Pattern Recognition

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most of the night, wondering if I've taken on too much. Can I really confirm the commissions and organise it all in three weeks? If I can't, the loss of credibility is likely to be *hugely* damaging to my career..
16th Nov 2005, 06:07   | tags:,,

daz says:

You can do it. You're the most energetic, most powerful and dynamic woman I have ever met.

*cheers for you* :)

16th Nov 2005, 07:18

Can I come and help? London? I can get the 09:50 train? Good luck!

16th Nov 2005, 08:57

Viv says:

self doubt won't help - you're in the water now so all you can do is swim - and maybe shout help (if there's jobs you can give to others) - go girl!

16th Nov 2005, 09:15

Dhamaka says:

Thank you Daz and JetBlack

- you're completely right Viv, except that, given my normal approach to life, I think (I hope) that occassional periods of self doubt help balance me out.

16th Nov 2005, 11:24

Viv says:

doubt that doubt is the right word!
and if it is - now is not the time!

16th Nov 2005, 16:34

Dhamaka says:

you're right. What I doubt is that it's at all possible for anyone to organise it in 3 weeks.

16th Nov 2005, 18:31

Eeep... I'm sure it'll all work out. Some stress is alright, but when it starts affecting your sleep it's definitely not good (trust me, I'm a pathological insomniac). What is it you need to organise?

Cool shot anyway :o)

16th Nov 2005, 19:34

Dhamaka says:

Thanks Rare

I'm trying to organise a (roughly) 1500 mile cycle ride of the Wine Trail in Argentina. It goes from South (43degrees S in Patagonia) to North (20degrees S in Salta) through 8 major regions.

Although everyone thinks they know what the Wine Route is, it turns out that nobody has actually travelled it (or at least documented it) all before. Which is fantastic from a PR point of view but makes it all rather more complicated logistically. So I need to do a Proof of Concept trip in the 2 weeks before Christmas to make sure my plans are realistic and to get enough material to pitch the big story to the big guys, get some serious sponsorship (don't have the bikes yet) and then go out again in January for the Big One.

On top of organising it, getting sponsors and making sure I know what wineries etc I go to, I need more commissions to get the deals I need, and it's not sensible to cycle on your own anywhere so I also have to find cycling buddies and while a couple of friends have said they might for a couple of weeks, I expect it to take 4 months minimum.

Also pretty much everything shuts down for Christmas (Summer) over there so it all needs to be sorted in the next 3 weeks..

Any mobloggers feel like joining me for a couple of weeks? Let me know..

16th Nov 2005, 19:48

bronxelf says:

as always it will come down to the very last possible moment, and you'll either throw the thing on the table or not. This is speaking as the mistress of the impossible deadline. I also know that a bunch of people telling you you can do it when theyre not the one staring at the workload doesn't make the task less daunting.

Just organize it in order ot priority and how long each task takes. Do the longest, and most high priority tasks first. Then fill it in in the time you have left with what's left on the table.

It's just a matter of throwing down the skillz, yo.

17th Nov 2005, 08:05

Dhamaka says:

yo ;-)

17th Nov 2005, 14:01

Whoa... ok, sounds like quite the workload.

On the plus side, it'll be fantastic if it all turns out ok, and you get to travel to Argentina lots!

Would they be professional cyclists doing this, or average people wanting to do a very long 'wine crawl on bikes'?

17th Nov 2005, 20:15

Dhamaka says:

Oh yes..

No professionals Rare, the idea is to do something that anyone who is reasonably fit can copy, in lumps of 10 days and 3 weeks so that people could chose to do a particular section..

interested? *grins*

18th Nov 2005, 13:34

Well, it sounds like fun. Not sure about being 'reasonably fit' though. Did snowboarding on Saturday, and my legs are still buggered! Aside from that, the cost (just spent way too much on a flight home for Chimbo) and the temptation of having a bottle or two of wine at every vineyard I pass, it sounds great! Argentina is on my (admittedly huge) list of places I want to visit!

21st Nov 2005, 19:47