I suck at
writing organizing my life making lists Setting goals for myself.
However, on my more creative side of life, I learned in 2014 that my words, no matter how powerful I felt they could be, needed a little tweaking to make them great. Like all great authors, I suppose, words find a way into your life from a variety of different places and people we interact with on a daily basis. I am a person that craves that interaction. It satisfies a need in me that I can’t explain and only someone who is like me can understand. 2014 was a myriad of thoughts, in no particular order, distilled onto paper without a particular purpose or goal. Even though I have been pretty successful on the writing side, getting help from my wife, my family and my friends has proven to be a bit humbling…to say the least. When you look at your own words a thousand times, you don’t see what they see. Writing, when done well, can weave a tapestry of imagery for the creative mind; something that I have struggled with accomplishing in years previous. But just like anything, practice does make perfect.
Goals are something that for years my wife has been trying to drill into my thick skull. Making lists is something she has always been phenomenal at, but for me the menial task of sitting down and actually doing it is another matter altogether. I’ve recently began using an app many of you may have heard of, Evernote. this app has everything I need to stay organized, even during periods when I don’t have access to the cloud. I could go on and on about it, but would you just trust me and check it out if you haven’t already. One of the best things about it is it’s not just for creatives, it’s an app for everyone.
Goals should be specific. For example, if you want to ‘get better at writing this year’, simply adding those words to a note will not cut the mustard. What kind of writing? About what? To what audience? And the always forgotten, what do I hope to gain from this goal? A brief description of where you expect to be when the goal in attained.
I believe that adding this one little thing to my workflow this year will drastically change the way I go about projects (both work and personal), interact with people, write, and let my goals rise above the noise that are our extremely connected lives. I cannot even begin how much this could change my life if I stick to it.
Many times, we get so cough up on how perfect people seem on line, but in reality we all have our faults. Shouldn’t this be a way we can share and learn from each other, enabling us to lead a more full, enriched, and productive life.
In a couple of years, I want to look back in the proverbial shoebox full of pictures and sit in astonished silence as I realize what I’ve done and how far I’ve come. -DvK