Thursday, 15 May 2014

Yesterday at the day job...

I read somewhere today when I was looking for pictures of boredom,(yes thats how bored I was at the day job),  that if you say you are bored, then you are not doing ‘God’s work.’

Pah!! I thought. Thank Goodness because that really would be a waste of time.

But then it got me thinking about Youology and my ‘faith in humans’ explanation for that thing we call religion and I wondered – what does that mean to me?

If I am bored, I am not helping others.
If I am bored, I am not being useful.
If I am bored, I am not putting my thoughts or actions to good use.

All relatively obvious no?

So then how can I alleviate that boredom?

Bake a cake for my neighbour?
Carry out a random act of kindness for someone in my house, next door, on the street or plucked out of my social network?
Getting on with something that my beloved has been putting off for weeks?
Doing a job that we both detest, like washing the windows, cleaning the toilets, researching cheaper house insurance.

And I realised I could be being more productive, and less bored.

Doing good is a great way to pass the time. We just don’t always opt for it because quite often we are restrained by our daily responsibilities. Some people are simply very self centred and never think beyond what they can do for themselves. Its not an immediate go to palce is it? Imagine “hmmm I have a spare hour, what will I do now? Oh I will offer to help my neighbour with something?”...not a regular occurrence?

No me neither. But from now on. I will try to be more outward reaching.

My only problem is, now that I had found the solution…how am I going to get out of the day job to go do it??!!

The OCD of anticipation

One month in and the deadlines are fast approaching...
The excitement increasing, the disorganisation becoming apparent.

Time has been productive and creative for Bluetopia so far. Gigs for 2014 will be in this order:
  1. Knockengorrach
  2. Eden
  3. Glastonbury
  4. T in the Park
  5. Wickerman
  6. Kendal Calling
Time is tight for getting everything ready for Glastonbury, but knowing how well i work under pressure, i am confident it will all be ready.

It’s the Wickerman job I’m really worrying about. Simply because we have new work (lots of it), new budgets and new members. Working with a range of paid, volunteer and ticket only staff can often create tension in commitment and reliability and it is these aspects I am so delicately in the middle of managing at the moment. I like to ensure there is a fair balance of work to fun ratio for all involved whether they are an artist, manual labourer or general crew helpers. Its important no one feels hard done by and that I feel everyone has worked for their dues. Like I said...fine balance. But being a Libra, I am all about the balance.

I have a few last minute jobs up my leadership sleeves to sucker punch those who haven’t contributed enough with and some perks and treats for those who have gone that extra mile.

Loving the challenge of all the complexities. Not enjoying some of the stress related side effects. One of which is to constantly dream about bad weather and missing staff!!

The only other stress point comes from the PR company arranging my press passes for 3 of the festivals on my writers to-do list. I am told this is the norm, to not expect to hear until one to two weeks before the gig. But how can one plan for that? I already have a competing booking request for an unconfirmed gig date and need to book my off site camping for T-in the Park before the price rockets beyond the already extreme £160 for a campervan. I need to get it booked but whats the point if the tickets are not confirmed? And how do I know where I will go? Do press have their own camping area? Or are they (as I suspect) in with the rest of the punters (something I swore over 15 years ago NEVER EVER to do again). Is there a campervan field at T in the Park or is it just all general fenced in camping? Will someone direct me to the stage I am supposed to be working from? Every organised bone in my body screaming - WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON???
Questions questions questions. Not good for an OCD planner like myself to have so much of the season left, unplanned, unconfirmed, all until the last minute. Not a trait I enjoy and certainly prone to putting me off festival writing if that’s how the jobs come in.

So what with all the business of festival creativity and the planning trepidation of my dream job come true, it feels like a long summer ahead – yay but peppered with more OCD for me!!