Do you ever feel like you get halfway through the day and suddenly you don't know what you're suppose to be doing? You might get overwhelmed and feel like you have too many things to do, but this may just be a lack of focus and specific goal-setting.
I've come to realize just how important it is to set my intentions with my work, whether it be for my day, week, month or year, I need clarity and vision so that I don't get distracted by other options.
Goals also help you keep track of how far you're coming, and breaking them down into smaller steps makes it easier to predict when you will achieve your goals.
GOAL SETTING 101
Remember those fun little charts you made when you were young that looked like a spider web? Well, time to bring back old memories. Start by taking a piece of paper (I find this helps to physically write it on paper instead of digitally), write your name in the middle with a big circle around it. Then write your top career goals, don't be shy here, shoot for the moon! Here are mine as an example:
1. Thrive on multiple sources of income so I am financially free
2. Get regular illustration jobs from my agency
3. Illustrate a children's book
4. Mentor and coach upcoming and aspiring artists
5. Have lots of time for personal work and exploration
6. Have a high-traffic, high-income online shop where I sell prints and paintings
Once you've written out your goals scattered on the sheet, circle them then trace a line back to your name. Pin this up by your desk or somewhere you can see it everyday.
Write out your values. This is an important step, because it will help you stay focused on accepting work that aligns with your goals, while avoiding distractions or work that will not benefit you in the long term. Here are my values:
1. my work should make people smile
2. I deserve to be paid well for my work
3. People who are buying my work should cherish it for years
4. Aspiring artists and entrepreneurs should look up to me as a source of guidance, inspiration and motivation
5. When I do commercial work, it should be for companies who have a positive impact and whose views I feel aligned with.
6. I deserve to be financially free to explore, create and share.
7. I always try to work in ways that avoid unnecessary garbage and waste.
Pin this list near your workspace so you can use it as a guide when making decisions throughout your day.
Write your Intermediate Goals.
Intermediate Goals are steps that can be taken to achieve your goals in step one. They should be goals that you can accomplish over the course of a week to a month. Here are mine:
1. Create original work that I can sell as originals.
2. Have a beautiful portfolio set up on my agents' website that aligns with the types of projects that I want to do.
3. Write blog posts (hello!) that are useful for aspiring artists and entrepreneurs.
4. Take 1 hour a day for personal exploration - no limits here.
5. Create ads for my art prints and website.
6. Make a list of income sources to target in the future.
Once you have your Intermediate Goals, you can break these down into small actionable tasks. These should be tasks that you can complete in a matter of one day or a few hours. Here are mine:
1. Make a folder of inspiration for portfolio pieces and take one hour a day to draw them.
2. Write one blog post every two days (hello!) and make a list of topics to cover.
3. Create and upload new work to my website every week.
4. Break down what I need to do to target one of my income sources, then spend one hour a day working towards it.
Once you have your goals written out to small actionable tasks, they seem less daunting and easier to achieve. You will be more motivated to complete your small tasks week to week, bringing you a little bit closer to your goals every time.
I hope this post was helpful for you! Share below some of your goals :)