Groundhog Day Resolution Review Day 4/4/2009

Groundhog Day Resolution Review Day 4/4/2009

The past month has been devoted toward getting our interactive project polished for the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. We’ll be doing final tweaks to the interaction and presentation for the remainder of this week, and then we’re done. Done! After that, I can start to think about what comes next for me.

I couldn’t remember what my actual Groundhog Day Resolution (GHDR) was, and it turns out that I didn’t really define it succinctly this year. The GHDR-related posts of this year have been pained attempts to maintain some semblence of momentum in the face of another project that consumed the bulk of my mental energy. Today, I’m content to just say that I want to write about what catches my eye and create that which illuminates, and through these activities establish financial independence by selling products that tickle my fancy. This may not be the fast track to wealth, but it’s the way I would like to do it.

I took some significant steps last month by hiring a personal assistant to handle some of the groundwork in finding a local printer and establishing an Amazon fulfillment account so I can do another run of Emergent Task Planner Pads to have them available all the time, and from there expand into other types of pre-printed products. My reasoning is that with a persistent, easy-to-fulfill presence on the Internet, I’ll be able to create a small marketplace for useful forms and productivity planning products. The whole idea tickles me, like having a lemonade stand on the Internet.

Another component of the plan is to make myself available to more people, because this is ultimately what leads to satisfying project work. As interesting as the museum project was, our team was spread between two coasts and the lack of face-to-face time almost killed me. I hadn’t realized this was such an important aspect of my working life, but apparently it is more critical to me than ever before. Therefore, I’ll be actively seeking collaborators and co-schemers in the Southern New Hampshire / Greater Boston Area to see what kind of daily face-to-face time I can guarantee in my workday. This means that I’m going to be building the organization itself and actively nurturing its culture around familiar themes:

  • surround myself with positive-minded, self-empowered, conscientious and kind people who are obsessive about excellence.
  • make and show what we mean

As I move into May, my time for new projects will start to open up, and I’ll be taking on new work. I’ve already gotten a couple of nibbles for interesting projects, but I need to ensure that I am not starving my ultimate goals.

For now, however, I’m completely soaked in finishing up the current project. After that, I need to re-enter the world that I’ve shut myself out of for the past six months: blogging, social media, collaboration, and discovering sources of personal inspiration. There are dozens of people to email and chat with with hundreds of threads to follow. Simultaneously, I’ll make an attempt to rebrand strongly around my core values and funnest competencies; I feel it’s gotten way too serious around here lately. I’m thinking there needs to be more pictures of cats, sandwiches, and odd objects found in between the machinery of culture.