Happy New Year everyday!
It's that time of the year again. The time to look back and reflect on what happened and what has been accomplished. I wrote something similar last year as well.
I was counting the number of book reviews and videos I've made in 2018 and found out that I wasn't as productive as last year. I still did a lot of work but it was not as crazy as 2017. I made 220 videos in 2018 compared to the incredible 316 videos from 2017. There are now 1,016 videos on my Youtube channel currently.
If you're an artist or a content creator, don't be too caught up by the numbers. Sometimes they mean something, sometimes they don't. What you should takeaway from what I've written is, it's important to be consistent regardless of how much work you're putting out. When you get into the habit of producing work, it's becomes easily to produce work.
The biggest thing for me in 2018 is the birth of my baby girl Tiffany.
She is so cute! I can't get enough of her.
So now my time is split between blogging, making Youtube videos, my job, and taking care of Tiffany. Thankfully my parent in laws are helping out with caring for her so that frees up significant portion of my time. But when you have a kid, you'll want to be with your kid all the time. It feels good even if it's just watching your kid sleep.
Making online courses
I've also put out a new online drawing course called Perspective Drawing for Beginners. It certainly was not easy making that course. Most of the difficulty comes from overcoming the procrastination to do the actual recording. It's strange to have to deal with procrastination because I don't have any problems with making Youtube videos. But when it comes to recording tutorials for the online courses, I procrastinate.
I've plans for more online courses in 2019. Nothing concrete so far but I'm thinking of making courses on travel sketching and Procreate. Those are the two courses that I really feel like making.
New Year resolutions
I actually don't believe in New Year resolutions. I used to make resolutions but I don't stick to them. If you have New Year resolutions but don't stick to them, then there's no point to making them.
Anyway, developing a positive and productive habit is more useful than setting goals. When you write down your goals, you have a target. When you develop a habit, you're actively doing something. That's the difference.
If you really want to know my New Year resolutions, well, it's to create content. Yeah, it's that boring.
Another thing I want to do in 2019 is to read more books. Not art books. Self help books. I love those books. These are some books on my list:
- Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals
- The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity
- Primalbranding: Create Zealots for Your Brand, Your Company, and Your Future
- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
I'm already strapped for time so the only time I can read would be on the public train while I'm commuting to work. Hopefully I can develop the habit of reading. I shall start with the habit book first.
Onwards to 2019!