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Apr 13, 2019 20:48:53

[Help Me] Habits and Accountability

by @craigpetterson PATRON | 223 words | 69🔥 | 69💌

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! :)

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    @craigpetterson - okay, sounds like there are a handful of us that want to be more like @baz and LevelsIO -- I'm starting today. ( again ) -- here's a doc for Build Stuff School

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QuqAc0PDjh6JYSufNBkB-4nAifmsB-p-3rYRazoTT_A/edit?usp=sharing I'll need some accountability on as well.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 16, 2019 00:23:43
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    @craigpetterson - okay, sounds like there are a handful of us that want to be more like @baz and LevelsIO -- I'm starting today. ( again ) -- here's a doc for [Build Stuff School(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QuqAc0PDjh6JYSufNBkB-4nAifmsB-p-3rYRazoTT_A/edit?usp=sharing) I'll need some accountability on as well.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 16, 2019 00:22:22
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    @craigpetterson - @craigpetterson - okay, sounds like there are a handful of us that want to be more like @baz and LevelsIO -- I'm starting today. ( again ) -- here's a doc for (Build Stuff School)[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QuqAc0PDjh6JYSufNBkB-4nAifmsB-p-3rYRazoTT_A/edit?usp=sharing] I'll need some accountability on as well.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 16, 2019 00:21:57
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      @brianball Good luck. What's this doc for? Do you want me to fill it in?

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 16, 2019 11:36:38
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    @craigpetterson - okay, are you in the Slack channel?

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 16, 2019 00:09:49
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      @brianball I am. I'm Craig with the same profile pic :)

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 16, 2019 11:35:17
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    @craigpetterson Sounds exciting. It may help to share some specifics about your projects or what you want to complete weekly/monthly we know what we're holding you accountable for. Even if it's "create wireframes". At least there's a specific end point to aim at.

    I spent a few years super stuck on a number of projects. I was reading a lot and going through lots of courses, but didn't produce anything. So I felt kind of useless. But once I had the opportunity to put my learnings into practice, I had a lot to offer. So even if you don't feel like you're contributing much to the world (I'm pretty sure you are), you're contributing to your own self growth and potential. You'll find projects to actualize your potential.

    Best of luck, Craig!

    Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 14, 2019 10:35:33
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      @haideralmosawi that sounds a lot like my situation right now.

      I'm going to be posting an article about side projects I've thought about soon. This idea came from 101 side projects by @anthilemoon on Maker Mag and from MAKE BOOK by @levelsio

      I'll consider writing my goals more thoroughly as another 200WAD articles.

      Thanks for the advice! Speak soon.

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 14, 2019 10:38:04
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    @craigpetterson Nice summary. In 24 days I look forward to welcoming you to #Teamstreak.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 13, 2019 16:20:06
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      @brandonwilson That sounds like a challenge! ;)

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 14, 2019 00:39:37
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    @craigpetterson keep it up! Be sure to allow some flexibility in your goals as you definitely will change over 12 months. Heck, even one month! Just try to have a direction you want to go in and keep on checking if your goals are helping you go in that direction. If not, then don't be afraid to change your goals here and there :)

    I also just read the Atomic Habits book by James Clear which was a great book on learning about habits, and setting goals :) Highly recommend it!

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Apr 13, 2019 17:19:36
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      @jacklyons I loved that book! Great recommendation!

      I'm also reading The Power of Habits right now.

      I have a quote from James Clear that I have on the top of my Trello board (the default board - the one I bookmarked). He posted it on Twitter fairly recently.

      "When making plans, think big. When making progress, think small."

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 14, 2019 00:36:16
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    @craigpetterson Keep going Craig, you got this. As of your maker habit, stop overthinking and just release stuff for people to see. Their feedbacks will tell you how to make useful stuff :)

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 14, 2019 00:26:10
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      @basilesamel Thanks, Basile. Good to hear some encouragement.

      I'm re-focusing my first project into a user-driven project and hoping to get some good results with that. I'll be starting another project more for myself very soon, which I think will increase my progress more consistent. We'll see!

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Apr 13, 2019 23:33:08
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