I was talking to my 18 year-old brother about developing an app (you know, just normal brother talk). When I was walking out of his room, I saw the Instagram image above taped to his wall. I asked, “What’s with 2:00?” And after a few attempts to avoid answering my question, he eventually told me that is when he writes. I think he was a little embarrassed to admit that he writes, and I wonder why. Being a teacher, this absolutely made my day.
Of course, I had to probe deeper into this “2:00 thing,” which could be the real reason he was hesitant on revealing what it was. Eventually, he told me he had been writing a fantasy inspired by the video games (WOW and League of Legends) plays and the books he reads.
We all need our 2:00 goals. I sometimes have too many. If you knew me on a personal level, you would know that I like to pose fabulous “I would like tos.” For instance, I would like to own my own a Coffee Truck, start-up an EdTech company, write a children’s book, make animated short films, rebuild my dad’s old motorcycle, write for comedies, and so on. My problem is that I like to talk about these ideas more than act on them.
My latest 2:00 goal is to develop an educational game app for iOS. I was thinking about using the MakeGamesWith.Us platform to get started, and then figure out how doable my idea is. I tried a few things with Tree House when I had a free account, but I didn’t force myself to sit down and learn.
Frequently, I hear the phrase, “I don’t have time.” But, it’s a matter of making time. Clearing out all of the unimportant and trivial tasks that fill our days is a must. Make time! Then, to ensure your goals are being met, go public with these goals and make sure people know what you are attempting to complete. As I gear up to take a stab at app development, I will try to post reflections occasionally. I don’t know if what I make will be educational at first, but I need to just try. And if it is too difficult, I can maybe just hire and/or partner with an app developer, like the following cartoon suggests.
With New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, people will be writing or talking about how to achieve these goals for 2014. But regardless of the New Year Resolution bandwagon, making time for your goals is more important than making wild “I’d like to…” statements.
My 2:00 is about taking action. I need to start completing or at least making progress toward my goals. I’m just sick of my I’d-like-to statements.
What is your 2:00?