Planning for The New Year
Several years back it used to take me many weeks to plan for the upcoming year. The result of that process was very detailed goals.
I did have a very successful year that year, but I feel I over planned and it detracted from my creative time.
Now days I got with a much simpler process. I spend about 2 hours setting up my new goals and writing out a brief outline of the new projects I want to accomplish over the course of the year.
I then get back to making art and teaching my workshops.
Planning is no longer a big disruptive event.
Reusing Goals – They’re Systems!
How? I leverage the work I did that crazy year of over planning. That year I separated into 2 different categories: habits/systems and new projects. I also created a spreadsheet to track my progress with my goals. I put a lot of work into making sense of what I wanted from my art career.
Okay – I didn’t over plan that year. I retract that statement.
I put in the time to create a system of goals that can be reused year after year, which makes my planning much simpler now.
Systems / Habits vs New Projects
What are habits and systems? I think of art business habits and systems like washing dishes or doing laundry. Only a lot more fun.
Essentially these are things that you do and then you have to do them all over again some time later. The project doesn’t end because these are things to be done over and over and over again.
Like blogging, writing a studio newsletter and staying in touch with collectors.
New projects are things like specific art exhibits or creating new workshops to teach. These goals have an end date. The exhibit is over, the book is written, the class is created (and now there is a new system to teach it year after year).
Maintaining and Growing
I’ve found that dividing my goals into these two different categories has made my art business a snap to stay on top of.
Every week I look at my list of systems and make sure I’m staying on top of the recurring tasks. I also select small chunks from the big projects and work on them.
In this way I am both maintaining and growing my career.
- The goals that resulted from my year of much planning. (follow the links at the top of that post)
- The goals the following year. Much simpler!
- My Goal Tracking Spreadsheet
Think big and plan for a fabulous year. Have you set your goals for the coming year? What tips do you have?
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