Today, I just finished writing a one-year time capsule blog post breaking down my goals and aspirations for the next year. The idea is to see just how committed I am today versus what I end up with after 365 days.
In fact, it gave me a few ideas for similar types of content for both the blog and YouTube channels.
Why Set Up a Time Capsule Blog Post in the First Place?
There’s no doubt that I have a lot on my plate. I have a lot of goals and aspirations I would love to achieve this year. And many of them are working out quite well.
However, I think it would be interesting to see what happens.
Setting Up a Plan of Action for the Next Year
First of all, setting up the blog post this morning gave me a lot to think about for the next 365 days. Realistically, I should be able to achieve all of the goals that I set in that post.
Mostly because they center around time management.
For example, maintaining the publishing schedule that I have set in Asana should help me surpass every point I made in that post. Instead of slipping by with one blog post per month on ColoradoPlays.com, it should be closer to four.
The silly thing is that I am perfectly capable of meeting all of the goals I set…if I just followed through with my weekly schedule.
I’m getting better overall. But there I times I get easily sidetracked with random tasks that could easily wait until I’m done for the day.
Helps Put Things Into Perspective
After reading through the time capsule post, I realized just how much I am trying to maintain. There is just no way I can add another major task to my weekly routine.
At least not without giving something up. I even made a note to myself in a year about not building any more blogs until I can hire someone to write for the ones I already have.
In reality, though, hammering out each thing I am working on in that post puts things into perspective and my lack of commitment. Well, that’s probably not the best way to put it.
Perhaps my lack of time management skills? Because I still put in a lot of time per day on my projects. Unfortunately, a lot of what I get sidetracked with has nothing to do with productivity.
That’s something that I am really pushing for this year. It’s even one of my end-of-year goals, to be honest. In my spreadsheet, I am keeping track of time to ensure I am more productive this year than last.
So far, I’m beating that record in spades.
I Found the Time Capsule Post to be Quite Motivating
Looking over the data while writing the time capsule post inspired me to do more. It was quite motivating to stick with the plans I have set and see all of my projects through to the end.
For example, all I want to do right now is write more blog posts and work on Kingmaker. Though, I really should take a break soon. I’ve been going non-stop for the past three and a half hours.
In any event, writing down what I want to do and how to go about it was quite uplifting for me. It made me realize that a lot of my goals for the next year are very achievable if I put in just a bit more effort.
I’m not nearly as behind as I think I am, for the most part.
Sure, I might not publish three books this year as I wanted back in December. However, I found it far more gratifying to take my time to work on a good book. I don’t want to rush something just to meet a self-imposed, unrealistic deadline.
And, I Find it Kind of Fun
I loved the overall idea of a time capsule back when I was in second grade. We created one out of a can, though, I can’t remember at all where I buried mine.
Seriously, that was nearly 40 years ago.
At any rate, putting together something to relish over after a considerable amount of time is kind of fun for me. I know, one year really isn’t all that spectacular. It was still fun to come up with ideas of where I want to be in 2023, though.
The best part is that it’s on the blog. This means that I don’t have to worry about where I buried it in my backyard.
Going Behind the Time Capsule Post
This whole project today gave me several ideas for other types of time capsules. I would love to see the difference between myself today and who I’ll become in five or 10 years.
I’m even setting up plans to make video content for the channels for those stretches of time. Then, I’ll do a reaction follow-up.
What got me thinking about this, aside from Alanah Pearce doing one on her channel, is the fact that 10 years ago, I was just starting out as a freelance writer on Textbroker.
I had no idea that I would be where I am today. In April of 2012, I was working at the school district while making a bit of money on the side writing for clients. At that point, my only concern was to replace my $8/hour paycheck.
And I did…in spades.
But back then, I didn’t think I would have a book published, work with an amazing company, have blogs and YouTube channels going, or have a mortgage payment for a house that I thoroughly love.
It’s amazing what can happen within a decade. And you usually go places and do things you would never have dreamt of doing.
I Guess We’ll See How Well I Did in 365 Days!
Although I’ll have a good idea of what is in the one-year time capsule post in April of 2023, it’s the long-term content I’m more interested in setting up. I won’t go into as much detail about stats as I did with the one this morning, though.
I just think it would be interesting to see how much I change in the span of a decade.
Perhaps I’ll make a video for each YouTube channel? I don’t know. But just setting them up is kind of fun and I look forward to when they publish…a moment frozen in time.