Make New Year’s Resolutions for 2011

What kind of unaccomplished lady would I be if I didn’t at least try to make New Year’s Resolution which I may or may not accomplish this year?  Okay, so I’m probably a few days late to the party (living up to my namesake a bit too much?), but here’s some of the resolutions I’ve come up with so far.  I once read from Steve Pavlina’s blog (though I can’t find the article anymore) that the best way to make successful resolutions is to make an overall goal that encompasses all the specific individual goals you have for both your personal and career/business endeavors.  I imagine this also helps you determine what your real goals are for the year so if you miss on some small individual task, you are still able to see the big end goal in some way.  And in case you make a really crazy goal, you can still refine it to become closer to the overall goal at a later point.  Okay, enough talking about them, let’s list them!

Personal Goal: To be more well-read, more well-gamed, and more well-balanced

  1. Learn to read faster via PhotoReading (or other fast reading methods if PhotoReading doesn’t work out)
  2. Read at least 2 of the health books that are piling on my night stand and book shelves (more would be better!)
  3. Read at least 2 fiction books (okay, I was going to go for 5, but I want to be realistic and not bog myself down with too large of goals since this is only one of many goals I’m making!)
  4. Read at least one philosophical book, but better if at least 2 or more!
  5. Play at least 5 new video games via console or PC (That’s right, I’m adding in gaming to my goal list! Oh, and I’m not going to allow iPhone games in this category, because I easily play 5 new iPhone games a day if I’m not careful.)
  6. Finish Mass Effect 1 and play Mass Effect 2 (I’ve been so pumped about ME2 because I’m told that there’s an awesome story line in it, and the completionist in me says I need to start from game 1.) (Heck, while I’m at it, also finish The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii & Fable 2 on Xbox360.)
  7. Exercise at least 3 times a week (I’m thinking of starting this off as once  a week and upping it from there, likely to start with something easy like getting back into Yoga. All those Yoga Groupon and Living Social Yoga deals I snatched up last year should help with beginning this goal, I hope!)
  8. Create a balance between work & play (This is very general, but it’s to remind me why I have gaming as a resolution.  I’ve come to realize that I don’t value play as much as work on a daily basis, so to force myself to try something different, gaming is going to be a big part of 2011, or so I hope!)
  9. Take on photography & painting as hobbies (yes, they are different arts, but they are very similar in how I relate to both, and I simply want to pursue another art form that is not just writing in a blog or making a video)
  10. Save up for and go on vacation (I’m allowing things such as the Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions Conference because let’s face it, I want to go to that more than I want to go to Hawaii, or perhaps even Europe!)

Career Goal: To grow my small film production company into one that produces our own creative projects

  1. Set up business hours where Rene & I only work on business stuff and nothing else
  2. Focus on our booming commercial business rather than be split between commercial production and trying to develop creative stuff at the same time (This is a huge revelation that we came upon after speaking with really successful business owners and retirees.  More on this in a future post!)
  3. Clean up & organize our home office so that everything is streamlined and we aren’t always searching for things at the last minute
  4. Purchase the Panasonic AF100 and upgrade our current Sony Z1U camera set up (and if we’re feeling even more ambitious this year, also purchase the Sony PMW-F3, surprisingly, this camera is very close to being in our price range!! and we would just get this camera only if it weren’t for the fact that we don’t want to lug a $16k camera with us every time we go out on a client shoot)
  5. Focus on making bank from commercial productions, organize infrastructure of business in prep for and hire our first employee to free us up to do more creative projects with our time (this is also not that far off from happening, and I can’t wait to bring on my awesomely talented best friend as our first employee!)
  6. Set up creative endeavors as a “hobby” instead of half-assing them like we did last year while trying to juggle the two and develop hobby into successful money making projects (Another awesome tip we got from talking to successful business owners!)
  7. Get back into writing creatively and finish a script of any length (does not have to be good, just has to be a finished first draft)
  8. Produce a new creative project from start to finish & distribute to fans
  9. Finish the movie I started for the Senior Thesis, distribute it amongst film festivals & fans
  10. Build up a strong network of film/web/social media industry professionals

Okay, so knowing me, I’m likely going to eat my words on some of these goals, but I find it important to at least list them out.  Even if I haven’t written them the best, I think it’s important I put it out there so I can be more accountable to trying to accomplish these goals.  I’ve basically also written up a rough template for at least 20 different blog posts, too!  Here’s hoping that I get a good chunk of these done this year!

Feeling ambitious this new year? What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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