Yesterday, thanks to my friend Alyssa, I got the opportunity to get my MBTI type interpreted for free. The results aligned with the many free online quizzes I had taken (INFP), though I was almost itching to be surprised by official results.
As the interpreter (also an INFP!) walked us through our results, I saw clear indicators of personality traits that perfectly explained my current struggle of finding difficulty in being motivated & staying on track with goals.
Intuition: Get overly excited about each new fad; focus only on what can be dreamed up
Perceiving: See goals as moving targets; stay open to new information and change plans accordingly; like to work on multiple challenges simultaneously
I’ve been reading a lot on how real progress is only made through setting systems and showing up. One needs to master skills one at a time instead of jumping around, dabbling in multiple interests. I believe this and know this to be true. We’ve all heard Malcolm Gladwell’s principle of 10,000 hours - and of course, with that much time invested, how could you not become good at what you do?
Still, I’ve found it difficult to pare down and focus, what with multiple interests that have grabbed my eye. Below is a brief progress status of each.
Guitar: Started last year, learned basic chords to hastily strum along to some pop songs. Begin half-hour lessons in July and improve fingering, bar chords, hammer-ons and pull-offs. Still have a long way to progress, do not practice consistently enough - maybe an hour total each week.
Design: Have experience in Photoshop and inDesign since high school, but as a coworker once said, knowing the tools doesn’t mean knowing design. Consistently read various articles on interaction/UX design as well as typography. Have the desire to learn Illustrator/Sketch to make vector illustrations. Want to incorporate design knowledge into web development, but still need to learn basics such as color theory and proportions. Do not practice, only read.
Calligraphy: Did Molly Jacques’ Skillshare class in September. Still practicing letterforms. Work does not look bad to the untrained eye but is very uneven and inconsistent. Do not practice enough - maybe two or three times total for an hour.
Blogging: Have blogged in various places (Blogger, Livejournal, Tumblr) for many years, but rarely for the public eye. Write one Medium article so far for specifically sharing with the public. Start this blog to hold myself accountable with goals.
I thrive off of meeting tough external deadlines (and feeling very stressed in the process). This is why I’ve been leaning toward intensive courses taught by mentors for web development (and for guitar, since self-teaching wasn’t going properly). While I’m still simmering on the decision, I decided to utilize this blog to hold myself accountable for progress. These words, will show what I have promised to accomplish and what I have not.
Goals by 10/12:
HTML/CSS: Complete Treehouse modules How to Make a Website, HTML Forms, HTML Tables, and CSS Foundations. Make sure each portion is fully understood before moving on - especially the box model. (Spend 15 hours total)
Guitar: Master Tears in Heaven to be able to play at regular speed. (Practice >30 minutes each day)
All other hobbies will be on the sideline for now. Pare down and focus!