Ground Hog Day Resolutions Review Day 7

Ground Hog Day Resolutions Review Day 7

Yes, it’s that time again: Groundhog Day Resolutions Review Day. I almost forgot about it, but fortunately I had entered all the days into Google Calendar and I got the reminder last night.

The quick recap for those unfamiliar with the Groundhog Day Resolutions Concept: Forget January 1st, and set your resolutions on February 2nd. Then follow through and check every month and a day until December 12. This is the first year I’ve tried this, and it’s kind of gratifying to look back and see what progress has been made.

Rather than go into a long-winded explanation of what’s been going on, I’ll just recap each statement; you can read about the original ideas in the original post and various followups (there is an index of posts at the bottom of this article).

1. Make Money from Writing and Making Stuff

mo action status
May Put the HUB statement on my current website, on a design services page, on Monday, May 14 WHIFFED
Jun Put the HUB statement on the website. June 20th is the day to allocate time toward WHIFFED
Jul Redesign Large Photo Header on Website, Transition to EE HALF DONE
Aug One New Statement on the Website that Clarifies My Design Work HALF DONE

The general idea is to shift from pure services and become an original content creator, deriving the bulk of my income from my own work. This ties into a new goal I established this month: to be completely mobile by 2010, so I can go to where the interesting projects and people are in the world. There’s so much world to experience, it drives me nuts. I’ve also been inspired again by Tim Ferriss’ continuing adventures, which you can follow on his mind-bogglingly excellent tip blog.

The “whiffed” (missed) goals I have decided probably weren’t as important as I thought. I still do need to transition to Expression Engine, because my current blog structure feels very constraining, and I think EE’s system will be a welcome improvement.

I actually have been booked for the remainder of the year, and probably a good chunk of next year, so my big challenge will be actually time management. The nature of the projects are steeped in writing (essentially, analysis) and making stuff (software, basically). It’s kind of what I was doing before, but more challenging and therefore interesting. I will be learning a lot that I can proceduralize and redevelop into new things.

2. Build a Sustainable Social Network

mo action status
May Create a “Potential Co-Schemer List” of people I have never talked to. Talk to one person on that list on Wednesday, May 16 WHIFFED
Aug Start a bunch of New Working and Personal Relationships. See What Happens. ONGOING

It feels like I’ve finally stabilzed a few social structures over the past month, though I am uncertain about my level of commitment to them. This uncertainty arises from the amount of energy that I receive back. I actually feel a little “overdrawn” in terms of my social energy and time, so I need to hole up and regenerate. Also on my mind is the continuing search for suitable partners, in terms both of romance and in working mission. In an ideal world, it would be the same person, but I am not sure how to go about finding this. I may write about some of the challenges I’m facing in the coming months, as I haven’t yet come across a really good explanation of the process.

I do need to get off my ass and resurrect the May goal of creating the co-schemer / freelancer list…this is pretty important to me, and is related to my overall search strategy of being able to connect people. I’d like to be connected too, of course, and I’ve come to believe that all it will take is someone standing up and taking names. I guess that will be me. Watch for a post in the near future.

3. Sell a Product This Year

mo action status
May Select and package the Emergent Task Planner for a printer on Saturday, May 12 DONE
Jun Create some original content, like a booklet or number of thoughts, and sticking it up on or Blurb. June 27th is the allocated date. WHIFFED
Jun Get the ETP Printed, Dang It! June 13 is the day around which I will plan something WHIFFED
Jul Figure out how to create some kind of pre-ordering system, and it’s time to formally think about customer service. July 12. DONE
Jul Repurpose old content for possible printing TESTED
Aug Print Pads! Ship Them! ON THE WAY

It’s taken a while, but the Emergent Task Planner Pads have finally gone to press. Related tasks: forming an LLC, figuring out the design-to-fulfillment chain, and starting to think like an actual business entity instead of some guy working out of his basement office in New Hampshire.

This goal relates closely to #1, and there are actually some new deadlines in place. If last year was any indication, the last months of the year are when people start thinking about planning for next year, so having pre-printed versions of the Compact Calendar, perhaps a full-year planner product, and goodness knows what else could be nice product to have. Now that some of the design-to-fulfillment workflow is in place, I can start to automate the process and shorten the cycle. While I was at the printer, it struck me that there’s quite a lot of custom print work I can do beyond pads, and working with a local printer could be a lot of fun. Apparently there is a thing that paper manufacturers create called a paper library, which is a sampler of all the paper stock with printing examples. I was so excited I thought I would faint. This might sound crazy, but I have the ability to touch any material and instantly envision something I could make from it that “respects” it. Putting that into practice would kick ass.

For Next Month

We’re in the home stretch, with only 3 more review periods before the GHD year comes to an end.

  • The biggest goal on my mind is shipping those ETP pads and getting feedback from the brave souls who have taken a chance on the product. The second goal is to establish the LLC (I’m thinking of calling it “The David Seah Group”, which scares the crap out of me because I would have to grow into that) and getting the online ordering and fulfillment automated.
  • I’m not so concerned about #1, as the printing goal sort of takes care of that.
  • Regarding #2, I do need to gather a group of like-minded people with skills, just so we know who we are. I’ve done some of this already privately, but there are so many cool people I’ve been contacted by that I feel the need to organize them into some kind of directory of awesomeness. Everyone has a skill and a story that they can contribute to the pool.
  • A bonus goal that wasn’t even on my list was going to the gym…I’ve been going for two months now, and am likely to continue doing so because I have been feeling stronger and—I admit this doesn’t make much sense, but it’s true—breathing more enthusiastically…maybe it’s a result of the improved cardiovascular endurance. The next challenge that isn’t part of my GHDRs is to systematically lose weight.

So that’s it for this month…now, back to work! Time for dreaming will have to come later.



  1. Mel 16 years ago

    I believe that by just being a part of “Priscilla’ Palmer’s Personal Development list obligates each of us to also post this list.  You like me (Killeris at “Attitude, the Ultimate Power”) are on this list.  If you have already posted it, THANK YOU.  If you have not posted it, I am officially putting out a challenge that you add additional sites that fit the theme and post it.  This list can be found at:

  2. Dave Seah 16 years ago

    Mel: While I appreciate the coolness of the list, I don’t think that reposting it when I haven’t personally read through each and every site on it to form an opinion will add much new to the conversation. I made a deliberate decision not to post anything here that wasn’t researched by myself or evoked a strong personal reaction; I’m afraid that lists are one of those things that I just don’t get excited about.

    It doesn’t seem particularly empowering to me to be challenged to participate. That would presume that I was being drafted into some kind of community and expected to pay some dues. I’ll have to think about this more to figure out whether I am in this community whether I like it or not, and decide on a course of action.

    Thanks for the comment!


  3. JL 16 years ago

    I’ve been doing the “Ground Hog Day Resolutions” as well except instead of 1 month intervals, I’ve shortened them into 10 day intervals.

    I did so because I have a tendency to put things off if I feel like I have more time. So to me, 1 month feels so long that I tend to procrastinate.

    I actually experimented with various time lengths, from 3 days to 2 weeks and after awhile 10 days seems to be the optimal period.

    Long enough to accomplish major things and yet not too long to stagnate. Also, now that I see “life” in 10 day periods, it’s easier to break up projects into smaller chunks.

    Anyway, if you ever get the social network up I would love to participate!

  4. Dave Seah 16 years ago

    JL: That’s a pretty good time interval…I’ve noticed that I tend to not think about the GHDRRs until a few days before hand. I haven’t been so good about following up with actual goals specific to them, so increased frequency would be a way of ensuring more “top-of-mind” attention.

    I am trying to think of the best way of launching a social freelancing network. At minimum, it will be everyone having a website (or at least a web page), three pieces of “work” that was created 100% by the person that they feel represents them well, and a short blurb that explains the motivational context, expectations, and benefits gleaned.