Quick monthly review

A very brief update. I’m already a week late, although the reason for that was a really great trip to Northern Ireland to promote the new book series to some schools.

  1. Spend 10 minutes meditating on my mission statement – I am back on track here and extending it a little to seek direction
  2. Record 10 pieces of music for distribution – I’ve been playing with a few online resources to begin to arrange the songs I have in preparation for recording
  3. Lose 10lbs in Lose Weight Exercise – Still no comment
  4. Write 10 posts – this is moving and I will be relaunching !maginality very soon
  5. Create 10 imagesbeen busy this last month and it is the art that has suffered. However, I have managed to create a couple of digital images
  6. Identify 10 people for an influential network – ongoing and slowly being built
  7. Have 10 minutes Lose Weight Exercise per day – well I did manage it for at least one day
  8. Increase web traffic by 10% – need to post more, but traffice is increasing
  9. Scan RSS reader for 10 minutes per day – still going strong. To see how I do it, you can read my guide to taming your RSS reader here
  10. Practice twitter in 10 minutes -  this is now second nature… almost

So all going well. If I can begin the Lose Weight Exercise, I may be able to rid the board of any red. If!

Post summer goal review

It’s time for my monthly review of where I am with things. However, I’m not overly concerned with the amount of red below, as I took a bit of a break. Still as a way of being accountable I’ll list and make the odd comment about where I am.

  1. Spend 10 minutes meditating on my mission statement – I have slipped a little with the regularity of this, so back down to amber this month
  2. Record 10 pieces of music for distribution – well I haven’t done much about this. I have been practicing my guitar scales, but no actual recording
  3. Lose 10lbs in Lose Weight Exercise – No comment
  4. Write 10 posts – from total fail to movement. I have made a start, and a big start. I am noting ideas each day on 750 words and now have enough ideas to keep me going for a few months
  5. Create 10 imagesafter a reasonable start last month, the paint brushes have remained dry
  6. Identify 10 people for an influential network – ongoing and slowly being built
  7. Have 10 minutes Lose Weight Exercise per day – *cough* move on
  8. Increase web traffic by 10% – still tied to writing the posts above, but I am moving and have set myself some deadlines
  9. Scan RSS reader for 10 minutes per day – and I now have plenty of time to get more done. To see how I do it, you can read my guide to taming your RSS reader here
  10. Practice twitter in 10 minutes -  I have continued to cut down my twitter time

So, not great but progress.

Ten plus three

Yet again I have missed the deadline for my review of things I want to achieve in 2010. I’ll use the standard excuse that things have been fairly busy but I’ll also throw in that I have been doing a bit of re-evaluating. The concept of linking everything to the number 10 and multiples of 10 is a great idea to be reminded of what I want to do. However, once reminded I have then stuttered.

Of course one reason I maybe struggling is that the goals aren’t, or haven’t been, particularly SMART. This may have something to do with all the various options for what the mnemonic actually means. However, as I have gone through things I have decided to make everything a little SMARTER.

I have looked at what I wanted to achieve back here, and tried to develop some direct things that I can do and put into practice. I’ve also dropped, the projects list I had. It is still in the archive somewhere but it’ll soon disappear from the navbar. The projects and ideas I had there though, have been transferred to the list below. So, next month, I’ll be reviewing how the following has gone.

  1. Spend 10 minutes meditating on my mission statement
  2. Record 10 pieces of music for distribution
  3. Lose 10lbs in Lose Weight Exercise
  4. Write 10 posts
  5. Create 10 images
  6. Identify 10 people for an influential network
  7. Have 10 minutes Lose Weight Exercise per day
  8. Increase web traffic by 10%
  9. Scan RSS reader for 10 minutes per day
  10. Practice twitter in 10 minutes

Now there are 10 things for me to get on with for the next month. Some of the things are daily, others are weekly and still others are longer term. Some will have sub-lists of things to do and others are pretty self evident.

This list is not exclusive. There are many other things I am and will continue to do, but these things highlight areas I want to explore and develop. I’ll explain more details as I continue, such as traffic stats and what sites am I actually talking about. But this list is primarily for me, to hold myself accountable for the rest of the year.

Point 5 of 10 in 2010

I have now reached the six month point into my goals and dreams based around the number 10 in 2010. However, I can’t say that I am halfway to reaching everything that was planned. Part of the reason for that is because I still had gaps in what I wanted to achieve when I started; the final destination hadn’t been decided upon.

So, as I reach the halfway mark, albeit a little late, it is time to sit back and evaluate where I am. I have edited my 10 projects, added another couple and wondering whether anything else should be added. The next thing to do is to make those projects into concrete goals with some measurable results.

As for the other things on the 10 in 2010 list I am doing okay… ish. I still haven’t made a move on the 100 things challenge and I am only just starting to build a network of people.

The other element in all this is that I had originally planned to keep this blog separate from the ‘day job’. The problem is that the ‘day job’ is so integrated with my life and mission statement, that it is proving impossible to do that. My previous social media post is an example of this. So more and more of the content here, and in my 2010 progress, will include the working hours.

Of course there are little things that come along and mess up the most detailed of plans. One of those is that I now need to replace the bath… it has broken, fallen apart. It was one of those projects I was hoping to avoid by moving home before the bathroom needed renovating. Now, that isn’t an option.

Review on the 10th delayed as I seek coalition

These posts, where I review how I’m doing with things, are purely for myself. Firstly, I get to see how I am progressing and tick off what I have achieved and secondly, I am at least somewhat accountable.

The downside to that is that I quite often let the 10th slip past. This month is yet another example of that. But here I am and it’s time to review where I am with everything.

Well the book is finished. I am currently reading the proofs to confirm that I am happy with all the changes, and then it is off to the printers. So I can finally tick off the first project of 2010.

The next on the list is the music and getting that back on track. This is all about finding some quality time to sit down with the digital studio and literally make music. This is easier said than done and may need to organised with some time blocked off; five minutes here and there isn’t really an option.

I think the take a photo each day has been left behind. I may get going on it later on in the year, perhaps do something for a month or so, or express the goal through my photoblog. I’ll make a decision on this by the next review.

The theme is still here and still being developed. I have been focusing on the functionality side rather than the aesthetic (can you tell?)

As for the other things on my 10 in 2010 I can now try and get my head around them. I suppose I underestimated how much time the book manuscript would take. When I was told at college to multiply how long you thought it would take by three I didn’t believe them. Now I do.

This next month I’ll be looking at developing my blogs and networking. There will be a new series of blog posts detailing how that will happen too. I am hoping that by detailing my progress and actions it will help others as they take steps into social media and blogging. There may well be one or two changes on how this site and blog presents itself. So, until we meet again…

33.3r in 2010

The fact that a recurring number can’t be pinned down is a wonderful impossible thing. I like impossible things. And what better to way to look at my April 1oth review of 2010 with, ‘it’s April already? That’s impossible!’ echoing through my brain.

Yes, it is already a third of the way through the year; 33.3r. And I am nowhere near a third of the way through the things I wanted to do. In fact some haven’t even really begun yet.

I have done the first draft of the book though. And I am now doing some re-writes to tidy things up and make it a little bit more ‘horrifying’. As soon as I have done that I can cross off, what is probably the most time consuming project for the year.

Once that is out of the way I will be focusing on the other goals and adding a few more projects to my list. But first, I need to finish the re-writes. So I’d best stop yapping here and get on with it.