I recently posed this question on my Facebook page:
I'm interested in hearing how you set goals and stay on top of them. Anyone care to share?
The responses I received varied, but most of them were more about projects and tasks then about goals. Since it's the time of year to work on goals, I thought a review might be helpful.
Here's how I think about this.
Your vision is just that. It's how you see your future. More to the point, it's what you want for your future.
Your vision includes your art, your career and your personal life. It's a broad description of how you want to live this life you were given.
Example: I live a comfortably life filled with making art every day, connected to spirit, and am able to save effortlessly for retirement.
Your goals are specific, but big-picture, things you want to achieve in the future. They usually have a deadline at least a month in the future, and more likely 3-6 months, a year, or even 5 years down the road.
Example: I will exhibit my art at City Art Center by the fall of 2014.
We all have various projects we're working on simultaneously — projects that are compartmentalized. These projects contribute to the completion of our goals and fulfillment of our vision.
Each project has its own tasks that must be completed to ensure a successful project.
For the example above, the project for the goal would be: City Art Center Exhibit. I have a whole post featuring examples of projects coming right up.
The tasks, as I said, are the steps that must be taken for each project. Look at your task list right now. Can you associate a project with each one?
Continuing with our example, the tasks for the project “City Art Center Exhibit” might include:
- Create an exhibit timeline.
- Finish 1 new work a month.
- Attend all openings and events at City Art Center.
- Become a member of City Art Center.
- Develop a marketing plan for exhibit.
Coming up tomorrow: I'll give you examples of projects.
Wednesday: I'll show you how to get a grip on your projects.
So, how do you set goals and hold yourself accountable?
If you don't set goals, why not?
What is your philosophy on goal-setting?