NOT Groundhog Day Resolutions 2020

"Groundhog / Pearson Scott Foresman Wikimedia"Groundhog Day Resolutions were my daily self-improvement resolutions from 2007 through 2019. This would have been the 14th year of doing GHDRs, but in 2020 I am taking a break to see if I’ve internalized good habits…or not.

I will continue to summarize and reflect on the regular GHDR Review Days on March 3, April 4, May 5th, and so forth. The official URL is https://davidseah.com/challenge/ghdr2020/.

 

Strategic Initiatives for 2020

How will a year go without extensive goals tracking?

It seems crazy, right? The reason I’m trying this, though, is because I have started to suspect that (1) my tracking needs have changed and (2) my tracking regimen has become dogma and is delivering as much as I think it is. Another reason is (3) in 2019 I accepted that I really am not able to focus on more than one large thing at a time; I seem to do better when I just focus on one big thing at a time. As hard as I’ve tried over the years, I have been unable to sustain major pushes across multiple initiatives. I think it’s time to take a step back and just see “what happens” without so much effort putting into planning.

While I don’t have goals, I do have some theories to test.

  1. What have I internalized, if anything, from the past 13 years of pursuing goals? Have I been just fooling myself into thinking I’m productive?
  2. What productive habits have been paired with critical personal insights to make my day-to-day activities more fulfilling and less stressful?
  3. Is it possible to worry less by eliminating the feeling that I’m always behind two out of three goals, and does the lack of worry lead to a lack of productivity?
  4. Is learning to include others in my cycle of goal setting, pursuit, and fulfillment is way out of the endless cycle of discontent?

The following process was added May 5, 2020

Intentional Focus

The idea is to use my limited ability to focus ONLY on a single key strategic goal for the year. This isn’t as limiting as it sounds, because I am counting on my natural distractibility to (1) solve problems that I’ve intentionally set with my limited focus and (2) explore everything else that seems interesting.

  • Every day I select 1 or 2 FOCUS TARGETS related to software development.  These are difficult tasks. I use my disciplined attention to define questions that I can then try to answer with working code. I have maybe 90-to-120 minutes of such focused energy each day when I am mentally fresh.
  • After my disciplined attention is gone, the rest of the day is allowed to fall into my normal MEANDERING ACTIVITY MODE. These activities are often productive; I just can’t predict what they will be.
  • I also DOCUMENT and SHARE everything I’m doing as I do it. This helps me stay focused in the moment AND creates a valuable reference that saves time in the future. It is something I enjoy too, so that gives me positive energy. I have decided it’s part of my essential operational practice.

The following process was added April 4, 2020

Starting Practices

I’m maintaining the practices from the end of 2019:

  1. Limit elective face-to-face interactions and commits to 2 a week.
  2. Accept my ADHD/introverted tendencies. 
  3. Accept my reality without guilt or shame. 
  4. Remember: My desire is to Make New Works to Share With People.
  5. Remember: Creating effective working conditions is time-consuming and that’s okay.

Active Goal Setting

I am doing no tracking in 2020, which is quite a change! Will my productivity tank because I’m not tracking, or have I internalized enough over the years that I’ll continue moving forward?

That said, I only have one main goal: work on software for billable project work, and use that as the source for my sharing goals. While I would have loved to also work on the stationery business and my online sharing activities, my limitation is that I can not juggle programming work and be effective at it in the way I need to be. This was a sobering thought at the end of 2019, but maybe it isn’t so bad.

Self Care

Continuing from 2019, I decided not to worry about a lot of things and not be so hard on myself. I’m also continuing to work through my gender identity expression. I feel I’ve come to a good place of accepting myself, and now I’m starting to figure out how to express it in the world in a way that reflects my community expression principles: being positive, empowering, conscientious, competent, curious, generous, and kind. I’m the same person, just with different outward expression.

My (NOT) Groundhog Day Resolutions Posts for 2020

I’m not doing GHDR in 2020, but still posting thoughts related to not doing them.

POST DATE POST TITLE
2019 DEC 12 December Review “Series Finale!”
2020 MAR 03 March A New Logo
2020 APR 04 April Thoughts on 2019 and Singular Focus
2020 MAY 05 **May The Single Focus Distraction Strategem
2020 JUN 06 TBD
2020 JUL 07 TBD
2020 AUG 08 TBD
2020 SEP 09 TBD
2020 OCT 10 TBD
2020 NOV 11 TBD
2020 DEC 12 TBD