Goal Setting and Staying Focused as an Artist

How are you doing sticking to your goals you made this January?

I love planning, making lists and achieving my goals. It does take work though..

Here is a list of my personal tips!

 

# 1 Sticking to Your Goals – check on them

In order to keep my goals I need to review them and to check in on them.

I plan my goals near the end of December a year in advance and I review my goals every four months to adjust them accordingly.

Each month I check on my monthly goals and put a check mark beside the completed ones. I have a new agenda this year that has a section for goals at the start of each month which really helps! If you don’t have this  you can always set up reminders on your phone, write on a calendar or create to-do/goals lists.

It’s important to check on a goal’s progress because if you have  many goals they can be easy to forget.

 

#2 Your Goals Aren’t Permanent!

Life happens… Before you know it you meet your goal or you decide the timing isn’t right. You are allowed to change your mind – because they are your goals! I like to give myself some grace and I’m not hard on myself when I am no longer aiming for a goal -I’m still figuring out what kind of artist I want to become and I want my life to look like into the future.

 

#3 You Need to be Invested and Know Why

You have to want your goals- and not believe you should make them because what society is telling you. Part of sticking to goals is figuring out why you want them in the first place. This drive keeps you motivated. So, if you don’t know why you want something think deeper or even try journalling.

A goal needs intention behind it and clarity.

 

#4 Does Your Goal Inspire You and Excite You?

Like Marie Kondo says “does it spark joy” if it does it’s something you will treasure something you will continue to work on. If it doesn’t you won’t – it’s that simple! The more excited you are the more urgency there is to finish it.

A goal should be exciting but still believable to you.

How are you doing sticking to your goals you made this January? I love planning, making lists and achieving my goals. It does take work though.. Here is a list of my personal tips!

#5 Give Yourself Deadlines

I was always an achiever in school and I’ve found to still be successful out of school it helps to have deadlines. Give yourself a realistic time frame while keeping yourself challenged and accountable! Sometimes I will make a firm deadline with myself like “If you don’t finish this by the end of the day then you can’t …”

 

#6 Reward Yourself for Meeting Your Goals – Make the Process Fun!

Some goals are going to take longer to complete because they require more work and they are bigger goals. I find it helpful to remember to enjoy the journey (although I struggle with this). Don’t be afraid to celebrate milestones or to reward yourself with something you want. If the process of goal setting isn’t enjoyable you aren’t going to be excited about it and it will be harder to stick to your goals.

 

What are some of your goals you made this year?

 

See my Exhibition at the O Gallery!

From January 15-March 8, 2020 I have an exhibition at the O Gallery @44 Gaukel in Kitchener, ON Canada.

This exhibition consists of my framed hand dyed and hand embroidered dish cloths that resemble aerial views of farmlands. These works are professionally framed in glass. They are wire mounted and framed in white.

I love the white frames in these works because the dish cloths are so colourful and often have areas of intense vibrancy.

Another element to this exhibition is my handmade abaca paper with embedded sewn thread drawings to mimic the act of farming the day in day out labour of the back and fourth motion. This repetition of farming coincides with the repeated lines. These paper drawings are displayed with clipboards as a field study. The clipboard presentation to me implies a sense of research or note-taking.

Exhibition at the O Gallery by artist Jackie Partridge

Exhibition at the O Gallery in Kitchener by Jackie Partridge

Framed hand dyed dishcloth with hand embroidery by Jackie Partridge