One of the things that is a bit odd about setting goals and doing all this work is that when I’m done, the list isn’t the sort you just memorize. You need to work on it regularly to make progress, and you need a way to remind yourself what the goals are so you don’t skip one. I hesitate to say “see the big picture” as it isn’t exactly about the bigger picture. It’s about seeing the details. So I’ve put them all in a single graphic for myself. Eight overarching goals, 25 ongoing, and 11 bucket list items. I know, 44 sounds like a lot. But PolyWogg 4.0 can handle them. I’m committed to the quest.
The other thing I want to do is give myself a separate logo for the year. Given that I’m pitching it to myself as a quest, something a little “knight”-like seems in order. So I went back into the archives and found a crest that resembles the Sadleir crest, which is the closest I can find. Add in my 2015 stuff, and I’m good to go.
I’m tempted to put those on a mouse pad or something. Maybe even a T-shirt for the knight logo. I like it a lot. Not that it is amazing artwork, or stellar creative work, but rather that I have something “different” than usual. Something unique to the year that reminds me that it is not business as usual. Whether or not it will help me visualize my goals or not is another story.
I’m still working on my detailed tracker though. I did find a nice planner over at ProductiveFlourishing. They have some of the best planning templates for personal use out there, and they’re all free. They update them every month, just click and download. They’re in editable PDF so they’re pretty good to use right out of the box. Unfortunately, I’ve been at this awhile so out-of-the-box options don’t usually work well for me, but they were enough to give me a good template that I replicated in ExCel and could then move things around, edit, tweak, etc. I’ve done the one for work, just trying to figure out what exactly to do for the blog tracker for the month/year plus my own goal tracker.
In the meantime, I’ve got my logo to keep me focused.