Falconer, Erin. How to Get Sh*t Done. New York, NY: Gallery Books, 2018. 111-113, 122.
Make a list of all your goals. Be sure to include goals from different aspects of your life, from personal to professional to relationships. Large and small – write them all down.
Start crossing things out. Leave only what fires you up the most. Choose a single goal in each category: (1) career growth, (2) personal growth, (3) relationship growth.
Own a tiny home and operate a tiny farm 2
- Create a modestly successful webcomic 2/1
Read all GoT books 2
- Maintain blog, building a foundation/portfolio for potential career change 2/1
Animation/digital art classes online? 2
- Move back to Nashville: have routine with family, be a great aunt by learning about my nephew and being present in his life (also the new baby) 3
Finish my GoT cross-stitching project 2
- Lose 100 pounds 2
- Strength training: goal to deadlift 250lbs. 2
Work with great coworkers and have leadership support 1/3 Have a partner, maybe get married? 3 Travel to Paris (European tour?) 2 Manage my spending better 2
- Have a close network of friends with similar interests as myself 3
- Use my interests and skills in my (new?) career: researching, analyzing, reading, editing, communication in general. **What’s my goal? Copyrighting? 1
Career Growth: Use my interests and skills in my (new?) career: researching, analyzing, reading, editing, communication in general. I’ll do this by maintaining my blog as frequently as possible, daily practicing with my digital tools to improve my drawing skills. I’ll track this via the calendar, posting weekly progress on the blog.
Personal Growth: I will begin strength training, lifting weights with the goal being to deadlift 250lbs. This will also be tracked on the daily calendar, posting weekly on the blog. For resources, I’ll follow the careers of the professionals and for motivation, I will look into the Arnold and the Highland Games. Things I can attend and really get pumped for this goal.
Relationship Growth: Move back to Nashville and harvest from the roots I have there. I want a routine with family (i.e., Mexican restaurants on Tuesdays), be a great aunt by learning about my nephew and being present in his life (also the new baby), and create a network of friends with similar interests and breaking into the Nashville art scene with them (maybe even volunteering at my old high school?).
Do these goals line up with the personality statement you made in chapter 1? (recreated here)
“In summation: I’m an introverted person who thrives on close relationships and is always looking for a good story. I live life experience by experience and I just want to be comfortable and worry-free. I have some hang ups when it comes to self image, but overall I enjoy being who I am. I’m a learner who needs challenges, an outlet, and the support of loved ones. I’m slow to try new thing if I think I’ll fail or others will witness my failure.”
Do these goals line up with my personality statement? Absolutely they do, and now I’ve got tears in my eyes. I feel like I know the daily steps I’ll need to take, but am scared to see if I’ll have the resolve to stick to such a rigorous list of tasks. I feel good, though. I’ll be creating that calendar shortly.
I’m an introverted person who thrives on close relationships and is always looking for a good story. I live life experience by experience and I just want to be comfortable and worry-free. I think moving to Nashville, having the hands-on support of my friends and family will be the backbone I crave.
I have some hang ups when it comes to self image, but overall I enjoy being who I am. Weight lifting will not only give me access into a sport I find incredibly interesting, but will build my self-confidence as well. This honestly could also lead to relationship growth as my confidence increases, and I may also feel more physically safe.