THE OCTOBER 10 REVIEW
It’s time for the 8th review of my progress on my “Groundhog Day Resolutions” for 2013. I actually have forgotten what they are, so let me look back and see what I wrote in February:
- Strive toward excellence and mastery in what I am doing.
- Learn how to make wonderful things, by first learning how to make sucky things.
- Share what I make and what I know with like-minded, self-empowered, conscientious, kind, competent people. That is my primary audience.
- Build the means for converting ideas into tangible, shareable goods and bringing them to market for the people who can use them. That’s my secondary audience.
- Be fully present in every personal transaction, as conduit for the values expressed above.
- Most of all: be visible, accessible, and willing to fail on the world stage.
A few months later, I later came to think of what I wanted in life as “creative independence”, which I summarized as follows:
- To be my own boss: mastering process, making money directly from work I produce under my own name.
- To have the time, freedom, and money to operate my business without anxiety.
- To act according to my values as a human being, friend, and maker in the pursuit of mastery and success.
- To live according to my values with a community of like-minded self-empowered, positive-minded, conscientious and competent people.
- To be respectful and mindful of others, while not being swayed from my path by their expectations.
- To document the process so it can be replicated by others in similar paths.
So for 2013, I’ve continued to try-out different ways of achieving these desired goals. In a nutshell, I have been figuring out ways to acquire resources and have ongoing conversations within the above frameworks. The two major challenges in this regard are:
- What do I need to DO to acquire resource (as in money) and have great conversations? What’s the strategy? What are the specific actions I should focus on? How do I know it’s working?
How do I maintain the positive, productive attitude operating in a constant state of uncertainty? I want to maintain momentum, and it is not easy for me.
I know, I know…big questions! I think I’ve got a handle on it, though…
The Challenges and Insights from SeptemberThere were several ongoing working themes for the past month:
- Balancing existing client commitments with the pursuit of Creative Independence
- Balancing my need for time with the needs of speculative / volunteer work.
- Finding the time to blog
- Finding the time to have good conversations
- Finding the time to participate in community building
What Got DoneFocusing just on the “creative independence” tasks, I got the following done:
- 1000 new Emergent Task Planner pads with an improved design have been produced. Most of them have been shipped to Amazon.com for fulfillment. They were out of stock for a few weeks, so I lost some sales because of that. I’m pleased with the new design, though.
I designed a new “diary” for a Russian entrepreneur, conducting the business through the vaguaries of Google Translate. The diary incorporates the Emergent Task Planner with some other design elements, and I think it’ll be pretty cool! The project has also reminded me that I need to start using lawyers and accountants to set-up my business structure for international deal-making.
I registered “The Emergent Task Planner” in the Amazon Brand Registry, which is apparently something new. This allows me not to have to have UPC codes for the products I sell on Amazon, though apparently I have to add product listings using a different method.
I created an Arc Notebook prototype using the half-sized Mini Emergent Task Planner, just to see what it would look like. It looks cool!
p>Things I didn’t do but have been eating at me; these will now become the focus of my daily 15-minute “focus on Dave’s creative independence goals” time chunks:
- Consolidating all the digital projects on one store.
- Updating calendars for 2014.
- Making a new Nanowrimo 2014 word counting calendar.
- Creating “how to use” collateral for all the productivity tools I’ve designed.
- Creating wholesale packages for the Shopify store.
- Ading more products.
- Blogging frequently, and more accessibly.
- Clearing the backlog of reader emails and conversations that need to be shared!
The overall goal of creative independence (as I define it, anyway) is to generate the monetary resources I need by practicing creativity in the way that works for me. That is the explore – learn – build – share model. For the month of October, I hope to chip away at this list. Every one of them produces a useful asset that will help me move forward.
As for my other projects and commitments? They’ll get done too. I’m hoping that by maintaining momentum on my own projects every day or so, the feeling of accomplishment will carry over to everything. Deferring one’s own mission is a terrible feeling. However, I suspect it doesn’t take a whole lot of time for me to make significant progress if I remember to spend at least 5-10 minutes on it every day. I think that will be the theme I’ll report on in the November 11 Report.