This weekend was a good one. I was at the beach and got a little darker. I do not go to the beach too much not really a 'lay down on the sand for 4 hours' type of guy. I kinda of feel I am wasting time just laying on my towel. But peer pressure among females suck and I ended up going for about 4 hours and left with another group of people I met at the beach. While I was at the beach I had projects that had to get done.
One of them was integrating a theme I found into WordPress. I actually like this theme and found it hard to start coding it for WordPress, I didn't mind doing it but I feel like I am wasting time doing it. I went a head and found a freelancer a couple days prior to to this past Saturday to go ahead and implement the theme with WordPress. I made sure I checked out his previous work and portfolio etc.
It only took this person 2 days to go ahead and implement all the features of WordPress into the new layout I found. BUT there was a problem, messy coding and poor use of WordPress coding and integration. I kindly got a partial refund because the freelancer did what he had to do, but I ended up cleaning a lot of his work.
I sometimes think to myself that damn I wish I can just hit 'CTRL+C' some where on the keyboard and clone myself. I would get things done the way I want them and perfectly. The problem with paying someone to do your work is you have no control of what they are doing - they are doing the job on their own pace and executing the task they see fit. Where as someone like me I like things done my way and if it isn't then I feel like it does not look or will ever be successful.
But that is my train of thought which I change my perception easily. But this freelancer did always kept in contact with me and made sure everything was correct, layout wize, etc. Too bad I didn't see the raw file because I would have told him to clean it all up and use proper WP coding. Since I already paid and now I have just went ahead and cleaned up the code, I tend to look at it and be like hmmmmm I don't know if I really like it anymore. With me being an old web designer, I always change themes and layouts - I get bored. You can tell because IanFernando.com has been changed over and over and over again.
With all that said I wish I can copy myself, I would be dedicating my time more efficiently to what needs to be done. I sometimes think that if I did everything myself I would be far off and better. I have so many ideas yet I can not execute them all. They are all written on my white board ready for me to take over and execute my idea, it is too bad I have like 5 other projects or ideas I am working on.
A copy of me would be doing so much things such as:
- Reading (reading is a great source of information)
- Coding and Design (I have so many websites that are just laying around)
- Marketing (I need to fully market a lot of my old sites and products)
- Start on Project 1-Indefinite (so many ideas so little time)
Those are just the basics, if I add in gym work, food shopping, house work etc then there would be a lot more of me. I just like things done my way or close to my way - because they famous saying goes "if you want it done right, do it yourself!"
Don't you wish you can just Copy yourself 'so many' times over!