Eat That Frog! (don’t worry, it’s not a recipe)
I’ve had a great weekend. Toy Show, Festivals, a party, dinner out, dinner in, and movies. Oh, and fresh veggies. I love my farmer’s market!
Twice a year I reassess my goals and plan my steps accordingly. I’ve been managing my time for over a decade with David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) techniques and have never missed a deadline, never swung way off plan. I started this blog after writing my goals for the first half of 2014; photography, as you all know, quickly followed. I couldn’t have budgeted for them either way, both have taken up much more time than I would have anticipated — and that’s a good thing as I enjoy both.
So here are two pics to give you an idea of what I do. I brainstorm (Mindjet) and put EVERYTHING from my finances to when I’m going to clip my nails in my scheduler (OmniFocus). I prioritize my brainstorm, but not my scheduler. I have specified dates and times when something needs to be finished and I do what comes up without prejudice to my goals. What needs to be done, needs to be done. Then in June and December I look at what I’ve been able to accomplish and where I want to go next.
I’ve budgeted myself one hour per day for blogging, with allowances for reading on the train when I have down time. The goal is to begin translating my blog into Japanese by year end, in effect having two blogs. The time is interchangeable with my next goal.
I’ve also given myself one hour hour per day to work with my photos. I also budgeted time to watch videos from Lynda.com and read a few books for understanding photography. I’ve decided to orient my summer and fall holidays towards photography and will travel around Japan for three weeks in August to build up my skills (and have fun). When I sit down in December I’ll think about what I want to do with photography (and blogging). Then readjust. That’s my process.
There’s a wonderful book from which I give my juniors copies from each year. It’s called Eat That Frog! and it’s filed with a score of concise key points to help you achieve. (I sometimes read passages from it when I need to self-motivate.)