September is my favourite time to set goals and make a plan for success. Here are my 5 Tips on getting motivated this year in your art practice, and creative business.

1. Take stock

Before setting new goals, it’s important to take a moment to evaluate your previous work period. Decide on a timeline (the last year maybe?) and ask yourself some questions:

What worked well for you last year?

What areas did you feel required more effort? (studio work time, business strategies, marketing?)

What were you most proud of?

I firmly believe that without some introspection, it’s difficult to know which path is best for you to focus on.

2. Refresh your visual stimuli

You are likely looking at quite a lot of artwork content on social media. Since Instagram decides what we look at these days, take some time to reevaluate your social media feeds and whether they are helping or hindering your inspiration. You may want to do a clean sweep of your instagram - unfollowing accounts that are no longer inspiring, and following new artists. This kind of refresh can be effective in showing you some new content and sparking new ideas. I also feel it’s important to also follow feeds that will show you the latest design and interior design trends.

3. Aim high, and….low

We want to have success in our goal setting, so we are going to tier the goals in two ways:

High goal: pick a lofty goal that you may think is unattainable. Even if you think it’s ridiculous, allow yourself to step outside your own insecurities and just say it.

Low goal: The term ‘low’ might set the wrong tone. But…if we think it’s a simple goal, we will be more likely to achieve it, right? Low goals should feel achievable, and should also be adjusted as you meet them. For instance, your initial low goal may be to spend 1 hour focusing in your studio per day. You’re going to smash that goal, then increase it to 2 hours per day.

4. Timeline your goals

Low goals should be on a daily, weekly and monthly schedule.

Figure out which method works best for you: writing goals from high-to-low, or low-to-high. Some people find it helpful to set high goals and work backwards towards the daily and weekly goals that will help achieve it. Others prefer making a to-do list and extrapolating that to a weekly goal and then monthly. I think this is a very personal thing, and regardless of the direction, the most important thing is that the timeline works for you.

5. Write it all down

It has been proven - people who don’t write down their goals are less likely to achieve them. This can come in the form of a goal tracking notebook, one big list, or sticky notes posted all over your studio walls!

Or, if you want to do this with an app, here are some app options for you.

Read more about goal setting, and why it’s important, from Psychology Today. Or, get the alt perspective here.

If you need a hand with goal setting, we can book a call to brainstorm some ideas!