I am sure you have heard many bloggers and business accounts speak about the magic of 90 day goals. So what is so special about them? Even though 90 days sounds like a lot, it is really a manageable amount of time. It is the sweet spot between monthly goals and yearly goals. So in this post, I will help to demystify how to set 90 day goals.
If you focus on one main goal, you are more likely to complete it versus having more goals for the 90 day goal setting. You are forced to look at results and reflect earlier than you would if you just focused on yearly goal(s).
For myself, I know that I want to complete a new surface pattern collection by the end of 90 days. This is doable because I have looked back at a 90 day chunk of time from last year. I was able to complete a collection in 5 months. But I have to keep in mind that learning Adobe Illustrator was also added onto that time. So, with the knowledge I now have, I believe that I can finish a collection in 90 days.
I also know that my yearly goal is to become a licensed surface pattern designer. This specifically means that I will have at least one contract with a licensing company. Or at the very least, have completed all of the work on my end in order to present myself to companies.
I have also included a 90 day bullet tracker so that you can write out one point a day that is a task directly related to the overall 90 day goal or objective. Each month has 30 bullets. This 90 bullet tracker is available in the Goal Setting Freebies page.
Even though I share a lot of freebies, I held back for years in starting to paint because I feared failure. As creatives, you and I can be held back due to negative thinking. It might look like comparing your ability to others or not having the confidence to pursue your creative talent or putting your creations out into the world.
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I have also designed a 90 day goal tracker with the month and the week included. Notice that each week of the month has the same corresponding amount of points as the monthly tracker has. It has 4 points for a goal a week. And the weeks each have 7 points, representing one goal or task per day.
If I know that I want to complete a collection by the end of 90 days, I write out every task that I need to do to get there. It is almost like a brain dump. Then I organize each task in order and approximate how long each task will take. Keep in mind to use the information from the previous year for how long each task will take you.
As you write out each task, keep in mind that you are going to include Input/Learn areas as well as Output/Create areas.
It is important to know what you are able to complete in a month prior to using the 90 day goal tracker. Use your monthly goal tracker to refer from.
An example what the Input/Learn area might look like the following. In order to complete this collection, I know I am going to have to revisit the course that I took in order to learn Surface Pattern Design; Immersion by Bonnie Christine.
And an example of Output/Create may look like spending a week sketching out one flower a day. For me, this would be looking at reference photos and sketching out as many different parts of a flower; as a whole and different elements.
I trust that you have some handy, easy to use tools that will help you understand how to organize and complete your goals for the next 90 days.
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