Beginning the year well

Each year I start with the best of intentions. And, like the proverb hints, I end on a path to destruction (or eternal torment if that is your particular brand of the afterlife). I often have a list of goals I want to achieve. This year is no different, but so far I am progressing well.

I wonder if part of that is down to a slow start. I didn’t hit the year running. In fact I was barely upright, but little by little I have got into the zone. Creatively I am beginning to push myself, break through some barriers and see some results.

One exciting project is on Patreon. I am releasing music every month to supporters who have joined the temple. For as little as $1 everyone gets at least one piece of music to download and keep. Take a look and if you like it do sign up. It’s a great way to support creative people and keep me in tea.

Time for a change

I decided to change the theme for the site. It is all part of the grand plan to organise things. Part of which is to decide what to post and where. I have way too many places where I am active, or semi-active.

But, this is a place where I will be posting as part of the new plan (where have I heard that before). And I will be detailing how I manage, or not manage, to be creative. The main output of that creativity will be available at www.entropicon.com and it’s filter sites.

May’s goals

Okay, I know that it is well over half-way through May, but I need to write these down for my sanity. The list actually comes from a book of lists that I have and use, well try to use. So here is what I will be doing in May:

  1. Lose weight 10lb – this is part of my ongoing goal to lose 26lb by the summer. I thought I should try and break it down a little.
  2. Create someday / maybe list – I am doing too many things and keeping too many things on my project and next action list, therefore I need to create a list that is for future time.
  3. Devise goals and objectives for all my websites – part of my productivity goal. I have signed up for far too many online blogs and social networks, therefore I need a reason to use and keep using them.
  4. Add my ‘old’ bookmarks to my new structure – the new bookmark structure is working well. Therefore it is time to bring any of the bookmarks I have in an ‘old’ folder into the new system. This is another productivity goal.
  5. Complete notes for L4L writing – I’ve been commissioned to write some material and I wantto have all relevant notes ready to write in June.
  6. Finalise daily routine – my process is almost there, I just need to finalise what I should bedoing each day, and then I will have achived my productivity goal, almost.

March objectives

Here I am again sitting down and setting in virtual ink what I am going to achieve this month. However, I am already a week into the month and before I know it April will be breathing down my neck, so i had best get going.

Goals

  1. Improve my productivity from 2/10 to 8/10

Projects

  1. Begin to arrange songs
  2. Lose weight
  3. Organise someday/maybe folder
  4. Define projects and milestones for goals
  5. Plan / draft design for !maginality
  6. Brainstorm additional income streams

These will change but it is the list I start with. First step is project 4. Once this is done I can change the projects for this and subsequent months. What I do need to do while that is happening is get going on the music front and start to lose a bit of weight. i have already moved my weight loss goal back three months to June.

So that is where I am as March starts but I hope to change things in the next couple of days. The goal of improving my productivity is well on the way, but I need to make sure I haven’t missed any things I can do to help that.

February review

Well February hasn’t really been the best of months with regard to finishing and ticking off things but it wasn’t a complete waste of 29 days. So let’s go through what I wanted to do at the beginning of the month and see how far I got.

Goals

  • I am in the process of implementing my devotional habits. Having created them last month, this is the month I’ll be putting them into practice. Well I have really got going on this, implemented it and looking to expand it. Just a little discipline and it looks like a positive habit has been formed.

Projects

  • Begin to arrange songs – only been doing this in my head, will carry over
  • Lose weight – not a sausage, I have a list of habits that I will implement in March though
  • Organise Someday / Maybe folder – well it is all in one place, carry over
  • Define projects and milestones for my goals –put into my list book and started to break the bigger goals down
  • Plan the design for !maginality –in my head, but I am developing the WordPress theme on another blog 
  • Brainstorm additional income streams –  did this, now need to develop the ideas
  • Organise bookmark structure on browser –done and now set up in IE and Firefox, will review later, but managed to ditch a whole lot of old links (don’t worry, not you)
  • Organise RSS feeds, what I want to read and where –have decided to use bloglines for this, although have all the feeds set up in google reader too. Need to review the feeds now
  • Devise goals for all my websites –didn’t get anywhere on this, will carry over

February goals and projects

This is a little late but I thought I should post it up here before I did the February review 🙂 I was wondering whether to follow David Seah’s Groundhog Day  process, and although I am doing something very similar, I didn’t want the winter and summer gaps. While I am salaried and working primarily for someone else, I know that bulks of my ‘creative’ time will be found in the summer and winter holidays, therefore I want to make the most of them. I already have had a productive January and with at least a couple of weeks off in the summer, I will probably be able to get a little more done then too.

Anyway, back to February.

Goals

  • I am in the process of implementing my devotional habits. Having created them last month, this is the month I’ll be putting them into practice.

Projects

  • Begin to arrange songs
  • Lose weight
  • Organise Someday / Maybe folder
  • Define projects and milestones for my goals
  • Plan the design for !maginality
  • Brainstorm additonal income streams
  • Organise bookmark structure on browser
  • Organise RSS feeds, what I want to read and where
  • Devise goals for all my websites

These projects may change slightly throughout the month as I get going on the fourth project above. But I wanted to put down what I set out to do.

Goals and actions

I have been looking at how I get things done, or not. I decided that i would take a critical look at my process and this post is part of that look. This isn’t a neatly planned post but my observations on what is and has happened.

I have set some good mid and long-term goals. They have been broken into one to two years goals and then three to five year goals. All these goals fit, or are related to my Personal Mission Statement and so are driven and grow out of my values, principles and beliefs. They are goals I am happy with and so have no problems with motivation.

I am also good at setting next actions, although I do procrastinate a bit when it comes to actually doing them. But this may be due to the hole in my process. I have noticed that I am weak at handling the projects and milestones, that link these next actions and my goals.

Therefore I am going to look at my project process and how I plan and review them. I will create a monthly plan that includes my projects and milestones and from this I will create a weekly plan. My one question at the moment is what ‘hardware’ to use to organise this – and that is a pretty big question.

Changing my productivity process again

I have had an enforced change in how I implement my work process. I use a hacked version of GTD with a lot of emphasis on goals. Now I was using a notebook and wondering what online lists and things I could get the most out of. However, I now have a laptop that I use for work and it never seems to leave my side. The laptop uses Outlook and we use tat at work too, so should I incorporate this into my system? Well I’m not sure at the moemtn but I need to make decison this weekend.

In other creative news i’ve been progressing with NaNoWriMo and you can check my pocess at the top right of this page.

I am still concerned about the amont of time I am spending on music and other visual creative projects – another reason why I need to sort out my process.

Feeliing a little overwelmed with it all at the moment, so need to sort it out. No time like the present.