Are you a creative person? Do you have a difficult time achieving your goals?
I am a perpetual daydreamer with a million ideas and a hard time executing any of them to fulfillment. I work in bursts of intense devotion, losing myself in a new project – only to get bored when I find a new passion. Good intentions pile on at the beginning of the calendar year. The sad truth is that I don’t even remember what my new year’s resolutions were last year.
This year, I am doing something different.
How to Achieve Goals (for creative people)
Instead of focusing on lofty resolutions with intangible goals attached to them, I created a list of weekly tasks to complete each week for three months. At the end of the three months, I will reevaluate and see if I want to continue on my current tasks, add new tasks, or delete boring tasks.
By focusing on three months instead of a huge year, I feel a little less overwhelmed and a lot less constrained. If I get tired of one of my weekly tasks, I know that there is an end in sight – not too far away. Still, three months is a sizable enough amount of time that I am likely to make good progress on anything that I work at consistently. Check out my process for creating the weekly list. It might be just what you need to reach YOUR goals.
I made a list.
My biggest problem is that I have way too many ideas and projects to possibly juggle. I can’t do everything, and my constant stream of new ideas distracts me from my current goals. At the beginning of January, I sat down and made a list of all the things I would like to work on. These ranged from book ideas and new websites to personal hobbies and freelancing opportunities. The truth is that I want to work on all of them, but for now I need to narrow my focus.
I made a choice.
I chose which items I wanted to focus on for the next three months. For now, I want to focus on keeping our room clean (yes, room… we live with my mom right now while we save for a mortgage), building the blog and social media, making money online, learning the guitar, and keeping on top of our finances. I also made a secondary list of items that would be fun to work on if I have spare time but are not priorities. These include working with small businesses to design websites, focusing on a new website idea I have, writing a marriage help book, and doing some creative writing.
I made another list.
I made a list of 10 things I MUST DO EVERY WEEK for the next three months. Remember how I said that consistency is my downfall and I pretty much suck at follow through? Well, I decided that having weekly tasks would be better than trying to reach some lofty resolution with an intangible goal. I know that there will be weeks when I do the absolute bare minimum in order to check these items off of my list, BUT I hope that having them front and center in my mind on a weekly basis will help me be more consistent in my execution. I also chose two social media networks to focus on. I used Buffer to place my other social media networks on autopilot while I devote some time (everyday ideally) to Pinterest and Instagram. My weekly to-do list is:
Yes, I know that some of these are easy to cross off. Network is vague on purpose. Some weeks I will spend a lot of time focusing on networking, and others I will probably only send one email. The point is that if I do everything on this list every single week, I will be moving forward. And that’s all a girl can ask, right? Plus, I know that I will go beyond the minimum on some tasks every week depending on what sounds fun at the moment. I need to build breathing room into my goals or my creative spirit will suffocate and rebel.
What tools and tips do you have for keeping on track with your goals? Share in the comments.
And don’t forget to check out the Elite Blogging link-up for this week. The topic is Blog Goals for 2015. As you can see, my primary blog goal is just to be consistent in my posting, networking, and social media growth.
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