Every January I get out my notebook and write out my goals. I keep most of my notebooks and flipping back through them for years upon years, it was the same thing with some slight variation:
- lose weight
- get published
- improve work/life balance and take care of my family
Sooooo, let’s just take that as a given, right? Do I even need to write that down? Yes. yes I do. It’s reaffirming the direction I want to go. But it does not help me get there. A plan is much more useful. How do I lose weight? What do I need to do to get published? Setting out actions to take and scheduling to do them, daily, is the best way to get those goals.
This year I want to get out of that 3 goal rut. I’ve been charging along with my head down for a while. I need to create, learn and grow. I need to nurture my inner artist, taking the time to play and enjoy life.
What I want to do in 2012 (the year of the Dragon!) Brainstorm
- develop Jane’s Folly – blog at least weekly, if not more
- learn about Twitter
- revise a manuscript for publication and send it out
- read a lot of books about creativity, writing and motivation
- take “artist dates”
- take classes?
- go to conferences about writing, gaming and my profession
- make connections with friends and other creative people
- start drawing and painting again
- make a zine of my friend’s work?
- make family videos
- collaborate on a project
- find ways to be creative at work- kids crafts, programs, displays
- knit, sew and craft
This may seem overwhelming, or not enough. To me, it is both! The next step is time management. I’m a mom of 2 with a full time job. When will I do this stuff? I need to schedule it. Write in my calendar- or something else will take its place. I’m currently listening to the audiobook “Time Management From the Inside Out” by Julie Morgenstern, and I recommend it.
So, go ahead, make your list. What creative, nurturing things will you do this year that will help you grow as a person?