Missing This

I miss this blog too much to miss another day. -cry- I tried to soft ban myself until I had updated my website, but decided to do a rebrand. This has resulted in a much larger and longer project than the ban is meant for. On the other side of this, the ban was to motivate me into being productive…which…didn’t work so well.

Aside from extending a 4-hour project into a 1-2 week long project, I’ve taken up Neopets again. This comes at a bad time as I am heading into the rebrand and trying to finish all the projects I started this year. Thank the creator of Citrus, without you, I would be wasting a lot more time playing Hasee Bounce and collecting lint jelly from the not-so-secret jelly world on Neopia. I would also be tweeting more about how unproductive I am being and the woodpecker that is knocking at my second story window. The cat wants to eat you, please stop, Zorro knocks over my lamp and BB8 toy every time you try to eat a bug.

In other news, I am still taking on the three goal challenge I started. I keep adding more tasks which make reaching the end goals more difficult. Working on scaling back the ideas exploding and being realistic with what is accomplishable in a day. I find myself underestimating how easily I get distracted. Hence Citrus, planning, and focused goals.

I do better when I know what I want to accomplish and why. I’ve been having difficulties creating a new home page, about me, and organizing my portfolio. I attribute this to waffling on the target audience. I keep switching between targeting freelance clients and hiring managers at motion design companies. I know there is overlap, but I’m struggling with that focus. It affecting the brand image I want to create. To the point where I want to split into two websites, but I don’t. Even writing these thoughts makes me conflicted. I’ve been working on different strategies to figure out what I want. Will do another one tomorrow morning and hope my head clears.

Updates will come soon. I will be posting despite not finishing. The writing help clears my head and reminds me to keep making progress instead of letting the failure consume me. Plus, you keep me accountable and excited to show off process.

Thanks for reading!

~Kendall

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Weekly Goals & Neopets

Had a weird moment today. Got sidetracked and started looking for jobs at Neopets? I’m not even sure why I would want a job there. Honestly, I want to make over the site. For our senior capstone, we had to redesign a big brand along with a whole launch campaign. I created a whole project on Kennedy Space Center, but halfway through the semester realized Neopets would have been a great option. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen because I was already committed and couldn’t change it. Plus redesigning KSC was fun. I never did post that to my portfolio, maybe this week.

Speaking of this week I have three goals to achieve by Friday. I’m trying out the three-goal method, might have made up that name, but you set three goals for six months from now, three for the month, three during the week, and three a day. I have hope that it’ll help me be more productive, especially during the holiday season. Lack of sunlight has me acting like a sloth for most of the winter, so I can really use some goal pep talks.

This week’s goals are:

  1. Thumbnail & styleframes for that short animation I want to make.
  2. Actually, update my website. I’ve been sitting on several drafts for portfolio pages for weeks now. Just need to pick one and post.
  3. Pick the project idea I would enjoy working on for the Adobe Creative Residency and start working on it. I want some examples to put into the proposal.

I have other things to work on during the days, of course, these are just three overarching goals I am going to achieve. It’ll be great to see progress.

If you’ve tried this method let me know. I’m interested to see if it works for people and how it’ll change my productivity. My post on Startup Weekend goes up Monday. Follow my twitter to see a link when it does.

~Kendall