Goals to Make, Intentions to Keep
As promised, I’m delivering a post chock full of my goals and intentions for Art At Dawn in the coming year.
Writing about it is the easy part. The hard part was analyzing this last year and creating goals based on the preconceived notions of where I want to be in a year’s time. I found three tools that aided in the process- A Year End Review from Alyson Stanfield’s Art Biz Blog , another from the website, Handmadeology, and a 2014 Goals and Intentions Toolkit from Jessica Swift.
The first two resources included questions to ponder the past year. Here is a sample of some of the questions asked and how I answered them:
What went well? Established my business, Art At Dawn, and began to carve out a niche for myself. (A very small one, but a niche it is!)
What did you learn? How to move forward and take leaps, both big and small. How to make decisions – declare “This is what I want to do”, then do it!
What did you discover about yourself? That I have it in me; I just need to find ways of bringing it out!
What didn’t go as you planned? Didn’t sell as much as I had hoped but my prices were all over the board at first. Also learned that I need to research before implementing a new system, software, or “money-saving” devise. That there are many different ways of doing things- not to be conned into thinking one way is best.
Where would you like to see better results? My website needs work, I need to learn to market myself better (create a brand?), and I’m feeling the need to revamp my art- not sure exactly what that means…
Here’s the question that really put a lump in my throat..
How did you hold Yourself back this year? What beliefs/ideas/excuses did you use that stopped you from moving forward? I am my worst enemy. One of my favorite excuses for not doing something was, “I’m just not there yet!” I learned a lot about pushing through my fears but I still have much to learn!
Enough looking back, now to look forward! Jessica Swift’s 2014 Toolkit was extremely helpful in this. I came up with 10 goals for my business and 10 personal goals. Want to hear them?
Art At Dawn’s Goals for 2014
- Revamp my website
- Create a newsletter
- Organize my paper and electronic files
- Get a grip on social media and marketing
- Find new exhibits, shows, galleries, and co-op opportunities
- Host workshops and a studio open-house
- Create new line of art
- Organize studio, add sink area, and fulfill my wish list
- Create an online store
- Join Art forums, groups, and find people to collaborate with and learn from
Dawn’s personal Goals for 2014
- 1/2 Marathon in May- be healthy and fit this year (and beyond!)
- Revamp our Living Room
- Get basement cleared and organized
- Move boys into their own rooms
- Paint hallway and other rooms that need attention
- Throw away/donate 20 objects per day and organize the rest.
- Create something every day (sketch, craft, bake, make snowman, etc.)
- Read more! (2 books average per month?)
- Grow spiritually
- Focus on Family and Friends
Lots of house goals. After almost 7 years of living here, it needs a little work!
Now comes the extremely hard part of breaking these goals into manageable chunks and implementing them! The toolkit was helpful in this as well. Included in it were pages allocated for each goal to produce all the tasks necessary with deadlines. Then there were monthly intentions to create, as well as quarterly check-ins.
As with any tool, the success of them depends on how well you use them. I intend to see this through, but it will be interesting to learn how well I follow it from my quarterly check-ins. I’ll be sure to include you in to the process as I go along. Think of yourselves as my accountability buddies!
How about you? What goals and intentions have you made for the coming year and how do you plan to implement them? I’d love to hear about them!
Have a Fantastic Week!