The Groundhog Day Resolutions Project Journal
Start Date 2/8/2016
DAY 01: Joined GHDR group
DAY 02: Created map of projects and goals for 2016 (including personal)
DAY 03: Posted a reply on Review Group AND designed an image (Dataset 1)
DAY 04: Posted a blog post and shared with the group
DAY 05: Found web links for the game project and a TED talk on visual data.
DAY 06: Created a Valentine for my husband and a set of logo comps for a client.
DAY 07: Completed a week of using the Chronodex for measuring productivity.
DAY 08: Tax Prep Day
DAY 09: Reached out to someone about helping with Shark marketing.
DAY 10: Shared my Valentines Card with the GHDR Review Group.
DAY 11: Inspired with a new idea! (Game design & Wellness related)
DAY 12: Organized my projects in Trello, made notes in Evernote and posted a blog post.
DAY 13: Overcame snow day inspired resistance and procrastination to complete the tax workbook then downloaded a book on visualizing data (“Story telling with Data.. a data visualization guide for business professionals” by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic) to my Kindle and listened to 3 tutorials on Xcode: Whew!
DAY 14: Reorganized the GHDR tracker to view a month at a time and added the days of the challenge: Used a 3-hole binder and made “flip” sheets for Scoring and for the Menu of Goals. Printed new Chronodex labels for my daily journal and made another binder for the headache data charts. Read recent issues of Fast Company and Wired: Treated myself to hot tea and crackers and watched “The Martian.”
DAY 15: Received my new custom Mini Fig Me! in the mail – did a bunch of tax prep work – and worked on the edits to a logo concept for a client.
DAY 16: Posted my notes on the GHDR tracker – ordered a new lego collectable.
DAY 17: Completed updates on a logo project and read Chapter 2 in “Story telling with Data.. ”
DAY 18: Updated GHDR project page and progress page.
DAY 19: Took a road-trip and brainstormed business ideas, projects & big dream goals with my husband- watched “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
DAY 20: Left Shark Swag at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow / met friends for wine and talked about projects & ideas.
DAY 21: Travel day – Exhaustion – Re-visit goals – Prep lists for new week.
DAY 22: Researched several options for product print services – made notes about the GHDR process and generated ideas for how to manage daily goals. (Blog post to follow)
DAY 23: No project progress due to billable work related tasks.
Day 24: Lost productivity due to muscle spasm in my neck – read Chapters 3 & 4 in “Story telling with Data.. ”
Day 25: Reviewed project progress & goals. Compiled notes about the GHDR scoring system in a Blog post!
DAY 26: Read chapter 5 in ” Story telling with Data..” Downloaded Game Salad and the Game Salad Manual – Accidentally picked up a book on GameMaker at the college bookstore (win not iOS) and made some big decisions about the Shark Sticker/Swag project. Refined my project goals and made some tentative deadlines.
DAY 27: Weekend stuff. Went shopping and met a friend for lunch at Five Guys. We discussed the Game Project and other projects and had a good time. I also checked out what tabletop games were available for sale at BAM (resisted the urge to buy more dice) and finally got groceries into the house.
DAY 28: BREAKTHROUGH DAY! Pushed through resistance and inhaled enough coffee to start and finish the visualization project! Spent hours muddling with Excel – found a gem of a website – then cranked my Sinatra Station on Pandora and got it done. The first draft of the 5-year Headache Project has been completed:
DAY 29: Slow day – worked through some exercises applying Polya’s Problem Solving Techniques to address goal setting and planning.
Week 4 Points = 70
DAY 30: Decided to go for it and completed a tutorial in Game Salad. Successfully made a basic 2-level game in which a tiny space ship collects gems and jumps through hyperspace to collect more. Bonus – since I am using the free trial version I did not have access to the assets required so I made mine own – Triple Bonus: Opening up garage band and throwing together a quick sound clip! (Never before tried experiment!)
DAY 31: Wrote a blog post about the Game Salad Tutorial and Garage Band experiment.
DAY 32: Was motivated enough today to complete a new logo concept, order business cards and upgrade a client’s website. I have been SO resistant to any client-based website projects – so this was unexpected and it felt good and not like drudgery.
DAY 33: Started a new document based project – encountered some resistance in getting started, but things started to come together once I started plotting details in Excel.
Day 34 and 35: Took the weekend to put my house in order. Stayed off the computer, cleaned out a closet, donated two bags of clothing to a local thrift shop, went to Walmart to get a replacement halogen light for over my workspace and after browsing the game isle – purchased a Rubik’s Cube. Had a wonderful long walk with Roxanne – (we saw that the ducks are back in the pond even though there is still some ice!) and was able to still find time to enjoy reading “Mozart in the Jungle” on the deck.
Week 5 Points =173
DAY 36-37-38-39: Paying work project: Focused on client based goals.
DAY 40-41-42: Crash & Burn: Travel time, meeting personal obligations:
Week 6 Points =45
DAY 43: The Rebuild – signed up for 4-week class in digital game design – sharing big ideas with close friends and family.
DAY 44: Travel day – drove and listened to XM Radio music. Thought about all of my projects.
DAY 45: Started the Cousera/Cal Arts Class.
DAY 46: Challenged to create a simple game on an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper using 2 dice and a pencil – made a sketch and mocked up several concepts.
DAY 47: Decided on a black and white Pirates theme for my game- played around with the mechanics and designed the draft prototype in Illustrator.
DAY 48: Made some edits to the game mechanics and submitted the game to the class.
DAY 49: Printed, played and reviewed 3 other games that others in the class had submitted:
Week 6 Points = 34
DAY 50: Set up some demo sites in WIX in order to clean up some outstanding client work that I decided has to be completed in order for me to close the door on the web design chapter of my life. Added a blog post about the game class.
DAY 51: Helped a client re-size a logo for printing on travel mugs and discussed an idea with someone and invited them to think about participating.
DAY 52: Staying focused on resolving the outstanding client issues!!
DAY 53: Completed the lecture sessions for week 2 in the game design class. Downloaded and read several chapters of “Flatland” by Edwin Abbott. A book about a 2-dimensional world and narrated by geometric figures. (It’s been on my reading list for a while)
DAY 54: Had a great coffee-lunch date with Fussy Bitch in Concord. Perused the magazine and business book section at B.A.M and choose a really nice edition of “Twenty Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne. Showed off the Headache Chart and discussed future plans and goals.
DAY 55: Cleaned the Condo, made the final edits to my game project and uploaded it: Updated the Skull & Bones project post: Ordered a book from Amazon about starting a non-profit business and organized the weekend research and reading material.
Day 56: Attacked the Sunday reading pile and completed the three required peer- reviews with the Coursera class.
Week 7 Points = 153
Day 57: Completed GHDR April Review and posted: Shared my Skulls & Bones game.
Day 58: Worked on some logo ideas for a new concept.
Day 59: Played around with Garage Band some more and started a soundcloud account to post “Jupiters dance mix” which I made into a ringtone too.
Day 60: Purchased a custom wordpress theme for the non-profit (?) project.
DAY 61: Off the grid.
DAY 62: Discussed health and gaming education in a chance meeting at the PO.
DAY 63: Travel day – Discussed Hasbro table-top contest with a friend.
Week 8 Points = 120
DAY 64: Researched Hasbro table-top game contest:
DAY 65: Personal day – walked the beach in the rain, tried to find “perfect” beach stones for home-made game board.
DAY 66: Travel Day
DAY 67: Started re-reading PopCo by Scarlett Thomas for inspiration.
DAY 68: Worked on a file structure and spreadsheet for a client’s project.
DAY 69: Discussed table-top publishing options and creative “edits” to the table-top game project.
DAY 70: Completed week 4 of the Causer/CAL ARTS class and updated the blog post with the final game project,
Week 9 Points = 64
DAY 71: – DAY 83 — OFF THE GRID —
DAY 84: Still off the grid
DAY 85: Sadness Day
DAY 86: Started reading “Twenty Leagues under the Sea” by Jules Verne
DAY 87: “May the fourth be with you!” – Happy Star Wars Day!
DAY 88: May 5th Review Day
DAY 89: Relaunched the web site with the minimalistic, No Sidebar Pro theme by Studio Press.
DAY 90: Travel day
DAY 91: Home day
Week 13 Points = 0
DAY 92: Creating order by cleaning out personal space and letting go of things-no-longer-needed. – 19 Points
DAY 93: Day 2 – letting go of things-no-longer-needed – started reading Godel-Escher & Bach by Douglas R. Hofstafer. 12 Points
DAY 94: Ordered the new Healthy Mind Cookbook by MIND diet plan by Katz and Edelson – Went for a walk – discussed new ideas outloud. 20 Points
DAY 95: Worked on layouts and researched financial and business practices. Finished “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” 3o Points
DAY 96: Client project: Using Illustrator and In-Design. 25 Points
DAY 97: Updated client site – 15 Points
DAY 98: Started working on the business plan in Scrivener: 14 Points
Week 14 Points = 115
DAY 99: Found my copy of The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman and watched a great video on table-top game manufacturing by Ludo FACT. 18 points
DAY 100: Finished a letterhead & brochure layout: Explored new options for my website: 39 Points
DAYS 101 – 105:– Read: “Childhood’s End” by Arthur Clark: Researched Trademark, Copyright and business information -Re-organzied web site: 91 points
Week 15 Points = 138
DAYS 106 – 126:
Read “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robery Heinlein – Met with shark collaborator to discuss new designs – Redesigned web site. Client work projects. Webinars via Lakes Region SCORE – Picked up new shark artwork panels! Had a cocktail party and distributed beach stickers to guests, discussed distribution. Prepared and posted the GHDR review for June.
No points because tracking was completely kiboshed.
DAYS 127 – 131: Client work • Reading Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs.” Interesting reading about Job’s artistic vision and commitment to production as an art form. Take away: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” (credited to Da Vinci) and motivational concepts such as “The journey is the reward” and “It would be better to miss than turn or the wrong thing.” Helping me to overcome internal resistance to publish the 2016 shark stickers – because “why the hell shouldn’t I?”
DAYS 133 –140: Updated website. In-house office update. Prepared process outline, pricing models and focus matrix for new shark stickers: Placed order!!
DAYS 141- DAY 147: – Shark stickers arrived in time for Shark Week! Had a lot of fun tweeting about everything sharks via @nemesistheshark – and on the Facebook page. Read “The Devils Teeth” by Susan Casey and watched many episodes on Discovery. Planning to see The Shallows with my daughter – because while shark week may be over – the shark obsession swims on! Working on rack cards to send to prospective distributors. SuperSharkStickers.com
DAYS 148- DAY 154: Looked into selling the stickers via Etsy and Ebay – had a bit of a setback some to lizard brain-doubt: Prepared the July GHDR review:
DAYS 155- DAY 161: Set up an Etsy store for the Super Shark Stickers, created some rack cards through Vistaprint – but when they arrived I saw that I made a stupid type-O: (Sent new proof off to a friend for editing LESSON LEARNED!) Feeling antsy, so I ordered a new hairstyle for my minifigme along with some accessories and a new companion. (yeah, yeah.. I know..)
DAYS 162- DAY 168: -Visited the Chatham Shark Museum and donated a bunch of stickers. Feeling a little overwhelmed with the realization that ideas are easy, but distribution?– not so much!
DAYS 176-182: Ordered thank-you order fulfillment cards: Had a few sales via Stickermule and Etsy: Signed up as vendor with Sea Blue Company and launched supersharkstickers.com. Picked up 15 followers on Twitter:
DAYS 183-190: Updated GHDR journal and posted the August Review:
DAYS 198 – 204: Started reading “Business Model Generation” by Osterwalder, Smith..,etc: worked on designing my own Business Model layout grid in Trello. Revisited my IAPP certification training. Started work on a “brand identity” for the shark stickers as a stand alone business entity. Made a custom lego/anniversary card for me and my husband.
DAYS 205-212: I think The response from the SCORE counselor was positive (“could be attractive to a niche market”) but since there was no invitation to meet or explore my ideas further I just let it go. Concentrated on work-work projects and made progress with attending to “Small Things” such as sorting paper-work, clippings and organizing my IAPP materials. Fell into the Doubt Gap and I seem to be experiencing an end-of-summer wind down with a desire to contemplate the difference between dreams, goals and realistic pursuits.
DAYS 213 – 219: Started organizing the study guide for IAPP, made a list of legal docs needed for moving forward with the table-top game design, and started re-reading Glenn Greenwald’s “Nowhere to hide.”
DAYS 220-226: Client based work
DAYS 227- 233: Client based work
DAYS: 233-240: Reading and studying
DAYS 241-247: Reading and studying (started reading Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson)
DAYS 248-263 — Tech break and travel.
DAYS 264-270: With a spur of the moment idea to create a music trivia game for a cocktail party, I assembled a playlist, made a logo, created 50 cards through MOO.com. When I was satisfied with the layout, I placed the order and had the game ready to play with a group of people. It was a nice sociable game that people seemed to enjoy and expressed their surprise that it wasn’t store-bought. It was the first time I presented a game concept of mine to anyone outside my immediate family or comfort zone.
DAYS 271-277: Reading Jaron Lanier ” Who owns the future” and “Song and Circumstance” by Sytze Steenstra about the music of David Byrne from the Talking Heads Trying to get back into fishing re-reading my study materials for the CIPP/US certification exam.
DAYS 278-284– Watched the Amazon series “Good Girls Revolt.” Started re-reading “Soul of a New Machine” by Tracy Kidder.
DAYS 285-291– Ordered the text book regarding privacy in IT systems. Started watching “Venture Brothers” again.
DAYS 299-305 Created three new techno-beat ringtones in Garage Band.
DAYS 305-312 – Ordered a Fitbit Charge 2 and got a membership to the local “Boneheads” gym.
DAYS 313- 319