Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday Link List - looking at goal setting

It's the time of the month for me to take a look at some new short-term goals.  I have three things in mind: 1) relist at least one item from my Etsy shop every day, 2) make something different using paper, and 3) teach myself some new watercolor techniques.

trying my hand at creating magnets
Many years ago at work, I took a seminar where we learned to measure our short and long term goals.  And that's when I decided to start listing short term goals for myself outside of work.  I believe it's a help, but you have to keep track of your progress.  Last month, my goals were to get out and walk, continue challenging myself with online prompts, and to make some magnets (I tried two different techniques).

But now, some links and goal setting ideas for you!

Here's an article about goal setting by Fidelis Art Prints, a digital art studio in British Columbia.

Painter's palette by Billy Alexander
Anne Gaal (Gaal Creative) is a mixed media artist and blogger with a great post about setting artistic goals.  She has three related links, if you are interested.

If your enjoy art journaling like me, you probably have heard about the Sketchbook Challenge.  Here's Sue Bleisweiss' blog, the organizer of the online Sketchbook Challenge.  And a link to her new book called "The Sketchbook Challenge: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Achieving Your Creative Goals".  It's published worldwide; I have it on my wish list at Amazon!

For all those sellers on Etsy:  did you know there was a team called Goals, Accountability and Accomplishment?   It was new to me!  The team believes in publicly declaring daily and weekly goals, then keeping track of what gets done.  An interesting way of being responsible for your actions.  Open to all sellers on Etsy.

Most people set goals on January 1st for the new year.  The BBArtisans team had a post on January 5th about setting (and sharing) goals.  There were seven of us that blogged about our goals for the year, for the whole world to see.  I was one of them!

Another Etsy team, called Aspiring Artisan's Guild, did the same thing!

But not everyone thinks goal setting is a good idea.  Hyperallergic, a forum for "serious, playful and radical thinking about art in the world today," has an interesting article written in July 2012 that talks about goal setting and art making.

What's your opinion on goal setting?  Is it too restrictive or a good idea?


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I think setting goals helps keep us on track and gives our creativity direction. Of course we can go off course and let our minds play, but having goals helps us get back to reality after a fun creative trip.
I set monthly goals as well as daily goals in the form of to do lists.

Great list of helpful links!

Britney said...

i want to second the recommendation to join a goals team on etsy. since i joined i've received support from my fellow members and getting a lot of things done!

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Deb! Thanks for the shout out! ♥

I try to set time once a month to check my progress on my goals and set new ones for the coming month. Maximum of 10 at a time. I keep a notebook especially for this and it helps me refresh my memory as to my reasons for wanting to work on certain projects and helps me recommit to them and focus more on what I want most.

Rose said...

Another great to do list! Yay for making magnets. I look forward to seeing what you do with watercolors. Re-listing items on a daily basis is a great way to increase views. It has been years since I've had a month where my Etsy fees were less than my sales so it's definitely paid off. Good luck with all of your goals this month.

BeadedTail said...

Your goals posts always motivates me Deb but then I don't seem to follow through. I guess I just tend to go with the flow but it's time to probably get more goal oriented. That art journaling book looks great! I'm going to add it to my Amazon wish list too!

Harry said...

Great links!

You may want to check out GoalsOnTrack, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals, habits, and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It's clear, focused, easy to navigate, and most of all, really works!

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