Goals for 2014
I read this blog post by Seth Godin a few months ago. It seemed like a great idea. I know there’s a lot of debate whether or not it’s helpful to announce goals. I think it depends on the person. For me, at least, I find it’s a motivator. I like being held accountable, so announcing things is helpful to me.
I limped into last year. After the failed Kickstarter I really felt I was back to the drawing board. I didn’t set any goals and was kind of aimless. If Violet hadn’t written a short film, I don’t know that we would’ve done much of anything to start the year.
This year is different. I find myself at a loss for an entirely different reason – I feel completely overwhelmed by all of the options. I’m finding myself indecisive on where to begin because it means choosing one project over another or having to put other projects on the backburner altogether. Whereas last year things were fun, this year every decision weighs a little heavier for several reasons:
- The next project is going to be bigger (and more expensive)
- The next project is going to be more visible (and failures even more public)
- The next project is going to be hard to find time for (because of life changes)
- The second to next project might not happen until 2015 (because of life changes, expenses, and scope of projects)
It’s that fourth bullet point that I keep getting hung up on. Rather than staring at excel sheets and calendars endlessly though, I’m going to accept the fact that cool stuff is going to happen this year. Really cool stuff. And cool stuff is going to happen next year. It doesn’t all have to be crammed in to this spring or next fall. It’ll happen when it happens, and in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the ride. But that does mean making goals and commitments to make sure something happens. So, here are my goals for 2014:
1. Start production on a feature
And ideally have production wrapped by the end of the year as well. In a perfect world, I’d have two features done this year, but I’ve come to accept that that’s not feasible. There are a few options as to which one will happen though. One is a bit out of my hands, another depends on a couple outside factors, and a third is a, “f*ck it, let’s make a movie” option. One of them will happen.
2. Meet awesome new people.
In 2011 and 2012 I really made an effort to get out to events, network, and meet new people. For someone who’s both shy and an introvert, this was tough, but the more times I put myself out there, the easier it became. Then last year, I kind of settled into the groups that I had become comfortable with. Not a bad thing, but definitely need to get out some more again. I’m hoping (fingers crossed) to be able to attend a decent number of film festivals this year between Casey and Chutes.
3. Read more
I did a woeful job of reading last year, both scripts and books. I didn’t have any script coverage responsibilities for the first time in a few years, so I think that really impacted my prioritizing reading. Reading begets writing and vice versa. Plus, I miss it. I’m committing to reading at least one novel or short story collection per month and one script per week this year.
4. Run four half marathons
I really don’t think my body can handle a full marathon. If it can eventually, it would be after getting into much better shape. But half marathons seem to be a happy medium. They also keep me motivated to stay healthy. So one per season seems reasonable, beginning with the Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona Half this weekend.
5. Write more prose
While signing up for half marathons has built healthy habits for me, writing more prose would do the same for my writing. I enjoy writing more than only scripts and I think blocking aside the time to churn out words will help me get used to writing every day as I should. It’s too easy to fall into habits of not “feeling” it and thus failing to produce the amount that I should. Writing shouldn’t be an emotional exercise every time. I’m committing to writing a short story every two weeks. Seems reasonable.
So there you have it, my goals for 2014. Some of these have already started and others I have now clearly defined for myself to get my act together and start moving forward. Here’s to more accomplishments than disappointments.