I’m having a slow-ish start to the year. And from a few conversations I’ve had recently, you might be too.
I mean, I’m all about looking back on the year with the usual questions like:
- So where DID the money come from last year?
- What made my heart sing and what were the slogging through-quicksand projects?
- And if the money came from the quicksand projects, how will I change that up this year?
You know, the usual.
So I evaluated and pondered and reached out to the people I trust though phone, email and across the couch (that’s Jim, btw) and sat with the information at hand for a bit.
And here’s what I know:
I want to make meaningful work that enhances my skills and interests.
Well, that’s pretty generic, Ronnie!
As I make my practical plan for the new year, everything on it must meet that criteria. So with each opportunity, I need to ask the following questions:
- Is it within my skills? (sure, I’ll stretch a bit—after all I taught myself video editing last year!) But if I need to learn a new skill to do something, how much time is taken away from the “doing something” to learn “the something”? And is that a better use of my time than developing more content that fits better?
- Am I interested in it? We all see things go by us and think “hey, I can do that” but is it something that will hold my interest once it’s done? I don’t have time for trend-chasing, flash-in-the pan, hey that’s pretty cool detours from my best work.
- Is it meaningful? It doesn’t have to change the world, but it does need (for me, anyway) to be useful, to be helpful or to make someone else feel better. That includes coaching, teaching and even my art practice.
How are you approaching 2019?
Slow re-entry or with a hands-on-hips power pose ready to crush it this year?*
What are the questions you need to answer?
*Well, good for you but you’re making me a little tired.