Yesterday I spent the day watching Lisa Congdon's Creative Live class Become a Working Artist. (Day 2 of the class is today if you'd like to join in.) I took tons of notes! One of the things she said yesterday is...
There is power in writing your goals down.
We spent one segment creating a vision map that listed out giant goals, goals for the next 1-5 years. Then we broke those down into intermediate goals (take weeks or months) and actionable tasks (can be done in a day or two.) I've set goals every month this year but for October I'll also be adding in some intermediate goals from that activity.
My goals for October are to...
- draw everyday. There's lots of fun drawing events going on in October. Check out 31 days of playful drawing, Inktober, and the Big Draw.
- read 8 books.
- walk everyday.
- finish my study of Mark Hearld.
- continue to build meaning/story/connection into my art.
- write every weekday. I'd like to have my draft ready for my first readers by the end of the month.
- manage time better by keeping better track of how I'm spending it.
- continue my presidents project by drawing 10 presidents this month.
- learn enough Illustrator so that I can make my drawings vector and digitally color them.
- set up an online shop for the pieces from my show last month.
I think that not only is there power in writing down your goals but there's also a lot of power in sharing them. Put them out into the world. You'll feel accountable. You'll inspire others. You'll find support. So go ahead, what do you want to accomplish in October?