If there’s nothing up by then – feel free to yell at me in the comments!
**All images in this post are property of Koble Corp and I didn’t make any of them – but I think they’re pretty awesome.
- Dedicated more time into hard skills like drawing and writing
- Better organized myself and my projects using Trello and Wunderlist
- Strengthened my skills in InDesign (aka – my ‘spider’ of design software)
- Strengthened my speaking skills by doing a slew of Live Streams on facebook
- Teamed up with a webdesigner friend to develop my website
- Explored being a Project Manager for a Print Company
- Earned Around $8,000 via UpWork, LinkedIn, and Personal Outreach
- Developed a personal fun project to keep myself motivated for all the boring projects that pay bills
- Connected (and kept connections) with more people in my field
- Developed stronger connection with family and friends thanks to my live streams, Glide, and reaching out
- Adopt schedules and set/meet deadlines
- More TBA on Friday 😉
I recently took some ‘glamour shots’ for my professional profiles thinking it was no big deal – but the feedback was really interesting and spurred on this analysis:
The most anti-climactic win Ever.
A man’s reach should exceed his grasp. – Robert Browning
Thanks to Inktober, I have a good bit of artwork to use for my tshirt shop! Two uploaded today and they look pretty dang good if I do say so myself. I already have plans for the second round which will feature watercolor elements to these designs.
I’ve noticed that when I’m trying to get one thing done, a whole lot of other things get done in the wake of anticipating that one thing.
Today, I opened my UpWork profile up for proposals again and within 5 hours, received 7 invites for projects. Business wise, it was a pretty good day all around. … despite me not making my 5 Design Goal of the day.
This is what happens when I set my sights on something – I feel like I should be busy doing Something at any given moment – even if it’s not what I originally intended, I still get interesting things done.
This is probably how serendipity finds me.
And tomorrow I’ll try again to reach my goal.
This weeks goal: 5 new designs in at least one store per day.
This happens Every Single Time.
I’m pretty sure this is a common thing that happens with everyone so I’ll share my insight on the matter. This is how the pattern of events normally proceeds:
- On a whim, decide to take (or Retake) on a challenge
- Excitement / Motivation die off
- Slow slide off band wagon
- Wave of procrastination/avoidance/exhaustion
- Timely reminders of habit changing and the benefits following through
- Stable-minded re-commitment to challenge
And, as usual, I had the timely reminder of how and why to get myself back on track. This time it came in the form of a podcast from The One You Feed. Of course the first episode I listened to was a mini-episode about how Avoidance drains you of all energy – which complimented the habit building tactics of the next episode. One major point was to deconstruct big tasks into smaller manageable ones. But by the time I think about how to deconstruct the main goal, I need a nap.
- 5AM : Feed Cats / Make Coffee / Check Email / Write Blog Post / Work Projects
- 10AM: Clean Kitchen / Catbox / Crochet
- 2PM : Waste an Hour**
- 4PM : Go for Walk
- 7PM: Draw
- 10PM : Edit Website
- 10AM : Feed Cats / Make Coffee / Check Email / Work Projects
- 4PM : Go for Walk
- 7PM: Draw
- 10PM : Write Blog Post
So, here we go again! If at first you don’t succeed – Try, Try again.
Goal for today : Make daily / weekly / yearly goals for next post
Anyways, back to topic.
Ideas that react with problems to synthesize solutions.
Why I’m usually up at 3AM in no particular order:
- Someone is Snoring Loudly
- Cats. Cats are being loud.
- I’m thirsty.
- I had a weird dream and now I need to look something up
- I had a night terror and woke up screaming.
- I read somewhere waking up at 3AM is the perfect brain frequency for working on creative projects.
- I was born at around 3AM, so now I feel like it’s a “lucky” time for me.
So, what do I do with this time?
I use this as “extra” time. I can do whatever I want! If I want to draw, I draw. If I want to play a game, I game out. I exercise, do yoga, write, read about spiders. Whatever I want to do.
Sure, I could probably use it to work or do something “productive”, but I noticed when I try to do that, I get sleepy very, very fast. I need this time to be pressure free.
And that’s what works for me. Anyone else have this weird internal alarm clock thing happen to them?