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Goals for the Next 3 Months 0

Posted on May 31, 2015 by Keith

With the change in careers, I’ve also been shifting about my way of setting goals. I have weekly, monthly, 3-month, 6-month and yearly goals now. I’m finding it easier to break down my goals in that way, with sub-goals defined, rather than work on an ever-evolving larger set of goals. It also allows me to better track the use of my time so that I can better estimate the time and ‘spoons‘ I need to be able to accomplish them. For today’s post, I’m going to discuss the goals I have set for myself for the three months between the end of the current school year and the beginning of the next. However, I won’t be discussing my consulting goals as those are confidential to those projects, so if my goals seem short (time wise), that’s because there’s consulting in there that I’m not discussing.

So – with a break after a busy school year, my first goal should be to relax, right? Yes but no. I’ll spend a few days┬árelaxing right after the school year ends while my daughters are finishing their last few days of school, but after that I am going to get to work on my first goal: preparing for the next school year! That’s right – I’m going to get right to work on the items I want prepped for next year. ┬áThe reasoning is pretty straightforward: I don’t know how long it will take me and I don’t want to be under the gun once school starts again. A lot of my instruction will be delivered through eLearning modules, gamification, and other non-traditional channels, so I need time to get everything made and tested in advance. Additionally, while I have a set of curriculum maps created, I need to create the above content for 8 different grade levels so it’s a lot to accomplish. I also want to implement a menu of options related to each unit, so I need to map those out and create them as well. The first priority is to create the ‘must do’ pieces of each unit, and then evaluate the menu goals for time.

The second goal is art. I really need to put some time and focus back into my art. I’ve been away from it too long, with only a couple of weeks a couple of months ago spent painting in about the last two years. So my goals for this are two-fold. First, I want to get a couple of paintings completed. Second, I want to get some drawing time in each day. I know I can improve my drawing skills if I put regular effort into it, and I never make myself do it. That’s going to change!

The final goal is to finish developing one small game. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, or with the greatest art, or anything else. I just need to FINISH one. I have been starting game projects for years and have never actually finished any. It’s time to finish one so I can get past that hurdle and prove to myself I can do it! More on this goal as soon as I figure out what small game I’m going to focus on. Odd are that I’m going to combine this goal with my first goal and complete an educational game. Time will tell!

What are your goals over the next three months? How are you planning to tackle them? Are they large goals, or a smaller set of your overall goals? I’d love to hear from you!

Welcome Back! (Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the blog) 0

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Keith

As I sit here, Duran Duran’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger album is playing on iTunes, my dishwasher is going, I’m waiting for company, and all around me are strewn the various projects I’ve been working on infrequently over the last 10 months. Yes, indeed – it’s been an interesting time, and it’s only going to get more interesting from here on out!

Between the last time I posted a blog entry here and now, I have resumed technology consulting, started on some of my own development projects, and been hired and am enjoying being a technology teacher at a charter school in Minnesota! Needless to say, it’s been a lot of changes from the lazy days of recovering from cancer. I did have a brief return of cancer earlier this year, but it was caught very early by a scan, and was dealt with just as swiftly. *knocks on wood for it to stay away*

My return to blogging has been prompted by a desire to document for myself all of the different changes I’m going through, my plans, my goals, my ambitions, and to provide an outlet that other might enjoy for finding their own inspirations or tools. I am not committing to any particular frequency of posts at this time, as I don’t want to fall into my usual trap of blogging becoming a ‘job’ but I do hope to update frequently enough to keep a good flow going.

That’s it for today. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!


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