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Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

Writing a checklist to help you achieve your Creative Goals

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I’ve learned so much since starting my creative resolution in 2014. About how important setting a goal is. But, not only do we have to set a goal, we need to outline the tasks that will get us there.

My 2014 creative resolution, or goal, was very simply to “be creative.” Early on I wrote (and adapted as I went on) a “weekly checklist” or a set of tasks that would help me achieve my goal. They were:

My 2014 Weekly Checklist:

  • 3 pencil sketches – “5 minute sketches”
  • 1 watercolor
  • 1 acrylic
  • illustration (children’s book illustration style)

As the year went on I added things like “figure drawing” to my list, and, as I focusted more on watercolor, acrylic painting moved to my monthly list.

My 2014 Monthly Checklist:

  • learn a new technique (from a video, book, etc.)
  • 1 acrylic painting
  • “other” project (furniture, wood, etc.)

My 2015 creative resolution or goal was to “continue my creative journey.” Right from the start of 2015 I wrote a list of things I have always wanted to try. Some of these things were one time “tries,” while others I incorporated into my checklist (see the last three items).

My 2015 Checklist:

  • Try one thing from “the list” each month
  • Create almost daily (and post on Instagram)
  • Paint with watercolor at least once a week
  • Doodle with ink almost daily
  • Design a pattern a month
  • Practice hand lettering at least once a month

As the new year gets closer and closer, I’m excited to set a new goal, a new creative resolution. I’ve grown so much, I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings! 🙂

 

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

9 thoughts on “Writing a checklist to help you achieve your Creative Goals

  1. I love this idea and strategy! I would love to try this out myself. You have great goals and your work is amazing.

  2. Love your image and how you combined all the leaves together and thank you for a great example of making creative lists. I tend to put creative and non-creative things on the same ‘To Do’ list, which can look overwhelming at times. Your breakdown of week/month and “the list” is brilliant.

  3. Beautiful leaf image Eileen. I like the overlap. Your goal setting is a good idea. I’ll look forward to seeing your 2016 list.

  4. Great image, and I love the way you’ve photographed it too. I admire your goal setting and fulfillment! (K)

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