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Apr 21, 2019 22:45:09

[Help Me] Habits and Accountability

by @craigpetterson PATRON | 455 words | 295🔥 | 297💌

Craig Petterson

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At the start if 2019, I wanted to improve my habits. I made a plan. I tracked everything, every day and posted it openly on my website. This includes times on my side projects, gaming, making sure I take care of my teeth, and the most important factor for me this year: my health - exercising, walking and food management.

After 3 months, these goals are still important to me, but I'd perhaps change them slightly. I want to make a _useful_ product. It's less about quantity and more about quality for me right now. That said, my goal is still 4 projects, but I'm off track.

My goals don't state anything about reading or writing, but these have become more important to me. I've read 13 books in 2019 so far. I've mentioned before: I want to write more. I have many article ideas for my website, but I never get them done.

Accountability is so important to me right now. There is so much I want to do and achieve, but I'm crippled by own lack of motivation or my own thoughts of uselessness.

Before my holiday started, I wanted to hone my habits and get stuff done. I started using Makerlog again. I started using 200WAD. Now my holiday is over, I want to jump right in. Full swing.

Please, help me by keeping me accountable! :)


Continuing from by previous entry about accountability; I'm going to write about what I want to be held accountable for at the recommendation of @haideralmosawi. Firstly, I want to go over my 2019 goals and what I want to continue doing going forward.

I have just 4 goals;

1) 3 holidays. This isn't exactly difficult. I just need to book them and go right?

2) 4 projects. I'm way behind with this, but I partly think the long deadlines have been my biggest problem. I've been working on The Cake Pays, but I haven't even finished the main feature in almost 4 months. I've been too focused on design tweaks instead of functionality. I've never done that before, but I'm loving it at the moment. I've also been more concerned with marketing; this has proven to be crucial, but I don't have a clue what I'm doing.

3) Making 50 Twitter followers. (I'm at 48 right now.) While this sounds easy; just follow a bunch of people, get them to follow you back. I don't want to do that. I want to post meaningful content, but I'm in a weird state, where I don't have much useful to say. 

4) Make money on a side projects. Ooh, jeez. This could tie into 4 projects. If something is useful people would pay for it right?

Since making these goals, I've come to want to do a little more. I'll go into more details another time ;)

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    When you going to Krakow?

    Abe avatar Abe | Apr 26, 2019 15:08:18
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      @abrahamKim September! Are you in Poland?

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 26, 2019 23:25:43
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      @abrahamKim September! Are you in Poland?

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 26, 2019 23:25:44
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      No I'm in the US normally. But was wondering if you would be in Poland around JUly cause I might've been there around that time.

      Abe avatar Abe | Apr 28, 2019 17:10:00
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      @abrahamKim nope, sorry! Where about in the US are you from?

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 28, 2019 19:08:57
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      Right now in the great state of Indiana. haha.

      Krakow was one of the most beautiful cities I've seen. Hope you enjoy it.

      Abe avatar Abe | May 02, 2019 13:04:16
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    @craigpetterson just stick to what you are doing: documenting your journey. It will force you to make things so that you actually have material to document, and Twitter followers will come when you distribute your content :)

    Btw, learning to distribute your content well is 50% of marketing, so you can learn that through your 200WaD practice ;)

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 22, 2019 09:44:48
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    @craigpetterson Best of luck with your goals, Craig! A couple of ideas I've found useful:

    1- Treat what I do as an experiment. That way I'm not afraid of the outcomes. I treat them as feedback and I develop curiosity to understand them rather than an opportunity to judge myself

    2- Sequence my concerns: Right now I'm working on creating online courses. And, like you, I'm not comfortable with working on a single product. I want to work on 6 courses (since they're all of the same type of offering, I feel like I can batch the activities together). However, while I want to sell these course, I'm not thinking about sales and marketing now. I visualize my success to keep me motivated (what would I be able to afford and how would I spend my time when I'm successful), but right now the focus is on creation. Sales I will be concerned about after I'm done with creation.

    There may be people who are comfortable thinking about sales, building a community, etc. as they're building their product. But I know my limits and I don't want to position myself for failure. I want to increase my chances of success by dialing down the intimidation so I can be more functional.

    Good luck. I look forward to following your journey and please ping me if you need any help.

    Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 22, 2019 09:11:11
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