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Mid-August Goals Check-In

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August Goals
Above: glimpse of goals and goal-setting process in August. Those early “checks” were from the first few days.

Creative Goals for August–Glass Half Full

Mid-month, I decided I should check my August goals list to see how things were going. Because I am keeping a daily tracker (which both is and isn’t working for me), I already have a good sense of what isn’t getting done. But I wanted to see “how” I had written things on my list, how, overall, I am doing in terms of what I “named” for myself for August. And, really, there are some goal-to-dos on the list are not daily so are not being tracked. Day to day, those are in my head, but they are not in front of me every day on my tracking list. (I am going to approach next month differently.)

So, mid-month, and I kept thinking I needed to do a visual check of my master goals page … but I couldn’t find it.

There was some obvious irony in that, and I kept chiding myself about what a bad example I am. But, finally, I turned it up. [Really. I decided to clear my clipboard of the few little odds and ends and start fresh. When I moved those things, my goals page was clipped underneath. Total surprise and serendipity. (Now I’ve lost my composition book, which doesn’t even seem possible. I am hoping it just appears this weekend, too.)] So I looked over my list. It is a bit exhausting. I knew that when I made it, which made me hesitate to share it — which was the whole point of Episode 249 in the first place!

Things are not going “badly” in terms of the major area of focus, although there are a few concrete things (and at least one major project/concept area of focus) that are being neglected. Some just won’t happen, but a few of the goal-to-dos seemed actionable enough in seeing them written down on the list that I have been nudged into doing. So instead of just scrolling Facebook or Instagram or spinning around in circles online, I am tackling one… one thing at a time. The list was still too ambitious. I chalk that up, partly, to me not being sure how my shift to #WIP drawings would go. But it was also just too much. The “want” in me is always bigger than the time or the energy. With the kids going back to school Monday, I am realizing that I am going to be even more in the hole, losing at least 2-2.5 hours a day, maybe more, in the back and forth school shuffle. (Why was I not able to accomplish more this summer with those extra hours?) But, with two weeks left in the month, there is still time to tackle some of the goal-to-dos. Things like the CMP newsletter and the special Patreon newsletter ended up forgotten on the list, something I realized after I shared it. So those are in my head. Other things that still seem doable… the ICAD wrap-up, the target number of podcasts, the new art for the CMP show cover, finally concretely starting the list of (dog) fosters (especially because the current foster is such a love and I don’t want to forget), and plenty of others.

Curious about all of this? Feeling like you, too, might benefit from clearly setting creative goals and maybe even sharing them? Listen to the second half of Episode 249, which is about goal-setting and, specifically, public sharing. That has still be hard for me. I don’t know exactly what I want or need, but I think this is an important line of self-knowing AND connection. See also the Get a Gang post (mentioned in Episode 251) and the discussion of how we make our communities (same show).

First up today… before I shift to podcast editing, show notes, photographing last night’s drawing, and trying to connect with someone, anyone out there in the either who hears me and has some “me, too” response, I figured it is past time to post a quick 2017 Index-Card-a-Day Challenge recap. So, that’s where I am headed now. Glimpses. (PS – A target number of blog posts wasn’t an August goal. The blog, right now, is really a vehicle for the show notes. That is a good thing. But some days I do wonder if putting all my words into a podcast has been the wrong thing to do. Even so… I haven’t been willing to post show transcripts or full notes for the 250 episodes of the CMP. I understand what is wrapped up in all of it… all those words are always with me. Figuring out the best approach to visualize them as a supplemental view… that’s where I’m at now. Although, admission… it hasn’t made me stop and listen to an old show. That is next. I stumbled over two sets of show notes the other day while searching for something, and they knocked me over with the ways in which they are still relevant.)

August Tracking   August ballpoint
August planning   August morning

 

Glimpses.

(PS – A target number of blog posts wasn’t an August goal. The blog, right now, is really a vehicle for the show notes. That is a good thing. But some days I do wonder if putting all my words into a podcast has been the wrong thing to do. Even so… I haven’t been willing to post show transcripts or full notes for the 250 episodes of the CMP. I understand what is wrapped up in all of it… all those words are always with me. Figuring out the best approach to visualize them as a supplemental view… that’s where I’m at now. Although, admission… it hasn’t made me stop and listen to an old show. That is next. I stumbled over two sets of show notes the other day while searching for something, and they knocked me over with the ways in which they are still relevant.)

Supplemental visual for Episode 249 — shared in the CMP group at Facebook.  (This is a very EARLY experiment in sketchnote-style information. There is work to be done! But the exploration is fun and ongoing. Check Episode 251: Sketchnote.)

Setting goals

 

 

 
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