Today I want to talk to you a little bit about evaluating your year, even when you’re feeling creatively drained!
It’s the end of the year. You’ve been working for 11 long months and you’ve got a few weeks left before the universal reset button of a new year is pressed. If you’re like me this time of year always gives way to a lot of introspection. If you’re like me you also find yourself asking a lot of questions and wondering how your year went. I have a few tips for you on taking inventory and figuring out how to advance into 2017 (HOW? How is it 2017 already?)
First — Write as much as you can remember down!
I started a journal back in August, but for me that was way too late. I like to go through my work month by month to see what all I’ve accomplished. This way I can begin drawing a clear map of where I want the next year to take me. Bonus tip: This is a great time to get organized! If you haven’t already broken your work down into years, go ahead and separate it out! If filing it into months or quarters would work for you, then do that as well! Take an hour and organize your files. You’ll thank me later.
Second — Set yourself some goals.
I like to set a few different types of goals for the year ahead. I set personal goals, professional goals and lifetime goals. Personal goals could be ‘find some workout classes I like’ or ‘make a therapy appointment’. Professional goals could be ‘get my work published’ or ‘make $50,000 this year’. Lifetime goals could be something along the lines of ‘Visit Rome’ or ‘Shoot for Rolling Stone magazine’. The first two categories get refreshed every year, and the last is a running list. Bonus tip: Write these down! Frame them and keep them close to you so you’ll be mindful of what you’re hoping to accomplish.
Third — Learn from your failures and regard those as lessons instead.
When you dream big and you take risks, the likelihood of failing is increased. No one can do everything perfectly. No matter what you might have fudged this year, take it as an opportunity to learn and give yourself grace. No one can move forward with the weight of failure binding their feet. Go into 2017 with a clear head, clear score, and a goal map for success.
With all of that in mind, tell me about your year! What goals are you setting for 2017?
This post was craft by our friend, Chelsea Laine Francis.
Hi there! I’m Chelsea Laine Francis and I’m a photographer, creative director and general lover of people based out of Austin, TX! I live here with my husband, Tucker, and my dog, Hank! Hank is a great pyrenees/collie mix that we rescued promptly upon getting an apartment that would allow pets. My husband Tucker is a human male who is a barista, coffee trainer, graphic designer, and all around great conversationalist, which is why I married him!
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