and today I’m journaling, about creating and closing satellite workspaces, decluttering, and streamlining the getting-stuff-done process. Have you ever heard of having to make a mess before you can clean it? Today, I created the Spotify playlist, Meet Cute, by adding its first song, Dave Matthew’s Band’s Satellite, with the intention of it being a document, satellite to the main movie project, in the form of a working soundtrack. The Commute today, while listening, conjured comparisons between lists and satellites, everyone’s various personal lists versus some truth to which they are satellite, like goals versus what gets accomplished, like dreams versus reality, like different people’s points of view versus the perpetually anamorphic objective truth, or collective truth.
Really, lists like the ones you make when you stop what you’re doing, to create a list of things to do or scratch paper notes, those are kinds of satellite workspaces. It’s not a satellite office, and it’s not a remote desktop or web app version of programs installed on your computer, like web Outlook or Google Docs, that can facilitate work or schoolwork from home, or work from the cloud rather than your home computer. Scratch or draft paper is like an analog version of that. And, sometimes pieces of scratch paper pile up – like little paper satellite offices from the main office, the main office being analogous to some finished main product you are trying to achieve, whether that be like a draft research paper satellite to your final paper, or a fridge full of groceries resulting from your satellite grocery list, or full stomachs and productivity, health, and happiness in your household, as a result of your satellite to-do list, of satellite chores, including uncluttering and cleaning your home, as well as shopping for supplies and food. You want to get this thing done that will make you happy, and there are so many things satellite to that. Those tools or tasks along the way to get you there, that so-here-called journey, is what is trying to be appreciated here.
People are satellites, too. You can delegate to them or they to you. Your work compliments each others’ work, your relationships to each other make each of you whole. You learn from each other. Claire is a satellite. Daniel is a satellite. Story characters are satellites, and when considering scratch paper is a satellite, it can give the scratch paper more significance, rather than, inversely, likening relationships to scratch paper and downgrading them to something easily thrown away, or something that should be thrown away, like an area of your life to be “decluttered.” You can romanticize a list of chores that benefits your overall life, a to-do list or free-write. And, you can do it by comparing it to a person that served a significant purpose in your life. You, and life, and everyone, and everything may have moved forward. You don’t always explicitly think about what you decided to do with the paper. Romanticizing things can be good and bad, and a fictional story, like Meet Cute, can flush that out. You can be grateful, obsessed, hoard dated information, cling to past and people, or inversely you can be doomed to forget things, and repeat lessons your body needs to learn. A pile of paper, clutter, can weigh you down, maybe, like some relationships might. Nevertheless, relationships in general are important and hold significance whether we see it or not, even if it involves letting something go. How long does everyone keep web browser tabs open, for instance? Emails? How long should they? How long ’til you let things go? And what’s left?
Of course, this is a metaphor for how we become who we are or do what we do, on any given day or morning, based on some input/output with something outside of ourselves. That thing can be a tangible piece of paper, a website, television, or a person or conversation, that influences our motivations and actions in a given timeframe. And sometimes, when a person or list or computer software or job no longer serves us efficiently, we let them go and move on, toss them or tuck them away to declutter or reference some other day, or from time to time.
I published and re-proofread and re-edited this blog post, paused to get customer support from web-hosting on a website security question I had, closed those additional Chrome tabs and support window, and I will start to delete some of these draft posts that have been sitting in my WordPress dashboard for a year, now. I decided, hard for me to do, the lessons are as retained as they’ll be and the “paperwork” served its purpose, needs to go, and that clear space will serve my life better. So, as messy as this is, think of this space as a year or more in the making, consolidating a stack of clutter that were thoughts that were piled higher than the length of this.
Meet Cute, the playlist, is a nostalgic mix of 90’s and anachronistic, modern songs that have 90’s vibes. It accompanies the nostalgia recalling what it felt like when lessons were new and stinging. So far, it also has songs like Tumble in the Rough, Let’s Call It Off, All Through the Night, All the Go Inbetweens, Black Balloon, and others.
“Time horizon, one minute. Chief, we’re catching up to the future.”
When opening Untitled Git (Global Information Tracker), and being in the satellite spirit, I opened the Minority Report screenplay, a document satellite to the main project, a website shortcut meant to inspire me with a view of a successful end product I adore. And, not to mention, it is a collaboration upon a collaboration, being a movie based on a short story, those things being collaborations within themselves. Originally, it was to recall the quote, “…it’s pouring out of her backwards.”
Me looking it up – and the quote itself – they’re both a reference to how work gets done; people kind of a) place random priorities or no priorities on tasks to get done, improvising what’s next to do or b) do the thing they thought to do most recently rather than referring to the oldest or highest priority task to do. And, to be honest with oneself, try as people might, they invariably devolve into some improvisation of priorities like this. Everyone does it, even if it’s just for a moment during the continual attempt to gauge and strictly do top priority tasks first, for efficiency, or follow, for instance, the Pareto Principle. But I think admitting that we don’t always have the stamina to do the best thing first, and forgiving that potential and transient inefficiency, is actually the more efficient practice.
The movie script shortcut was saved because I love that script. I’ll close the Chrome tab, today, but scripts go somewhere special for a bit. It’s not something to delete.
Untitled‘s “main step throughout” is #publish. It’s pointing toward the end goal in title, but expanding, it specifies also to be mindful the work is ongoing, which is meant to be a reminder to be forgiving and somewhat relaxed. Chess games have been helpful, persistent reminders to whittle away unnecessary moves. The “#” is the symbol for checkmate. I’ll still be working on openings and middle games. Also, research first. Some work might have already been done for you. The “#” has also come to have a personal meaning of “expandable” like a website or app dropdown menu. The idea comes from the fact that hashtags are index categories. While keeping an eye towards the end goal of publishing, tools to use are organizing thoughts, like in lists, drafts, scratch or scrap paper, going in order of priority or out of order, but still achieving forward progress, and paying attention to what’s right in front of you first, what you’re most interested in, what most motivates you in the moment, for whatever reason, just to get going, and then recalling other priorities later or in the same fashion.
Sum up my journal entry 2022 05-11, and work. Recall the Khan reboot quote, “Now.. shall we begin?” That, after he describes the moves that he already knows each opposing party is going to make, he on the starship Vengeance and they on the Enterprise. “Reboot” Spock had an ace in the hole, achieved by contacting the original Spock to learn about Khan. Spock moves against him in the interim before Khan contacts the Enterprise, and when Khan points out the endgame as he predicts it, there exists that inherent shortcoming within his prediction, of which neither he nor the audience knows the details.
Think, “nerds.” It’s not a novel idea, specifically because of Chris Hardwick’s book, The Nerdist Way. Apply everyone’s nerd side to a scene that is satellite to the whole project – their lists, their endgames – and that can be applied to a movie story or an individual like myself’s outward perspective on life. Apply their nerd side, lists, and endgames to mine. Also, research first, shop The Nerdist Way. This post is Meet Cute scratch paper on steroids. Basically, it is Meet Cute (in it’s current imperfect, work-in-progress stage) scratch paper. It is a free-write, a brainstorm, a game plan, a pre-to-do list. Can one reduce the amount of lists one creates, or saves, without creating a new list, or lists, or saving them? These considerations and writings, and other tangents, are satellites.
Daniel and Claire meet, they ask and answer their own, each other’s and others’ questions, which may include a literal or figurative, “Can I take that back?” But, remember, attempting to forget someone or something is still making an effort to forget, it still requires action, it still creates a story. Our story is complete only with things happening outside of ourselves, like our parents meeting before us.
I’ve edited this post so much after publishing it that I don’t think I’ll be taking the Publish, first, route again. I’ve described here, though, the techniques of forgiving going out of order and remembering to research first, which continue to benefit me. I think I’ve created an argument for continuing to write and save as many scraps as it takes. Suffice it to say, a reasonable argument can be made for the following satellite, project plan statement: “But first, let’s put on some music.” Queue Satellite.