I just got back from a 10-day business trip to California, and so I’m posting my Groundhog Day Resolutions Review a few days late. One of the highlights was going to a fancy steak restaurant to try “A Tasting of New York Sirloin”, featuring USDA Prime Dry Aged steak, American Wagyu, and Japanese Wagyu in small portions side-by-side. It was the most money I ever spent on a dinner, but when I reframe it as a “workshop in fine steak”, the price seemed much more reasonable. It helped that I was eating with two other fiendishly picky eaters, and we talked food all night about the difference between each cut of meat at great length. Ahhh!
But I digress! Today I am wondering how much closer I am to my 2014 goals of…well, one reason I do these monthly reviews is to reorient myself.
Recapping 2014 Goals
On February 2nd, I’d laid out the following goals:
- Take more “first steps”, with less planning. Trust in my ability to solve problems when I encounter them.
- Write and deploy software applications
- Share my interests with everyone to see where it goes
- Create better marketing content for my stuff
The gist of these goals, in hindsight, was to reduce the amount of resistance I felt when starting projects while also sharing more of what I really liked to do so I could attract like-minded people to talk to. I paied attention to the resistances I faced, got better at acknowledging the true amount of time it takes to get anything done at all. Most recently, I made a critical distinction a month ago that my personal projects were not actually fun. They were instead laying the foundation for future capabilities that I wanted, and as such were actually a form of work. That was oddly liberating, because I was no longer expecting “fun” from activities I actually found draining, and this lifted my spirits.
Redirecting the 2014 Goals
Last month was also my 10 year blogging anniversary, and I did a bit of reflection about what I’d accomplished. What stood out most were these two thoughts:
- I have been writing much more reflectively, mostly about process, for the past several years. I have not been sharing what I really find interesting, because I didn’t know very much about it. As a result, the blog has been feeling much more inwardly focused than I like, and I want to change that up.
- To turn the blog toward outward focus, I want to write about the stuff I really like, as opposed to the stuff I know. It occurred to me that there were many long-standing interests that I’d never successfully pursued for one reason or the other. For example, I am really drawn toward music composition, but some part of me believes it is out of immediate reach. I vowed that I would not let these dreams die!
As a result of these insights, I’ve essentially re-written my 2014 goals as a set of six (plus one) new project 10-year initiatives:
- Making a Video Game
- Illustrating a Book
- Achieving Creative Freedom
- Composing Music
- Creating new Thinking Tools
- Making Physical Products
- Making Delicious Food
These are all long-time dreams that for one reason of another I haven’t pursued despite my attraction to them. They’re areas in which I have little practice or natural technical skill, but nevertheless hold me in thrall. They’re big, daunting, and I feel like like a little kid trying to play with the high schoolers. They are worthy challenges! The original motive to reduce resistance in my creative process while sharing what I liked to do is still at the top of my mind; I feel I have a better grip on the resistances I have internally, and am capable of dealing with them.
What Got Done
Other than that, though, I didn’t get a whole lot done for myself or my personal projects. Amazon sales of the stationery products continue to hold steady, and I did start pushing again to get some new products out.
The Month Ahead.
The greatest challenge facing me now is balancing work with personal projects. Also, I need to schedule a lot of long-postponed health and household chores. I haven’t had a physical in 7 years, and I’m way overdue at my age. The house needs to be cleaned up and cleansed of junk so I can continue with the Living Room Cafe project. I want to be very relaxed about this, though, and not feel stressed out. I think if I can maintain a simple focus on getting one chore done at a time, without putting any expectations on myself other than maintaining motion, I might be able to get more done. We shall see.
I’m also thinking of making November a month of product making, so I can leech energy from people who are participating in Nanowrimo this year.
I’ll consider next month a success if I make progress on the following:
- One or two more products on Amazon
- More progress on Project 1401
- Eye exam, Physical, Dentist
- Snow tires
- Fun posts! With pictures!
Groundhog Day Resolution Posts for 2014
Here are other posts about Groundhog Day Resolutions for the 2014 season.
- The original post about Groundhog Day Resolutions
- 02/02 Kickoff - Setting Goals!
- 03/03 Review - So Far, So Good!
- 04/04 Review - Setting Realistic Expectations
- 05/05 Review - ADD and Incremental Progress
- 06/06 Review - Trudging through the Blahs
- 07/07 Review - Limited Progress
- 08/08 Review - Unusually Productive
- 09/09 Review - Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
- 10/10 Review - Shifting Goals
- 11/11 Review - Chugging Away
- 12/12 Review - End of Year