Goals, TODO lists, Task List, etc. I've been creating them for years for a range of aspects including work, health, family, personal projects, etc., all with varying levels of success. So for this years goals, rather than listing a set of wants, I'll do some research on the subject so I can make better, more achievable goals. While researching I came across this great article: Golden Rules of Goal Setting on the Mind Tools website. In Summary, the five golden rules are:
1. Set Goals that Motivate You
It is important that they motivate you (i.e. important to you) and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim.
2. Set SMART Goals
For goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART:
Specific: Your goal must be clear and well defined.
Measurable: Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success.
Attainable: Make sure that it's possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence.
Relevant: Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take.
Time Bound: You goals must have a deadline. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.
3. Set Goals in Writing
The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. Use the word "will" instead of "would like to" or "might."
4. Make an Action Plan
You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you'll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal.
5. Stick With It!
Goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Your end destination may remain quite similar over the long term, but the action plan you set for yourself along the way can change significantly. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high.
Goal 1: Relaunch my personal website and keep it current
By January 31, 2016, relaunch my personal website, containing a portfolio, a blog, and a secondary blog named CG Short Showcase. Once launched, the website will be kept current by regularly posting on the blog showing progress on my various projects and posting 2 short films on the CG Short Showcase blog per week.
Goal 2: Re-invigorate Pixel Evolution's Stock Images
By February 14, 2016, restructure the Pixel Evolution stock images into Image Packs and relaunch the website. Then commencing February, create 10 new images a month, releasing a new Image Pack every two months.
Goal 3: Create Power BI Training Course
By April 30 2016, create an introductory training course on Power BI and launch on Udemy.
Goal 4: Get New Tattoos
By March 31, 2016, get two new tattoos with Emily's and Joshua's names.
Goal 5: Launch Face Tracking Application
By June 30 2016, Launch the Kinect based Fact Tracking Application on Gumroad, the Blender Market, and Steam distribution platforms, including the integrated Blender plugin.
Goal 6: Be More Healthy
By November 30, 2016, be living a healthier lifestyle consisting of implementing healthy eating plans, a nightly exercise routine (~10 min) , 3 Intensive Exercise Sessions per week (~45-60 min), and reducing my weight by 15-20kg.
Goal 7: Learn VFX
By December 31 2016, have a VFX based portfolio containing Smoke, Fire, Pyro, Water, Fracture and Destruction based effects.
Goal 8: Start a Graphic Novel
By December 31 2016, be well on the way for the creation of a Graphic Novel. This will include a completed script (drafted, reviewed, and finalized), character and environment designs. and page layouts for the first 20 pages.
As usual, a quite ambitious list, with a mix of Financial, Artistic, and Health related themes.
Details, reasoning and action plans will follow in subsequent posts.
And Yes, I realize it's February 1, not January 1.
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