• Resolutions Review #08: Giving Up Hope, Becoming More Myself

    October 11, 2017

    This month’s Groundhog Day Resolutions report took a long time to write, primarily because I had forgotten a lot of details since February. To make it easier to pick-up next month, I put in a ton of hours making a summary of major insights and decisions; this is now located on the expanded GHDR 2017 page and hopefully can be understood as a narrative arc. With luck, the review process will be easier next time.

    So how did the month go? I think I’ve clawed my way back from the brink of nihilism and have rebuilt my foundation of optimism on (I hope) sterner stuff. The executive summary of my plans moving forward are (1) make the new website dammit by following a few key steps and (2) practice being unafraid to show more of myself to the world despite a fear of being seen as a weirdo. I’m so fed up with my lack of progress on my long-standing plans to make cool things, though, that I see rejecting people connections as a better way to get there. It’s not as dark as it sounds, though. What I think I’ve discovered is a way to have conviction without being co-dependent on other people. Or I’m crazy. Read on to form an opinion! (more…)

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  • Resolutions Review #07: Doubling Down on Conviction

    September 10, 2017

    It’s time for another Groundhog Day Resolutions Review, the yearly strategic goal system that I have been using for the past 10 years. It’s a lot of “New Year Resolutions”, except I start them on February 2nd because I’m in not shape to make ANY PROMISES on January 1. I then review my progress every month on March 3, April 4, May 5; you see the pattern! It ends on 12/12, just before the holiday madness begins.

    In brief, this past month has been a continuation of the depression from July, but I think my new working theory about personal connection relative to the pursuit of my entrepreneurial ambitions may be the solution I’m looking for. With that change of mindset, a different set of actions become apparent. (more…)

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  • Resolutions Review #06: Dropping Internalized Goals, Developing Conviction

    August 8, 2017

    Recapping July’s Review

    Last month I was very bored with my goals, and temporarily dropped them. Curious why I was feeling such boredom, I reviewed my current goals by drawing two maps of what I thought my life looked like, comparing them to the old map I’d drawn in 2009.

    After quite a bit of thought, I had two takeaways:

    • I was disconnected from people, including myself. I am primarily driven by the feeling of connectedness between what I’m doing and other people’s aligned deep interests/needs. None of my current projects was really hitting home in that regard.
    • I wanted to try a different kind of productivity approach, which I called “gathering-style” productivity that would somehow avoid the need to manage my tasks and time. I knew that when I am in problem-solving mode, a lot of my motivational issues go away and “good stuff happened”; the trick is getting myself INTO that mode.

    Though July initially seemed to be going poorly because not a lot of specific tasks were getting DONE, I think I’ve gained a new perspective on my need to express myself. (more…)

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  • Resolutions Review #05: Filling in the Boxes

    July 8, 2017

    "Groundhog Day Resolutions for July 2017" For this month’s Groundhog Day Resolutions, I’ve taken the time to reflect on my increasing disconnection with my goals. I really have lost sight of why I had goals in the first place. I am making decent money, and I have a manageable number of friends. I AM, however, rather BORED with life at the moment, and because of this I’ve been rather unmotivated to work on the self-improvement projects that seemed so important to me when I started Groundhog Day Resolutions 11 years ago.

    Time for a reset! With hand drawn maps! (more…)

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  • Resolutions Review #04: Staying the Course

    June 6, 2017

    It’s time for the June 6 Review for my Groundhog Day Resolutions, which is my yearly goal setting ritual. It’s like New Year’s Resolutions, except they start on February 2nd, and also have followup review days on 3/3, 4/4, etc.

    There is not much to report this month. I’m making progress on several GHDR goals, which are currently:


    Last month I augmented my approach with Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) which I’m updating on a weekly basis here. Here’s the main categories:

    • Gain Mastery through Work
    • Reduce Frustration & Increase Wellbeing
    • Not Be Bored / Isolated
    • Develop Cool Side Business
    • Aspirational 2024 Goals

    Each of these categories has a measurable action that I’ve determined lead to progress in these categorical area, which contribute to my more strategic Groundhog Day Resolutions. I think they need some rewriting to be more systematic, but despite this the addition of weekly OKR reviews is helping me maintain momentum.

    I’m not sure there’s much more to say. Some highlights of the last month:

    • The Virtual Coworking Chat Room continues to be a source of community energy and positivity. This is probably the biggest improvement in my work-life balance, since there are people “around” all the time in the chat room. I think we’re all getting a productive boost from just sitting in here.

    • New ETP Design to Press – I finalized the new design and did a second run of 50 and 75 sheet pads using it. They should be in-stock by mid-June if all goes well.

    • Patreon supporters slowly rise – This is great, and I’m learning to use the Patreon platform as a way to get more direct reactions from people. I need to put in some time updating some forms.

    • It’s warmer – This is hugely raising my spirits.

    The plan for this month is to keep hammering away at everything, particularly with respect to the work project which has some hard deadlines coming up.

    There’s nothing much to else to report! You can catch up on my daily escapades through the WHATS UP DAVE livestream or checking into the Virtual Coworking Chatroom. You can links to both places at It seems like I’m doing most of my “blogging” in the chat room, so this is a way you can connect with what I’m doing .

    See ya next month!

    About this Article Series

    For my 2017 Groundhog Day Resolutions, I'm challenging myself to pursue mindblowing productive synergy as a way to energize myself to do those boring (but necessary!) foundational projects like "making a living". All the related posts are gathered on the 2017 Groundhog Day Resolutions page.
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