It’s different! I set and review goals for myself twice a year, January and August. In January I plan out the entire year ahead, and in August I review and plan for my next “season” of painting after mostly taking the summer off. Here’s my forecast for 2018:
Note: As I typed this, I received an email newsletter from James Clear titled Forget About Setting Goals. Try This Instead. Come on! He is a proponent of setting up the right process or system for your activity, which gives you more consistent satisfaction. Whereas goals can be like Christmas morning. So exciting when it happens, but then what motivates you? I think the two work together, influencing and responding to each other. He and I both agree that the type of goal you’re setting for yourself is important. My goals right now are to create the right systems and work habits so that I can happily continue painting every (eh) day, as well as try new things to help me figure out which direction to take my career. I like the give-and-take Clear describes at the end of his newsletter: ". . . goals are good for planning your progress, and systems are good for actually making progress."
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