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’m getting into a good rhythm with my blog posts. Now into my 3rd week I made five more posts and have decided this is the right number that gives me enough time to complete my other responsibilities with enough time left over to work on my other interests. Going forward I have adjusted my target to 5 posts each week.
Next week’s target: Post 5 of 7 days
I worked a little more on my novel but not as much as I wanted. I’m finding it difficult to sit down and do the work as I become distracted with other projects. I read an interesting bit of advice about writing time this week. (
I cannot recall where or who originally said it, so if you know could you post a comment so I can give the author credit! Edit: I found the article I ready on The Art of Blogging. The quote is by Raymond Chandler and included in the article Don’t Think, Just Write! by Cristian Mihai) The gist is that during your set writing time you need to write. If you aren’t writing you shouldn’t be doing anything else. Period. Your alternative to writing during this time is thinking about your writing or staring at the wall. I’m going to give it a try this weekend.
Next week’s target: 3 hours brainstorming and outlining
I didn’t work on photography at all this week. For now, I’m leaving this creative category as a “nice to have” and will play around with tutorials and practicing on my own photos when the impulse strikes me.
Next week’s target: Playing around for for as much time as I want
I began reworking one of the complex views in my project. I originally had it as a dynamic tableview but have since determined that it should really be a static tableview and insert dynamic tableviews within certain sections of the static table view as needed. I’m sure if you are not into coding all you probably read was “blah, blah, blah-blah, and blah!”
Next week’s target: Complete the change to a static tableview
I completed the script for my Motion project. The best part about writing the script rather than jumping in head first to build the project was coming up with alternative ideas on how to present the full concept. Near the end, I originally thought the animal shelter would rise from the ground, but as I finished up the script I came up with what I think will be a better way to show the shelter moving from idea to reality. Now comes the fun part—getting my hands dirty in Motion!
Next week’s target: Map out the entire project in Motion.
What projects are you passionate about this week? Are you finding time and success in your creative adventures?