Last week I wrote about exploring what I had learned last year as a starting point for identifying goals. Having had a good rummage around in the empty space between my ears I’ve come up with a few for 2016. I’ll be using the SMART formula to make sure I have the best chance of succeeding and I’m also making myself accountable for my creative goals by sharing them on my blog. However, I’m not so vain to think that if I publically commit to knitting a dozen sets of fair isle leg warmers for Mr Hicks, everyone will remember or chase me up on it.
However, committing publicly should help me achieve my goals because:
- Other knowing makes us think harder about our goals and if we really want to commit to them.
- Knowing others may remember makes it harder to sneak out of working on a goal, because none of us want to be thought a failure.
- Having others on our side can provide us with encouragement when we wobble, praise when we succeed and advice when we get stuck.
- Declaring we’ll do something publically makes it feel more important.
So here are my thirteen creative goals (so far) for 2016:
- 85% of my yarn purchases will be 100% British wool – I’m not committing to 100% of purchases, because it’s pointless knitting with wool for daughters who will chuck it in the washing machine and shrink it first wash.
- Only buy yarn when I know what I’m going to use it for.
3. Think thoroughly before I take on any new project.
4. Attend at least two workshops
5. Learn 6 new ways to knit a sock by knitting six different pairs of socks.
6. Post at least six patterns on Ravelry – I’m dreadful at making up a pattern and knitting it, but not sharing because I never get round to writing the pattern up properly.
7. Experiment/learn something new each month.
8. Learn more about dyeing wool with plants and other natural products
9. Crochet regularly – I’ve joined a BAM CAL to help me achieve this.
10. Make something for Christmas each month.
11. Eliminate the UFO pile.
12. Each weekend, when we’re not away or have visitors, I will make/do something for the house or garden.
13. Knit Lovely Husband a Christmas Jumper – this can count as one of my monthly Christmas makes, although it will probably span more than a month.
I’m off now to write all these down in a way that fits the SMART model. Do you have any tricks or tips to making yourself stick to your goals?