So, while New Year's is actually my favorite night of the year, my aesetic streak won't allow me the personal indulgence of New Year's resolutions. I'm not going to make a list of things I want to do every January 1st, only to fall flat two weeks into the year! I know better than to lie to myself like that!! This year we got in front of this by signing up for a health club membership in December, and having our workout relapse in early January, while everyone else was flooding the gym. Practical.
So, no New Years resolutions for me.
I do believe in the to-do list, though, and am glad to finally be at the age where I can set a to-do list for a period of time longer than today or this week and manage to stick to it. So, in the spirit of this new endeavor (blogging) and an effort to keep the business, and our lives, moving forward, here's a brief list of the things I intend to do in 2013.
#1 done! Of the rest, half are in motion (#2 on this list is where the blog draws its name from - our endeavor
this year to incorporate stock footage recorded while traveling into our
mix of revenue streams), the other half are in the early stages of efforting (a term WE use to mean committing back-burner brain power to drawing up a plan of attack, while working on actionable items toward other goals).
- set up multiple streams of passive income
set up at least one source of income that is made entirely of advertising revenue
- finish the film Massé and see it screen at a national festival
- find at least one additional distribution avenue for Broken Down
- build a new website for Bad Ferret
travel (trip #1 planned - New Orleans)
travel (trip #2 - New England/Boston)
travel (trip #3 - West Coast)
While I was working on this list, and thinking about setting goals, I came across this great article on how to-do lists actually function: how to master the art of the to-do list by understanding why they fail. I think I'm practiced enough in the art of the to-do list that a lot of this already made sense to me, although its always nice to see what you think or suspect backed up by actual research. The article made me curious about iDoneThis, also, which seems like a great way to share a task list with multiple team-members online. We don't have a need for it now, but I'm always keeping my eyes out for things that will come in handy as we grow.
This BBC post on the psychology of the to-do list was also great, and makes me curious about the GTD method. I've had this recommended to me before as a system that would work for me, and would be very curious to hear back from anyone who has used the method.
And now I need to go buy 43 manilla folders to enact a new method of self-management...or work on the new website...or upload stock footage...or sleep...or research distribution outlets...or work on taxes...or...