To keep myself accountable, I have chosen to post about my creative progress each week. Although you may not be invested in the details of my progress (or lack thereof), I hope you can take from my updates some ideas on developing your own personal accountability method.
I think lowering my target posts by one took a bit of pressure off me this week although I struggled a bit to get my fifth post in, probably because I had a false sense of ease to accomplish my goal. I know five posts per week fits well into my work, home and creativity schedule, I know now that I cannot take the effort I need to put forth in my posts for granted.
Next week’s target: Post 5 of 7 days
I spent quite a bit of time this past weekend working on my novel. I set aside a few specific times to work on my writing and committed to writing, outlining, or thinking about writing while avoiding doing absolutely anything else. I did some of the writing outside and when I had that urge to check my e-mail or jump over to a browser, I held myself back and just stared at the trees and clouds until I could refocus on writing. I am now working on setting aside more time during the week to work on my novel and other writing projects.
Next week’s target: 3 hours brainstorming and outlining
No photography work again this week, but at least I don’t feel guilty for leaving this out. Maybe I’ll have time and an urge to play around in the next few days.
Next week’s target: Playing around for for as much time as I want
I completed the rework of one my main views to a static view, at least everything that was in the dynamic view. This week I will be working on adding even more components to the project in this view. My plans are getting a bit complex but the good part for me is that each piece can be segmented into smaller chunks. Not only does this makes it easier to work on but as I complete each segment I am rewarded with the satisfaction of making real progress.
Next week’s target: Complete three more sections in the static tableview
Although I’ve completed the script I have not jumped back into the Motion project yet. I expect to spend time this week mapping out the project with placeholders to see how the flow works. This will also provide some basic Motion practice since I am still quite the novice and it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done anything in motion.
Next week’s target: Map out the entire project using placeholders.
Have you started any new creative projects? How are you fitting these in to your likely already packed life?