Published: Monday March 30, 2015.

Spring-ing forward

And so, as these things are wont to do twice a year, the clocks changed and went forward for summer. Every time this has happened in recent years, I’ve been off-kilter for about a week afterwards. It’s a whacky kind of jet lag, I think. I can’t explain it. This year, I hope, will be different. The hour of sleep I lost on Saturday night won’t be returned to me for another six months, but I chose a different tack this time: the red eye approach – just batter through the 1am transition and think of it as a very late night.

Saturday was a decompression day for me. I had a single appointment in the morning, which concluded with an hour-long chat with three of the village mavens, and helped me come to some decisions professionally. Last week was hard, and I made a conscious move to focus on positive stuff for the week/month/season ahead. I had an excellent FaceTime chat with a faraway friend and scored some fulfilling work from a startup business. The 2pm beach clean was uneventful, aside from the lack of company to chat with as I was flying solo. There were lots and lots of small pieces of rope. My Saturday night started in front of a screen, I sold something without having to go through the pain of eBay (which makes me very happy), ticked a big bunch of things off my to-do list, and ended the evening in front of a screen playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – Claptastic Voyage with my housemate. The perfect end to an eventful week.

I’m geared up to start work on my book, too. I was intending this to be April 1st with the new quarter, but it begins today. I’ve been spurred on to do it with fresh enthusiasm, mostly as a result of interest in my other technical writing and the Saturday meeting with the three wise ladies. I’ll make a proper announcement in an upcoming post, but the 500 words per day habit has set me in good stead to get the first draft done by autumn or early winter. That sounds like it’s a long way off, but things move pretty fast. By the time the clocks tick back in 6 months time I should be about there.

The next fortnight will include year-end financial stuff, VAT returns and a kind of spring restart. I’m also aiming to get my business tax return done by May 1st. If all goes to plan for the coming financial year, Pragmatika will be in training to become a Limited company. I’m having a dry run without the burden of actually filing paperwork to see if it’s viable to go down the Limited or LLP route. I’m a third of the way through the EX23 Technical Services sunset period and it finally feels like it’s happening. It’s all my own doing, of course, and the solution is mine to undertake, too. Game on.