I am a list-maker, a goal-setter, a planner of epic proportions. Few things make me happier than putting pen (or glue stick) to paper and creating a plan. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that setting goals for the New Year tops my list of favorite things.
But I went a little overboard prepping for 2013.
I made a vision board and wrote out a long list of goals.
My list of professional goals includes writing an e-book, developing new coaching programs and connecting with new clients, blogging, attending more networking events and booking speaking gigs. My vision board reflects the life I want to create outside of my office with pictures of chickens, bees, fresh produce, rubber boots, colorful quilts and other farm girl stuff.
I also chose a word to help guide me through the year: INTENTION
Sitting down at my desk with the vision board, list of goals and a powerful word staring me in the face made me feel a little overwhelmed.
Before my mug of tea had cooled down enough to drink, I’d be thinking, “How am I going to incorporate all of these things into my life? Is it even possible to raise chickens and travel for speaking gigs? Can I really spend more time at networking events and make it to yoga classes?”
And the biggie: “Does setting an intention work?”
As it turns out, YES!
The time I spent getting clear on my priorities, setting goals and cutting and pasting to bring those visions to life is already paying off.
When an editor calls to offer me an assignment or an invite to a networking event lands in my inbox, I look at those pictures and words and decide if the project or event fits with the vision I created. So far, it’s saved me from agreeing to at least two things that were not a good fit.
The list and collage is also a good reminder that I need to do the work to bring these plans to light. I can’t sit in my office and hope someone else will tend to the chickens, bring in new coaching clients and send pitches to new magazines.
So, while I’m waiting for my morning mug of tea to cool, I write a to-do list (see? I cannot resist a list) that includes all of the things that need to get done that day as well as at least one thing that will bring me one step closer to the vision I created for 2013.
So far, I’ve snagged a spot on a panel about creativity coaching at the annual American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference in New York, signed up to exhibit at a fabulous networking event for women entrepreneurs, developed and launched a brand new coaching program and started working with fabulous new clients.
What are your writing goals for the New Year? Are there magazines you plan to pitch? A book you want to write? An income goal you aspire to? I’d love to hear what you have planned. Remember, it’s not too late to set an intention to make 2013 THE YEAR OF PUBLISHING SUCCESS.
Love this! One of my goals for this year is to attend the ASJA conference (can’t wait to see your panel!) and be more purposeful with my writing and my time. I need to make a vision board now – I think that is such an excellent idea.
I get together with a friend every December to make a vision board for the upcoming year. It’s one of my favorite rituals.
You’ll love the ASJA conference. It’s definitely worth the trip to NYC. Hope to see you there!
It’s exciting to see you’ve started a blog, Jodi. I look forward to following it. This reminds me of that info-graphic, 29 Ways to Stay Creative. I think “Create a framework” works for me the way lists work for you. My framework is a set of habitual activities. But I have an emotional resistance to routine. As soon as I find a source of energy or inspiration, I tend to let it take over, shrugging off any kind of schedule. Inevitably, inspiration wanes and I lose my way after a while. Whenever I come back to thinking about my “ideal day,” and what I want to accomplish regardless of how energetic or inspired I feel, it gets me back on track. Working out a new schedule this week has helped a lot. Every time I revisit it, I have fresh insight about my creative process.
Another thing I liked from that info-graphic was “Finish something.” Last night I sat down and finished a woven scarf that has been sitting on the back of a chair for weeks. It had a couple errors that were easy to repair, but I’d been avoiding the task. It took all of 15 minutes while chicken soup was simmering on the stove. The scarf is beautiful, so satisfying to finish.
The idea of choosing a guiding word for the year also appeals to me. I’m not sure what, but willpower comes to mind.
Congrats on finishing the scarf. Your work in fiber is so inspiring. There is something so amazing about the ability to turn raw fiber into yarn ready for knitting — and creating a scarf from that!
I hope I can be as dedicated about blogging as you!