A plog is a combination of a plan and a log.
It’s not as rigid as a schedule. It’s a way to set priorities and track progress on a student animation project, at a micro level.
The example plog (link as the bottom of article) covers roughly the rest of the 2020-2021 academic calendar, and assumes your Spring semester ends in May.
The plog breaks down the calendar into weeks, days, and blocks.
1 block = 25 mins of focused on attention on a single task.
Each 25-min block counts for 30 mins. Take a 5-min break if you need one.
The daily maximum is set at 4 hours, or 8 blocks. There is no daily minimum.
Let’s get plogging:
STEP 0 Use “File…Make a Copy” to duplicate the Google sheet for your own use.
Delete sample content.
STEP 1 Choose a weekly priority for this week (and maybe the next couple weeks).
STEP 2 Choose a daily priority for today (and maybe the next two or three days).
STEP 3 Plan your next few potential 25-min blocks.
STEP 4 As you finish a block, change the cell background color to green.
STEP 5 When you reach four hours, stop.
STEP 6 Count up your blocks and enter your daily total.
The spreadsheet will calculate your weekly and all-time totals automatically.
The goals of the plog are:
- Making the process of production scheduling, approachable, realistic and flexible.
- Focusing on priorities, and personal choice, rather than “deadlines” (never use this word).
- Encourage priority-setting, if only one week (or one day) at a time.
- Encourage focused effort, in the form of 25-min, bite-size chunks.
- Logging focused effort in a way that celebrates starting rather than finishing (where finishing is merely a byproduct of repeated starting).
- Building satisfaction and momentum. Yeah yeah!
* Focus on adding at least a little green to the plog, every day.
* Focus on making every week as green as you can.
* Look back at the end of each week and bask in the green light of your logged effort. You did good. Real good.
* Multiple consecutive days or weeks devoid of green beg the question: are you making your film a priority?
Released December 4, 2020
Released December 1, 2020
DIY Animation Club co-founder Dave Merson Hess taught and developed animation curriculum for Aurora Picture Show’s youth workshops, 2014-2018. He also started Rush Process, a Gulf Coast-based festival celebrating animators who work with physical media, which ran from 2015 to 2018. Dave is currently an MFA candidate in Experimental Animation at Calarts.