Groundhog Day Resolutions 2018

"Groundhog by Pearson Scott Foreman"Groundhog Day Resolutions are like New Year Resolutions except they start on February 2nd because frankly I’M JUST NOT READY TO MAKE ANY PROMISES ON JANUARY 1? I’m tired and still catching up on all the stuff leftover from last year! Also, I just really love Groundhog Day as a holiday and the themes from the namesake Bill Murray/Andie McDowell movie. And because regular reflection is an important part of maintaining resolutions, I designate “doublet-dates” March 3 (3/3), April 4 (4/4), and so on as Report Days up to December 12, at which I take a break for the holidays. There is also an optional break in July, since the summer here in New England is so short and I want to be outside.

This year’s kickoff post will give you an overview of how I’m approaching GHDRs, though really it’s up to you how you do them. I tend to pick broad strategic goals and run experiments through the year, but that’s just me trying to narrow the gap between what I think I want and what I discover I actually need. The universal part of the system is to remember to do your reviews monthly; the use of “doublet dates” makes that easy to remember.

This is the 12th year of doing GHDRs. If you’d like to follow along with me, you are all invited to join the virtual coworking chat room where I am every day. We are a friendly and encouraging group! This year I’m also going to try to collect links to as many GHDR posters that I come across, because I’ve found it really interesting to compare approaches.

Global Mission as of April 2018

I want to be in a pragmatic creative community that has the values of being positive-minded, self-empowered, conscientious, kind, generous people. I believe that developing this community will make our lives less boring and pointless, and that it’s also an “implicit  good” that has positive ramifications for our society. We are a community that believes in learning to make our own luck. We strive to master our unique individual abilities so we can produce works that shine.

Mission Focus: I want to create practical ways to empower ourselves with the competencies that fulfill our desire for making the world an interesting place to be. I want to generate positive energy that draws its power from the power of sharing, coalescing a like-minded community of creative architects, seeking mastery of their own fate. I need to be competent, acquiring skills and discovering practical approaches to make this magic happen.

Mission Support: I want a self-sustaining business operation that provides me with operating cashflow. I can create tools and provide materials that that help people who are on the same mission. I can  acquire high-value skills that either help me build the mission infrastructure or bring in money through contracting.

Sharing the Joy: For people to find the community, the message has to be put out in the world so it is discoverable. The message is something like, “We are practical dreamers that want to empower ourselves to do interesting things. We are creating a hub for other conscientious, kind, competent, self-empowered and generous people that are doing the same. Please come see what we are doing!” It feels good.

Heartfelt Connections: The true measure of the mission is whether people who come to the community find a real connection that tangibly improves their lives. It is my desire that people can be their authentic selves in this community, and become empowered to be whoever they want to be to achieve what it is they imagine. The kind of people who I want to be with are naturally those who encourage others and share their wisdom freely, and perhaps one day enjoy sharing bigger challenges together.

Replication: An important aspect of the work is to provide a useful template that others can reference when establishing their own community. Making the template as compact and intuitive as possible, particularly for introverted people who don’t think of themselves as leaders, is a key initiative. Seeding the template is a moral imperative.

2018 Initiatives

I am constantly testing new approaches that work with the peculiarities of being me (“The Way of Dave”). Publishing the productivity-enhancing methods, tools, experiences, and insights helps create obvious value to prospective community members.  Whenever I post an article on my website or talk about what I’m doing on YouTube or Discord, I am fulfilling my overall mission. — Continuing to publish and discuss my works on social platforms will maintain and tangibly increase my ability to draw people to the community.

Designing, marketing, and selling stationery and digital works brings income through online sales of works that reflect my mission. — Increase the number of products for sale across all channels. Improve presentation and consolidate non-performing channels to make the ecommerce operation better to increase sales without compromising values.

Skill mastery gives me opportunities to work on projects that are aligned with my mission values. This also brings additional income. — Keep an eye open for opportunities to use my skills in design, writing, and creative strategy that might give me interesting experiences.

Blogging, livestreaming, podcasting, and community hosting put my mission message out there. I want to ensure that each experience helps people understand and practice the values I am promoting so they can retransmit their interest. I want to also make sure that I provide tangible ways for people to participate at their current comfort level while also providing moral support that encourages growth. — Maintain a steady flow of good content and community events where I can make contact with people both online and in-person. Create sharepieces and provide takeaways points in every interaction. Make sure I exude the joy of these activities as part of my personality, so people might want to join our group.

2018 Projects

Happy Bubble Time (HBT) Definition – HBT is an approach that has stand-alone value; it’s a way to procrastinate productively by learning to ignore negativity and anxiety for a short time and seeing what happens. It works for highly curious people who are naturally drawn to answer questions. Tangible result desired: A good reference page on

Gathering Style Productivity (GS-PROD) – Rather than adhere to task lists and time management in a futile attempt to make the unpredictable predictable, GS-PROD acknowledges that utility can also be collected as well. Instead of attempting to make specific results happen on a predictable timetable, GS-PROD shifts the expectation of predictability to gathering items that have intrinsic market value. These items are natural byproducts of the curious investigator or creative going about their distracted day.

Stationery Business – Expanding the line of products and increasing sales volume is my major goal, as is increasing operational efficiency and product quality. A distant goal is growing the business to the point were it not only makes a million dollars a year, but also is able to employ people to create good jobs.

Coworking Communities – Creating the opportunity for people to meet and discuss their personal dreams then get to work in a supportive environment. We have the Virtual Coworking Discord (DSCAFE). I would like to expand to offering regular Coffee Meetups and Project Days in the Living Room Cafe.

Mastering Javascript Web App Development – Being able to create tools using this platform would be a huge win for my tool creation process. It also pays well. The long term goal is to write productivity software that is based on my design tenets.

My Groundhog Day Resolutions Posts for 2018

2016  Summary of 2016
2017 Summary of 2017
2018 FEB 02 Kickoff
2018 MAR 03 Report 01
2018 APR 04 Report 02
2018 MAY 05 Report 03

Around the Web: Other Groundhog Day Resolutions Posts

Here’s a list of people who I know are doing GHDRs for 2018 and their kickoff posts!

Jess Chandler GHDR Kickoff and 2017 Reflection; Review 1 | Review 2
Herbert Nowell Groundhog Day Resolutions; Review 1 | Review 2

Accrued Work for Groundhog Day Resolutions