By now, I can really see how my entire year is shaping up. I stop here, for a while, and ask if this line up truly seems achievable, or am I better served letting some thing(s) go. The older I get, the more I appreciate quality over quantity. I also remind myself that things usually take longer than expected. At this point, I'm looking at my whole year on one page where I can regularly check in throughout the year and keep myself on track. I can also modify the calendar as the year unfolds and be reminded of small things that, despite best intentions, might have otherwise fallen through the cracks.
This approach to goal setting and planning can be used in all sorts of manners: maybe you're building your handmade capsule wardrobe, or want to take your blogging to new heights. This is the place to commit to family outings, campfires and stargazing. Assign blocks of time devoted to making the quilts you really want to make. Schedule your workouts. Make dates to get out and have fun. One thing we can all count on is that the year will pass, so let's be sure to make the most of each month, each week, each day.
A one-page calendar isn't meant to capture project details, inspiring photos or important contacts, so those parts of the process are best left to a second wave of planning: inspiration boards, journals, sketchbooks and planners. Personally, the list maker in me depends on a Franklin Planner for infusing the big goals with the details of daily life. For drawing, I'm transitioning from purely using handmade sketchbooks to increasingly using my ipad and apple pencil. With these additional methods to plan and track progress, what's the point of the goal planning calendar? By keeping my entire year in front of me, I always see the big picture, as well as the sum of its parts. And to make sure I don't lose sight of where I'm going, it hangs from a clipboard just inside my studio door.
This exercise is meant to set myself up for an awesome year, one that I can look back on and feel satisfied, which is why I only include goals that are meaningful, purposeful and positive. I hope this guide is helpful as you plan your beautiful year ahead. Feel free to drop me a line with any questions.