Goal Reset

What's the difference between God and a bassist? God doesn't think he is a bassist.

What’s the difference between God and a bassist? God doesn’t think he is a bassist.

It is the end of the month, so that means it is time for me to review my goals and to see how my progress is coming along.

I am a little bit compulsive about goal setting. Each month I make myself a month long to-do list on a sheet of 11×17 paper. They really are quite ridiculous: sometimes up to 100 items long and I never finish them all the way. At the end of the month I count up the total number of goals that I set and the total number of goals that I accomplished and give myself a productivity percentage which is usually around 50%.

For the past two months I have been closer to 75%, but this is a bit of a fluke since I had the good fortune to premiere a new short film a few weeks before an older film was scheduled to screen at a film festival. This doesn’t happen every day, so it was exhilarating, but also exhausting.

The lack of a regular creative outlet is beginning to manifest in strange ways: I keep dropping things, for instance, and I have to work so hard to concentrate that any interruption frustrates me to the point of annoyance.

I go through phases where sometimes I will be able to grind through so much work and socializing and production that it feels exhilarating. I likewise go through phases where I freeze up into mental, emotional, and sometimes even physical immobility where I feel so overwhelmed by everything that I can barely function. The trouble is that when I am in a productive phase I dread losing my momentum so I just keep running until I can run no more. Then I have to wait until my body is ready to kick back into gear again and there is no way of knowing each time how long it will take. Then I build up momentum and don’t want to lose it again.

In an effort to keep up my momentum without burning out I am planning to redirect my efforts a bit for the next few weeks. Although I was able to make great leaps and bounds forward with my filmmaking over the past two months I also took giant leaps backwards on my running, artwork, and bass practicing.

So for the next month I am going to try to practice my bass for one hour every day. That is going to be my priority even if I get nothing else done: to spend one hour alone concentrating on one, single, constructive task every single day.

My hope is that by doing this I will have a clearer, more focused mind and as a result will be able to accomplish many other goals as well.


~ by Gwydhar Gebien on March 31, 2013.

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