Last year, I spent a lot of time putting together studio goals that were S.M.A.R.T. My goals were specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely… and you know what?!? That process didn’t really work for me. The truth is, I spent the first few months of 2013 trying to reach those goals as fast as I possibly could, and I forgot to look at the BIG picture.
I paid to join a ton of giveaways so I could gain Facebook fans quickly…then Facebook changed their news feed rules.
I threw together a bunch of printable collections…they didn’t really sell.
I accepted pretty much any business that came my way…that distracted me from what I wanted to focus on.
I also rushed to design an eCommerce site, a project I had originally laid out for 2014, because there were items I wanted to sell that weren’t permitted on Etsy. Well, guess what?!? At the end of 2013, Etsy made some big changes to their rules and now I don’t need my own independent site to sell those items. I rushed all of that work because I felt (self-imposed) pressure to get it done.
After reading this post, by Nicole of Libby Lane Press, I decided it would be in my best interest to choose ONE WORD to represent 2014. I’m hoping by doing this, I’ll be able to focus on the big picture and not lose my way trying to check off goals I came up with at the beginning of the year (that may not even apply 6 months down the road). With that being said, my word for 2014 is…
I’m vowing to be more patient and not rush through projects. I’m going to plan and I’m going to take my time. I’m not going to rush myself just so I can check something off my to-do list. I’ve already laid what I want to accomplish this year and I’m going to take my time getting it done.
What’s your word for 2014?