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Small Steps to Consistent Goal Setting

Wanda The Brave, Let's reach our goals together!

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12 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:42
    • 2. How it Works

      4:32
    • 3. Getting Started

      8:32
    • 4. Consider Your Goals

      5:32
    • 5. Set the Date

      1:51
    • 6. Class Project

      1:23
    • 7. Tools You'll Need

      1:09
    • 8. Things to Consider When Making Layouts

      2:41
    • 9. Sit Down

      4:25
    • 10. Now What?

      1:54
    • 11. Be Kind To Yourself!

      2:05
    • 12. Conclusion

      1:22

About This Class

This class is all about goal setting, that is true, but my main goal is to make things a little more actionable and reasonable for you so you do not get overwhelmed learning this practice.  In this class, you will learn a weekly goal setting practice that will help you take small steps to gain (or regain) structure and presence over your week.  I'll walk you through every step of the way with openness, honesty, and kindness. I'll encourage you to think about what you really want to get out of this practice in a gentle way where you can be honest with yourself.

We'll talk through:

  • what goals are
  • considering your goals from week to week
  • which goals are worth putting on this weekly list 
  • setting aside time for these sessions and ways to have fun with it and hold yourself accountable
  • what tools you need and what to consider to use in your layouts 

From there, we'll sit down and goal set together. We'll reflect from week to week. Furthermore, we'll talk about how to take weekly actionable steps from this goal setting list. Lastly, we'll talk about treating yourself kindly throughout this process.

This class is important because it will gently move you into consistently working through your dreams. Additionally, the community that we build around this practice can act as a support system. Let's build each other up and accomplish our dreams!

My aim is to provide you with a framework that helps you get all of the things you've been dreaming about and wanting to do into actionable steps from week to week. I've designed the class so that students can support each other as a community, use it as a self-care practice on their own, or find a new way to connect with a partner or friend in regards to goal setting. I think it's a really useful way to look beyond the to-do list and get things done in a more mindful way.  After all, it's with the smallest steps forward that we truly make progress. So let's get started!

Transcripts

1. Introduction: Hi there. My name is Wanda. Welcome to my second skill share class. You may know me from my first class, where I talked about bullet journaling for productivity and self care. I'm so grateful that you've joined me for this class because I think this one is going to be really important, and it's really special to me to share this with you. This class is all about goal setting, as you can see from the title, but it's a little bit different. My main objective with this class is to make things more actionable and reasonable for you when you're setting your goals, so you do not get overwhelmed. By learning this practice, I'll walk you through every single step of the wave with openness, honesty and kindness. I really think that those three things air really important when it comes to gold setting. I'll encourage you to think about the things you really want to get out of this practice in a gentle way where you can be honest with yourself but still get things done. We'll talk through what goals are considering your goals from week to week to week, which goals are worth putting on your goal setting list and which ones should be avoided. From there, we'll talk about how to set aside time to get this done and hold yourself accountable with a weekly date and time. We'll talk about what tools you need and what to consider when putting your layouts down on paper. If you don't have time to write everything in your own notebook, I'll provide two or three different free principles for you to use. I really enjoyed making them, so I would really love to see them put two goodies. You'll be able to use these principles for the class project, which is to have a goal setting date. We'll sit down and go set together. I'll show you how to reflect from week to week and be able to look ahead while also looking back and staying present. We'll talk about how to take weekly actionable steps from the school setting list, and we'll talk about treating yourself kindly throughout this process because I really think that that is going Teoh help you keep up with it from week to week. This class is important because it will gently move you through consistently working towards your dreams. Additionally, the community that I hope to build around this practice can act as a support system. So let's build each other up and accomplish our dreams together. My main aim is to provide you with the framework that helps you get all the things you need done and that you've been dreaming about wanting to do and turned those things into small, actionable steps so that you do eventually get to those schools. After all, it's with the smallest step that we truly make progress, so let's get started. 2. How it Works: So how did I create this practice? How did we get started? How did how does it work? My husband and I fell into this practice entirely by chance last September. We've been dating for about six years at this point, and we definitely got uncomfortable. We fell into a huge pit of Netflix and chilling and felt rather stagnant. Where we were. We had stopped going on dates and experiencing new things. I for one new I felt stuck, so I decided to do something about it. I've been underemployed and out of school for about two years, so I knew I needed to add some structure back into our lives on the weekend when we would usually get brunch out our favorite local spot, where the waitress newest for so long at this point that she was bugging us on a weekly basis about when we were going to get married. Um, I decided to change things up a bit, so I asked Matt, my husband, out to coffee, and we decided to go get ourselves to fresh notebooks and some pence and go set for the week ahead. We had some chai tea lattes and really took the time to talk about what we were going to be doing that week together, end on our own for ourselves. I didn't really think too much of it. I didn't necessarily think it would work. But that week I got so many things done purely out of competitiveness and knowing that I had someone on the other end to hold me accountable. I put things on that first list that I had been thinking about doing for six months, and by the end of the week I saw that they were all done and I couldn't believe it. I remember asking Matt, how often would you mind if we did? This is once a week. Too much is that to anal. He laughed and said, Once a week would be totally fine and that's really where we've been since September. We haven't looked back since we missed one week over Christmas, but that's about it. We've kept up with the practice. This isn't to say that all the things that we put on the lists get done very often are tasks get moved from week to week to week, but something about being able to talk with each other about the things that were going to be doing helped tremendously, to feel like we were making serious progress every single week and seeing just how much we were able to get done in the 10 months, nine months that we've been working on this, I knew I had to share the practice with the world because I had seen how much it had helped us. So that's why we're here. Now that you know how we got started, let's talk about how this process actually works. I want to mention first off that you don't need a significant other or be in a relationship or have a life partner for this practice toe work. I personally have found that it helps to have someone there with you every single week to talk through what you're working on. It helps keep me accountable. But more than that, the conversations let come out of thes weekly goal setting sessions, build intimacy. I feel like I have someone who cares and sees me from week to week. He can ask me how much progress I've made, and I can do the same without judgment, so I just really feel like I need to say that I don't think you need to be romantically involved with someone. Toe have this work. If you have a friend or a loved one or a parent that could also benefit from this process, I encourage you to reach out to them. If you have someone that you want toe work on building up as well as building intimacy with , I do think it will help you be more consistent when you have another person to hope work through this with you that you can kind of be on the journey on together. The reward is greater than just crossing things off of your to do list. That's truly the cherry on top. If you don't have a person like that in your life that you feel that you can connect with currently, fear not. That's what you have me for as your teacher. I am here to support you through this. Additionally, my aim is for the community that builds itself around this class to support each other. So let's do that. If we can, it would ah really mean the world to me. If that was possible, 3. Getting Started: getting started. I think part of the reason this weekly practice works so well for us is it feels like a reward. I can't even stress this enough. We started off goal setting over coffees, but now we get brunch or sometimes just have oatmeal at home. Having that initial boost of some sort of experience as a reward helps tremendously in the beginning. So get ready to think about this. You'll be taking yourself out on a date, and you might be bringing someone with you. We'll talk more about that in the set. The date section of this class. Here's the basic premise of this practice. We set up shop, we go set and then we talk about it. So what? My layouts usually look like. I split the page into two parts. The left side for the week prior and the right side for the week ahead. On the left side, I have two sections. It says. What went well and blow that what could have gone better on the right side. I also have two sections. The first is goals for the week ahead, and the second is what things are most important. The second section is split into four main categories that I want to focus on for the week . I found this particularly useful with building new habits and reminding myself of where I am in the present moment, with each and every one of them. I fill in these sections and kind of an opposite order, and this might not necessarily work for you. So do you take a chance to think about it before you get started? I start with the right side, where I put in small, actionable goals that I want to get done this week. Hopefully, if you don't know yet what actionable goals are, don't worry. We'll talk about that in the next chapter of this class. Once I've done that, I consider my four main focus is things that have been in the section over the last few months include what's on the screen right now, but I'll also list a few. I tried toe. Explain each habit as simply as possible, so it will say things like moving, studying, eating, focusing, sleeping, working, job hunting, etcetera. You can write these however you want and include whatever you want. I personally usually focus on mindfulness, moving, eating well and getting enough sleep for me. Those four things. If they go well during the course of the week, I'll be golden. But sometimes they don't. So I like to check in with myself and see how I'm doing with, um, I guess in some ways those are the areas that I struggle with most underneath that main focus. I tried to write where I consider I currently stand with this habit. So I will write things like going well or needs work. And under that, I try to put two or three things I can do to feel better about where I'm at with that particular thing that I want to focus on. So if I have only been getting six hours of sleep for the last week, I will write Sleep needs work, try to go to bed before 11 p.m. And try to get more rest. Or I will say, Take a bath before bed because you know that that's going to relax you a little bit more. So that's kind of an example of how thes four main focus is usually go. Once I filled this right side of the page and just so you know this. The portion where it says goals for the week ahead is usually about half filled by this point, I go to the left side to reflect on the previous week, I filled this in a bit on my own, do a little bit of journaling and then add things that come out of the post goal setting session with my husband as well. The section what went well, you is usually where I write down the things that I am most grateful for and really feel that I kicked ass at this week. On the other hand, what could have gone better is the section where I try to be as honest with myself as I can about how things went and maybe where things didn't go so well. It's usually the place where I like to vent a little. So if there are any things that I'm kicking my ass over from the week prior, I list them. They're my hope is to be able to let them go once I voice them. Usually by the time I've gotten through this on my own, my husband is done with his goal setting as well. His page layout is a little bit different than mine, and we'll go through what that looks like in the layouts that works section. Regardless, we still try to talk about what went well for us that week, even if it's something like, we ate everything that we cooked and we didn't go out or we only ordered pizza once or even if it's something silly, like we got lots of cuddle time together and also with the cat. The things that didn't go so well usually have to do around getting maybe a little bit too stressed at work or not having enough time for each other. Or, you know, letting the spaghetti go bad in the fridge. Regardless, once we've reflected together. I tried to ask him what his goals are for the weak, and he'll reciprocate. This is personally my favorite part of the goal setting session because it gives me the chance to put a few of his goals on my list so that I know what's going on for the week ahead. But beyond that, for my own goals, that makes me feel like I have someone holding me accountable, and also I feel closer with my husband because we know what's happening in our lives. So, uh, I mean, life gets busy, right? So sometimes we can lose sight of what the people we love are working on, and that's just because we're focused on our own things and that's OK. Life gets in the way. Sometimes it's totally normal. But being able to set these goals on a weekly basis does help us bridge that gap and sometimes repair some of that that gets lost in the in the thick of life. So I think it helps us both feel more involved in each other's lives. And I do think that that is a vital part of this practice. It doesn't necessarily have to be a romantic partner again. Um, could be just a friend, a best friend, a mom, a grandmother, one of us in the community. It doesn't matter as long as you're connecting with another human about what your goals are . I do think that you are more likely to check them off your list at the end of the week. It for some reason it just helps. Once we're done goal setting. I don't look at my notebook until Monday morning, on Monday morning. That's when I pull out my Hoban itchy planner, which you probably saw in my previous scale share class. And that is where I take the goals on the goals for the week ahead section of my goal setting layout, and I try to put it in to my weekly spread as much as I can on specific days. If I think that that will hope some weeks, that doesn't hope, because I'll think I'll have time to do something on a Tuesday and then it gets moved to a Thursday. So sometimes it's good to write those in pencil. But something about not touching the goal setting practice for a few days field makes me feel like I can actually enjoy my weekend a little bit, and I'm not worrying about all the things I have to do. So I do think that the goal setting practice is also useful. Just for that, you have a plan, but you don't necessarily have to think about it so you can let it go and enjoy the weekend . That's the basic process of how this works. In the next section. We're going to talk about how to consider what goals to include in your weekly practice and which ones might be better left off. We'll go into depth about what goals really are and how to consider where you want to move forward in life in a way that's not overwhelming. And just big picture goals were talking about the small steps to. 4. Consider Your Goals: consider your goals before we dive into actually doing the goal setting. Let's talk about goals. What are they really? In my process of researching for this class? I actually found out that what I consider to be a goal some call an objective, a goal is typically a long term achievement and an objective are the specific achievements one takes to reach, said Gold. I personally like using the word goal for my weekly to do list because frankly, life can be overwhelming, and I do think that even the smallest task can be considered a big achievement. It's really true, in my opinion, that the smallest steps help us reach our biggest goals. So I don't like calling my little task a task. It's a goal, and being able to get it done means something it can't be for gotten. Those little steps still mean something. They fill up our lives and our days and you can't just call them a task. It just it downgrades. They're important. So that's why I call my task list a goals list. If you've researched goals before, you've probably heard of the smart method or the smart plan. It's worth mentioning here just to get us into the right mindset for gold setting. So let's talk about it a little bit. Smart is an acronym that stands for a way to set goals in a way that makes them more achievable. So s stands for specific M stands for Measurable. A is for actionable. Three is for responsible, and he is for time bound. Personally, I think my goal setting practice does use this framework. But in a really loose and relaxed kind of way, I try to be as specific, measurable, actionable and time bound within a one week time frame. And, of course, I know the person responsible for achieving these goals. It's me. Three goals that I put into My notebook may have a bigger outcome for example, moving my business forward or helping us prepare to move house again. But I try to only put the little steps for these big goals on my weekly goal list. I personally think that putting a long term goal onto your weekly goal list is a little bit too overwhelming. If you find yourself doing it, try to break down those big goals into the small steps that you can take that week and try not to think too far ahead and that we are going from week to week for a reason. We're thinking about small steps here, people. The main purpose of this practice is to be kind to yourself in a way that helps you stay consistent. And I really think that small steps over the big ones will help you stay consistent every single time. They're having a hard time figuring out what goals you want to set. I encourage you to set aside an hour. So to journal about what you want to accomplish in the next six months, if you can reflect on what you want to work on and write down everything that comes to mind , This doesn't have to be structured. It can be a stream of consciousness sort of journal entry. Whatever helps you get your ideas out on paper, try not to look too far into the future. You can focus even on just this month. If you would like, you can do this right now. If you want. Go ahead and pause the video. Set a timer for an hour and come back when you're ready. If it helps you to write your long term goals somewhere on this goal setting list so that you're aware of them from week to week, you can do what my husband does. He usually uses the top part of the paper or the margins of his weekly page to write down as long term goals. He says that it helps him no, what's ahead so that he can continuously break things down into smaller steps. So if that works for you, I do encourage you to, uh, settle side a little bit of space in your notebook. For this in a similar vein, if small to do's Like chores and Errands help you to get started thinking about your goals for the week, go ahead and list them. I do that all the time. Sometimes when house cleaning starts to get overwhelming, I list three things in my weekly practice. Clean the floors, vacuum clean the bathroom. Sometimes I don't I focus on personal goals or work ALS in the end. What you write in that goals for the week ahead, part of your goal setting layout is up to you. My main point in all of this is to get you thinking about what things you personally really want to accomplish. It doesn't necessarily have to be things that you feel responsible for either. Let yourself dream a little. If you've been meaning to start practicing guitar again, go ahead and include that. Even if it's something you can just set aside for 15 minutes for in the whole week, that still counts. We're trying to make small steps here to get to the better. You so start small if you can. Next, let's talk about setting the date and setting aside time to work on goal setting from week to week. 5. Set the Date: set the date. I know that setting aside time to do goal setting on a weekly basis can sound daunting. Personally, what made it most exciting for me was to make it fun. Goal setting might seem scary and overwhelming, but I found that when you begin to consider it more like self care and as a way to treat yourself, it becomes a little easier to do so. Here's what I want you Did you take yourself out on a date? If you have a friend or loved one that you think could benefit from this process with you, use it as an opportunity to connect with them and meet up. Make it fun. Do you have a new brunch place that you've been dying to try out? Is the weather great outside and you have a park nearby? When's the last time you went to the library? Find a quiet activity that you haven't done in a while. Coffee, ice cream boba someplace you can sit with yourself for with a friend to do this. If you can make it something you'll look forward to, set the time. Set the date. Hold yourself accountable at the same time, And this does need to be said if you miss the day that you set for yourself, that you were hoping to do this goal setting practice. Don't worry, I get it. I'm an introvert, and sometimes I don't want to leave my house at all. Not even for the most delicious gelato in the world. If you're having one of those weeks right now, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and sit down at your toe table. You can do this from the comfort of your own home with your cat and your favorite cup of tea if you want to. I found that it's more fun with a friend, though, but now that you've set the date, let's get your supplies together. 6. Class Project: If you haven't guessed yet, Our class project is to have your first weekly goal setting session. You've set the date, so I implore you to take yourself out on the day that you've promised with a loved one, if you can, and get ready for the goal setting. If you don't currently have time to set up a page in your notebook for your goal setting session, I've provided two or three. I say this vaguely because I'm not sure how Maney I'm going to upload just yet. Um, principles that you can use exactly for this purpose. I'll talk about them in the next section, but feel free to use them. Print them out. Uh, copy them. You can even pull them into a digital program. If you'd prefer to do this goal setting practice digitally, it's up to you. It's for you. So enjoy it. If you want to share your class project with us, make sure to go to the class project section or if you want to share it on social media, use the hashtag brave goals because it's really cool. I can't wait to see what your goals are from week to week and Of course. Don't forget that you can always ask questions if you need more info about what to include in your class project. But I'm here to support you. So don't worry about messaging me. I absolutely love talking to you guys. 7. Tools You'll Need: tools you'll need and layouts that work were almost to the goal setting stage. I know, I know there's a lot of talking, but hopefully you're getting excited. I know I am. I'm so excited to hear about all of your goals that you're gonna set this week. We'll talk about it really quickly. So for this practice, you really only need two things. A piece of paper and a pen. But if you want to set aside a notebook, if you happen to have a free one lying around, um, waiting for some sort of usage, I have found that it's pretty cool to be able to look back on your goals and see the progress that you've made over the course of all of the month. So you can do that if you want again. You can also use the principles that I have provide. They're going to be in the resource is section um, so feel free to use those as well. Here's what some of them look like. Feel free to use them to get started 8. Things to Consider When Making Layouts: Let's talk briefly about what kind of layout to use for your goal setting page. Obviously, the printable XYZ that I provider based off of things that I have used that have worked best for me over the course of the last nine months. Before you get into what my layout looks like, though, I want you to consider a few of the following questions so you can perhaps create your own layout that might work better for you. Sit with me for a moment and be present. Question number one is this. What do you want to get out of the school setting practice? I structured this class with the hope in mind that my students will gain clarity on their dreams and be able to come up with a week to week actionable goals to help themselves get there. I want to build a community that supports each others goals, and that's my biggest dream. But why do you want to start goal setting? What feelings come up around working on this? It's important to take note of this. If you don't know why you're doing something, it can be really hard to stay consistent. So are you currently in a cycle of looking for a quick fix to get you productive. Are you stuck in a constant cycle of feeling busy? Have you been hoping to accomplish more by now and our guilting yourself into doing this? Are you afraid of failure? I know these air really difficult questions to answer, but I do want you to think about them for a few minutes. If you don't know why you're diving into this practice, it will most likely not work for you in the long term. I want you to know right now, the while I may be teaching this class, I'm not perfect either. All of the situations that I mentioned a moment ago, I've been in myself. I've spent quite a few years in that cycle of feeling too busy or too afraid to even start . And I still have days like that. And that's totally okay. You might, too. If you're able to be present in this exact moment and figure out why you want to do this school setting practice, it will be easier to push forward. You'll be able to remember why you started. So do you think about it for a little bit. I don't want any of you to feel like you're guilting yourself into working on this or avoiding the things that you want to do by finding another way to list all the things that you have to do. If you already have multiple to do lists, stick with your system. I'm not trying to give you more work. I'm just trying to get you to think about it in a slightly different way. So now that we've talked through some of the hangups, you might have around goal setting, hopefully you at least know why you want to start this practice and we can get started. 9. Sit Down: all right, you'll it's time to sit down and do it. Now we're getting to the fun part. If you're not leaving your house to do this practice, go ahead and get yourself a treat. But if you are, I hope you're taking yourself out on a coffee day or getting ice cream or hanging out with a friend. Kash. Now I'm just realizing how hungry I am As I film this, you can fill out the principles that I've provided, or you can work on your own layout. Once you've gone through the process, talk with your friend about it. If you don't have someone to talk through your weekly goals, you can post a message in the community tab of this class and I will respond. I also encourage any other students that air currently working in this class to talk with each other if you want. Let's work on these goals together. That's I think, the main thing that's going to get us moving through with progress and moving forward. My biggest dream is to have a supportive group of friends to come out of this practice, not just for myself, but for all of you as well. Also feel free to share your goals with me on social media with the hashtag brave goals. As you're working on this goal setting layout, feel free to go in any order that you would like. Whether you already have tasks that you're thinking of. List those there if you want to focus on how your previous week went with the what went well and what could have gone Better section do that if you want to do that first. Once you reach the four main focus is or what's most important section, try to pick four things that you want to work on for the week. So for me, I'm going to write that I want to draw more this week. I would like to get more sleep. I would like to keep moving because I've been doing pretty good on the exercising. If I do say so myself and I would like to cut down sugar a little bit because we bought caramels and their half got so that's going to be my my four. Main focus is for this week, but feel free to list anything that speaks out to you in this particular moment that you want to focus on when you think about. Remember that when you think about what to put on the goals for the week ahead section. If you're thinking about big things that you want to get done, try to think of one or two things that you can do this week to move you forward closer to that big goal. 10. Now What?: So now what? You've set your goals. You have them in front of you. What steps can you actually take to make these things happen? Something that helps me is ignoring the list for a day or two. Now that I know what I have to do, I have a plan and I can enjoy a few hours or a few days of relaxation. I find this incredibly comforting. So when Monday rolls around, when Monday morning rolls around, I pulled the list back out next to my planner. And if I can, if the tasks don't feel too overwhelming and which they sometimes can, I try to assign specific days in my planner to do the things on my list. You can do this, too, with a calendar, a digital calendar, reminders, whatever works for you. I'm low old fashioned, so I tend to do things on paper. But whatever works for you, you should stick with. You can even put one goal on a post it note and put it somewhere that you'll see it often like the bathroom mirror or the fridge. And then as soon as you get it done, you can rip it up. I find that very satisfying. But whatever were expressed for you to move forward with your goals, whether you're putting it into a planner or making posting it on your fridge or selecting a few to put on a post it note that you can rip up later, it's up to you. Do your thing, do that thing that works for you. You do. You boop know this. Working through this practice and making the goal setting list doesn't always mean that you'll get everything done, but that's OK In the next section, we'll talk about how to be kind to yourself throughout this process, especially if you find that you are moving multiple goals continually from one list to the next from week to week. 11. Be Kind To Yourself!: be kind to yourself. As I said at the end of the previous video, this practice is not foolproof. Sometimes goals get moved from week to week to week to the other to the other. It's happened to me many times, especially when things air particularly stressful. I want you to know that that's totally okay. I really, truly want you to know that I believe that really consistency. The ability to stick to habits from week to week comes from being present from being aware and kind to yourself through each day. It's okay if you miss some time. I believe that the best habits are formed from a place of kindness. You're more likely to pick things back up If you know you won't get on your own nerves about it. Try not to be too harsh on yourself. If this doesn't go well the first time, I apologize. If the quality of this video has suddenly dropped significantly, I, uh, I only have one battery for my camera, and unfortunately it died. It's also completely okay. If you find after working through this practice that it doesn't work for you, it'll figuring out what works for you is a journey in the end, and this is just one step closer to your solution. I wanted to share what we have discovered because it really worked for me. It has helped my husband and I accomplish more things in our day to day life or week to week life, and it's helped us be more present with each other. That's where worked for us. But you might even find that doing this every single week is a little bit too much for you . And that's totally okay. Whatever you decide. And wherever you may go, I hope youll be kind to yourself. Let yourself make mistakes and try new things. This life is a journey in the end, and taking steps forward is the best way to make progress in your journey. So keep going 12. Conclusion: So that's it. I really hope that you find something useful from this class in one way or another. If you complete the class project, please remember to share it with me and your classmates, either from the community tab or on social media with the hashtag brave goals because I think it's the best. Hashtag we're here to support each other in the end. So please let me know if there's anything at all that you would recommend that I change about this class or that I should add or maybe even go into detail, more detail about in another class. So I'm constantly learning. I want you to know that. And I'm trying to make the content that I put up better and better and more useful for you . So I look forward to seeing your recommendations. But most of all, I'm incredibly grateful to all of you for checking this class out. It means the world to me that this practice could help even just one more person. Um, it means to me more that you more than you know. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Wherever you are. I hope that you have a fantastic day and I look forward to seeing you in the community boards or in my next class. Thanks so much for watching by.