First Quarter Creative Goals

One of the best things I’ve done for my productivity was putting together this simple list of goals at the end of September. I copied it to a Trello board and Trello automatically put each item into its own separate card. This was so motivating to me and I loved archiving each card as I completed the task. I’ve decided that this is going to be a new quarterly routine for me.

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Before I list my new goals, I thought it would be useful to share the items from last quarter. I didn’t get everything done, but I came close! Here are the items I completed:

Goals completed last quarter:

  1. Get my daughter’s wedding photos printed.

  2. Do my September roundup.

  3. Do my October roundup.

  4. Do my November roundup.

  5. Do my December roundup - actually working on this today.

  6. Do a year end recap.

  7. Decorate dining tables for Thanksgiving dinner.

  8. Plan and cook Thanksgiving dinner.

  9. Decide on a theme for my Christmas tree this year.

  10. Decorate Christmas tree.

  11. Build LEGO Haunted House (found on eBay!) - actually changed this goal to building Scooby Doo Mansion instead.,

  12. Do LEGO advent calendars in December with Alex.

  13. Order wedding photo album from photographer. - note that this still has not arrived.

  14. Get my parents slides scanned from my youth.

  15. Ask my parents if they have any home videos I can get digitized.

  16. Make sure all my videos are digitized.

  17. Share relevant photos from this year (especially from wedding) with friends and family.

  18. Release new cards and templates for Digital Scrapbooking Day

  19. November release

  20. December release

  21. Work on calendar cards for 2019 and release them no later than Black Friday

  22. Learn how to use Canva.com

  23. Start using Flickr again - changed this goal, see below.

  24. Actually go through all the lessons for the Becky Higgins photography class I signed up for months ago.

  25. Learn how to use all the features of my iPhone XS phone (brand new this weekend)

  26. Create Christmas cards and order them. I like to use Minted.com

  27. Make a blog plan for 2019 for this blog.

  28. Make a blog plan for 2019 for Toy to the World.

  29. Make a blog plan for my private family blog.

  30. Plan Christmas gifts for neighbors.

  31. Plan Christmas presents for friends and family.

  32. Clean out my creative closet in my office.

  33. Complete October prompt for Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop.

  34. Complete November prompt for Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop.

  35. Complete December prompt for Ali Edwards One Little Word workshop.

  36. Learn how to use new features on PicMonkey.com

  37. Pick word for 2019.

  38. Finish book I’m currently reading.

  39. Finish other book I’m currently reading.

  40. Read another book to get to goal of 24 books this year.

  41. Read another book to get to goal of 24 books this year.

  42. Read another book to get to goal of 24 books this year.

  43. Read another book to get to goal of 24 books this year.

  44. Update Trello boards for creative projects.

  45. Change Letterboard for fall.

  46. Change Letterboard for Thanksgiving.

  47. Change Letterboard for December.

  48. Create at least one art journal page.

  49. Publish 2018 blog index at end of year.

  50. Work on altered Christmas journal that I started last year.

  51. Go through older creative magazines.

  52. Set up Pinterest boards for upcoming house and yard projects.

  53. Set up GoodNotes notebooks.

  54. Scan copies of personal histories to add to genealogy files.

  55. Decide what to do with quote blog from 2007-2008.

  56. Clean out garden.

  57. Update my Smash Books.

  58. Backup and export all pages from Project Life app.

  59. Practice using Apple Pencil. I have one, but rarely use it.

  60. Upload older scanned photos to Google Photos (and Dropbox and Flickr).

  61. Help with gala for non-profit organization.

  62. Give presentation on creativity.

That is a pretty impressive list if I do say so myself!

There were a five items that I did not finish. I don’t even feel bad about that because it was an overly ambitious list, I would rather aim too high than too low! Four of the unfinished tasks will be carried over to my new list. The other one was building a Christmas LEGO set so I’m going to just wait and do that next holiday season.

Here are my creative goals for the first quarter of 2019:

  1. Finish putting away Christmas decorations

  2. Film more video and use 1SE (one second everyday) app

  3. Use Momento app each day (more on this in a future post)

  4. Create a vision board for my word of the year (more on this in a future post)

  5. Change letterboard for January

  6. Change letterboard for February

  7. Change letterboard for March

  8. Complete Becky Higgins personal and family yearbook course (I loved her photo course!)

  9. Create free download for January Quirky holidays (already done!)

  10. Create free download for February Quirky holidays

  11. Create free download for March Quirky holidays

  12. February product release

  13. March product release

  14. Daily (or almost daily) posting for my private family blog

  15. Post 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) on this blog

  16. Share something somewhere besides a blog each day (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, email, messages, etc.)

  17. Teach 2 classes on memory keeping to a local church group

  18. Create seasonal scrapbook pages (more on this in a future post)

  19. Create a video tutorial and post it to YouTube, social media, & my blog

  20. Create scrapbook pages for wedding

  21. Upload all digitized videos to online account to share with my family

  22. Get comfortable using my Fujifilm XT-2 camera

  23. Watch lens tutorials for Fujifilm camera

  24. Finish at least one photobook.

  25. Empty one binder (I have several old binders filled with old articles and class materials that are outdated)

  26. Download all Flickr photos and delete Flickr account

  27. Create music playlists, and figure out how to play music more in my life. Help my parents with this as well.

  28. Do my January roundup

  29. Do my February roundup

  30. Do my March roundup

  31. Scan more documents to attach to family history files

  32. Fix metadata on old scanned photos and upload to Google photos + share with family

  33. Update LinkedIn Profile

  34. Create an art journal page

  35. Finish one Udemy course (online learning)

  36. Finish one Lynda.com course (online learning)

  37. Complete Inner Warrior course (online learning) - I posted about this on my facebook page on December 31st.

  38. Attend a musical performance

  39. Plan travel experiences for this year

  40. Cook a birthday dinner for my Mom

  41. Read a book to work toward my goal of 30 books this year

  42. Write a review on Goodreads after completing book

  43. Read another book to work toward my goal of 30 books this year

  44. Write a review on Goodreads after completing book

  45. Read another book to work toward my goal of 30 books this year

  46. Write a review on Goodreads after completing book

  47. Read another book to work toward my goal of 30 books this year

  48. Write a review on Goodreads after completing book

  49. Read another book to work toward my goal of 30 books this year

  50. Write a review on Goodreads after completing book

Ok, 50 seems like a nice number. Especially, since I will be turning 50 in March! These are not lightweight goals so I’m probably overshooting again but that’s ok. I like the challenge and if I don’t finish something it will just go on next quarter’s list. This seems to be a motivating way for me to set goals. I like having the space of 3 months to get them done. Go me!