Creative Goals, Projects and Rules

Some years I work in a much more goal focused manner than others. I have even been known to set no goals at all some years. This year I’ve put a lot of thought into what I want to achieve creatively and otherwise. There’s been a lot of self-coaching behind the scenes, which has resulted in me deciding to do things a bit differently.Β This year I’m setting:


I’m defining goals are quantifiable, but apart from one, not totally specific. ‘As always I’m not going to stress if I don’t achieve them and I may add to this list as the year progresses.

My creative goals for 2018 are:

  • Make gift a least once a month on average
  • To give random gifts (gifts not attached to birthdays, house moves, Christmas etc) at least 6 times this year
  • Become and remain UFO free all year
  • Experiment/play/learn once a week
  • Spin for 15 minutes a day when possible
  • Always have some knitting using yarn from my stash on my needles
  • Finish the quilt I started in 2017
  • Write up my outstanding knitting patterns then write them up within two weeks of object/garment completion.
  • Make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more ecofriendly business


I’ve a huge list of ideas and projects I’d love to chase, but since there’s only 24 hours in a day, I know I won’t achieve them all in a year. I’ve therefore made a list that I’m NOT going to lose, and I’m sure will add to. I’ll be checking this list regularly to help me decide on my ‘next’ new project. I’ll also be reviewing it at the end of the year – and maybe in between to see just what gets made and what doesn’t.


Sometimes, and I know I’m not alone in this, I look at what I’ve learned from achieving/not achieving a goal and think ‘Doh! I knew that already!’ So, in an attempt to remember what I learn, I’m going to create ‘rules’ i.e. what my learnings have taught me to do.

Looking back at last year’s goals the only rule I was reminded of was, ‘Enjoy what you do’. That’s the start of my list and hopefully I’ll remember some more through the year without too much painful relearning.

So that’s my plan. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the different ways everyone’s approaching their creative plans for this year. Good Luck to you all with your creations in 2018 – whether you make plans or not.

30 thoughts on “Creative Goals, Projects and Rules

  1. There are some nice goals in your list πŸ™‚ UFO-free all year O.O would be too ambitioned for me πŸ˜‰
    Your rule number one to enjoy what you do seems to be very clever

    Oh, and I love your goal to make your business a more ecofriendly one β™₯ Go for it!

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  2. I got a pattern cutting book for Christmas but my brain hurts just looking at it so I bought a Craftsy course to get me started on this alchemy. Then I thought, why have I bothered because I really don’t need any new clothes and, anyway, apart from a bit of neck gape occasionally, I’m quite easy to fit, Then I thought I could use one of the Tialys daughters as my model for pattern cutting as she is not such a ‘standard’ size as me and she also hates shopping so that is one of my goals. Another one is to knit a heart cable cardigan once you have achieved one of your goals and written up the pattern for it πŸ˜‰

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    1. Was it the same Tilays daughter who bought you the book that you’ll now be making clothes for. If it is, you should at least be asking for a second present from her. Look forward to seeing you amazing new designs.
      Yes, yes, I promise, I will write it up. Second on my list after sheep socks, which will be infinitely quicker.

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    1. Thank you. I do think goals are important, but so many people seem to think they’re blinkers or something to beat yourself up about when not achieved – which they so don’t need to be, but they are incredible learning experiences when used well. Hope my relaxed attitude works for you πŸ™‚

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