October 2021 Goals

It’s time to establish my October 2021 goals. The easiest way to do this is to look at how I did in September. I’m going to continue anything incomplete and build on the foundation of my successes.

Director’s Cut Books

The new goal is to have them off to the printer by the 15th. I would like to have proofs back from the printer by the end of the month, but that’s likely a stretch. The pandemic is still creating delays, and many publishers are doing print runs in anticipation of Christmas. I wanted the first phase completed in September, but for purposes of long-term planning ended up having to reformat everything from A5 (bullet journal) to 6×9 (digest) format. I’m prioritizing doing it right over doing it fast.

First Merch Drop

My original goal was to have at least a t-shirt available by the end of September. I’m picky, though. Again, doing it right is more important than doing it fast. Merch is a new aspect of the business, and I want to start with a strong foundation. As new territory for DXP, I’m up against a learning curve, but that’s okay. The new goal is two shirts available ASAP.

No New Goals

I have pages and pages filled with things I want to accomplish. For the moment, I think it’s best to finish chewing what I’ve already bitten off. At the mid-month review, I might revisit this. Depending on how the Director’s Cut and initial merch drop go, I may add something. For now, I’m not putting myself under any additional pressure.

Risks and Challenges

Heeding my advice, I’m working this into the monthly goal process. What I learned in September is that I still have not fully recovered from a drastic life change back in June. At the start of the summer, I was still in Finland, living under different circumstances. While my work remains the same, and I’ve essentially recreated my workspace (I bought the same desk, the same lamp, and a nearly identical chair), everything else is new. I have not settled in here yet, and I have only begun to process the change emotionally. It has affected the work and slowed things down.

Acknowledging that is the first step toward resolution, but this is going to be a process. One perk of being self-employed is that I define what work/life balance means to me. Instead of pushing harder when I feel like I’m falling behind, I need to take a moment and deal with things in healthy and productive ways.

I hope you’re doing well today.

Berin Kinsman
Man in the Arena
Dancing Lights Press