General Personal Development

Goals for September

I had made up a plan for the next year or so that gets more vague and indefinite as the year goes on. It makes sense to me to do it this way since I have no idea what things will be like in a year, but I can have some very specific goals for the end of a year, such as having at least one game published and selling on my website. I had some very specific goals in August, but they didn’t all pan out. I will have to update my plans, but I’m not dejected. On the contrary, I am very pleased with my progress, even if it was slower than I wanted. I overestimated the amount of time I would have to dedicate to certain tasks, and now I have more experience when it comes to making plans.

One thing I wanted to do was make an actual website for GBGames. Currently, the main page is very sparse. I don’t actually have any games to put up yet, but I figure it would be nice to have something better than a text file with hyperlinks. I’d just prefer for it not to look so unprofessional and amateur.

Another thing I want to do is finish Oracle’s Eye, but judging from my progress over last month, I wonder if it would be too optimistic to think I can have it completed in a second month. I have to schedule certain days as development days and not deviate from it. Certain days of the week are already taken up by meetings, and some meetups are already scheduled for this month, such as the Chicago Indie Game Developer Club Meeting being held on Tuesday, September 27th, at 7PM at Dave & Buster’s. I’m also attending the Grand Rapids Schmooze on the 15th, 16th, and 17th, and since I don’t have a laptop, those days are definitely not programming days. I can, however, doodle, write up designs, and otherwise do things that require only pen and paper.

I’d also like to incorporate by the end of the month, which I don’t think is too ambitious at all. I’ve been looking into it, and at a recent seminar an entrepreneur I met suggested that I should meet with the SBA to ask for all the information I need since they give it out freely. My university has an entrepreneurship center that can help point me in the right direction for the resources I need. There are even places to go to get free legal advice.

There are other things I would like to do for the month, but the point is that I need to get a plan on paper so that I am not wasting cycles trying to figure out what to do next or what has to be pushed off to next month. By the end of the first week of September I hope to have the month’s goals specified and fleshed out. Set some goals, make a plan to achieve those goals, and then execute the plan.