Why We should Set Goals for Our Art/Creative Hobbies, Projects, Inklings, Ideas.

We can learn so much from our employer. Yuk, but it’s true. Our employer, despite all their problems, inefficiencies, and lack of a caring soul, does some things that helps them accomplish stuff.

They show up and they make us show up. Annoying really, but it moves things along. Those spreadsheets won’t get analyzed without someone showing up to work. Customers won’t get served, the trash won’t get taken out, and eventually there won’t be anything to manage if people don’t show up and do the same work every day.

They make plans. A lot of the plans they make they don’t include us in. So it might feel like management is making arbitrary decisions or is clueless, but hopefully if they are any good they are making plans. They have an idea of where they are headed this year, the next, and down the road. They are planning resources, people, services, products, and finances. Successful companies don’t get where they are by accident. A plan was involved.

They stay focused. Which is why we hate the 9–5 in the first place. We get hired to focus on an area of the company or a certain set of tasks. The more limited our job is the more prone we are to become bored with it. The company is focused and needs people to show up and be focused too. Focus and consistency produce results. This focused effort can motivate us to start something creative in the first place and is also something we need to do if we are going to be successful in our personal endeavors.

According to an article at Lifehack, people with type B personality are more likely to be attracted to creative occupations. As a type A person I am prone to be rigidly organized, outgoing, ambitious, concerned with time management, proactive, and can be a workaholic.

Type B people, well according to some quick info on Wikipedia, work steadily, may enjoy exploring ideas and concepts, are less competitive, and have a greater tendency to get less stressed when they do not achieve.

Type A creatives will be prone to plan and set up time management tools to ensure they can get their job done and a million other things. Type B creatives may enjoy the creative journey more than making plans and not be in such a hurry to achieve some grand goal, but let’s consider why setting goals for our art/creative thing can valuable.

1. Creates a priority. Taking the time to set goals is a way to say that you are taking this thing seriously. It is acknowledging what you want to do and making it a priority. Too many of us have spent too many years suppressing things that we really want to do. It often takes a life crisis before we will concede to try. Setting goals is a way to ensure we finally do what we have always wanted to do.

2. Track progress. If we have no idea of what we want to accomplish, when, and how we won’t have a way to measure progress. Words like measure and data can scare some people off, but those are words we need a little of in our life to figure out if we are on track for living our lives. Most us of grabbed onto the end of some string and held on for dear life as it wound itself up into a ball. We are lucky just to get supper cooked at night, some laundry going, the kids managed, and able to say hi to our spouse let alone accomplish some amazing creative goals. If you want to get out of the ball you are going to have to make things a priority and look at your progression.

3. Eliminates guilt. A budding painter that I know has a desire to sell her art online. She gets up every day and stares at a blank canvas. Most days she is able to paint something she can sell. She knows she needs to get a website going, set up some social media accounts, get a business email, make herself a logo, and establish her online platform so that she can sell. She doesn’t make any goals to accomplish any of this. Feelings of guilt start to fester. She “feels” like she should be doing things and because she doesn’t she begins to feel bad. A simple plan, with simple steps, will help her stay on track towards getting things done and help her see how she is moving forward.

4. Promotes Consistency. I started blogging three years ago in response to a severe life and career crisis. I lost my purpose for life and was eager to find something that would give me a reason to get out of bed every day. My desperation provided the motivation I needed to get a WordPress site set up and reading millions of blog articles provided me with a basic understanding of how to get started. My blogs were a complete mess and inconsistent because I didn’t have a plan. As life has evened out I have been able to make better plans and clearer goals and that is promoting consistency in my life and art, but I still have a long way to go.

The reason we need to set goals is because this thing we want to do is important and there are a million reasons that we can come up with not to do it. There are very real obstacles and challenges we face that can prevent us from trying this thing. We can look at our busy schedules and explain away why adding another thing isn’t going to work, but it can work. It can work if we set goals, show up every day, stay focused, make plans, track progress, and maintain consistency.


This article was written by Marcy Pedersen , life-long learner, driven to achieve goals, lover of ideas & obsessed about helping others achieve great things.

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