5 Tips To Stick To Your Plans

It’s October and autumn is kicking in here in Amsterdam. Yikes! It all went by so fast! Do you remember how you made new year’s resolutions back in January? It feels like this was ages ago already!
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What happened to your plans that started with ‘This year I will …’ ? Are you still sticking to them?
If you’re not - maybe you already reached your goal and you’re already onto the next path. Good for you!
But chances are that you actually kind of forgot about your fresh new challenges, or maybe you were a little disappointed and got back into old habits that are so hard to break.
This is why setting goals and deadlines is very important to stick to your plans.

Here are 5 tips to help you with that:

1. Set a very clear, reachable goal
You can tell yourself: "I want to be more creative".
But don’t you agree that’s kind of vague?
Maybe your goal should be: “I want to draw more” (works with all creativity - whether you want to draw, paint, quilt, bake, write…). It’s less vague, but still not solid enough. So, go to point 2.
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2. Make it measurable
Approach your goal in a practical way rather then keeping the goal abstract, like it was a wish instead of something you can work towards. I know, it doesn’t sound very artsy, but it works.
If your goal is to draw more, tell yourself to make a drawing every day, for example. Make it even more measurable by setting time frame as well: "By November 1, I will have made 25 drawings".
3. Take action
It’s easy to say you are going to do something; now you need to actually do it. In the fitness world there’s this quote that is quite a good metaphor: "you aren’t getting the beautiful butt you want by sitting on the one you have".
So start right away.
Make that first drawing by doodling on the back of an envelope and then go buy yourself a sketchbook to fill a page in every day.
Play and have fun and before you know it, you have reached your goal and added a strong creative habit that you then can keep going for sure!
4. Remember you’re not alone
You don’t need to do this on your own. Tell other people about your plan and show them your progress - they will be supportive and help you stay motivated. Find a workshop or a course you can take to get more confident about drawing. Find techniques and themes that interest you. Join a sketch challenge, like ‘Inktober’ - you get to make art and share it online with like minded people from all over the world.
(bonus tip: My 'go to' themes for regular drawing are selfies and food - you can click here to read about my latest foodie-related theme)
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5. Expect obstacles
Inspite of the best intentions, your life can get in the way of the plans you make. Busy times can make it hard to carve out time, but you can still do it. Even when it's just a 5 minute drawing before you go to sleep - it's a drawing!
Also, don't use being in a bad mood or feeling as an excuse. I’m pretty sure drawing will make you feel better and if it doesn't; you made a drawing anyway! Which is a pretty cool result from having a bad mood, don’t you think?
If you're interested, you can click here to read a previous blogpost I wrote about this topic.
I hope you set up some great goals that'll make you feel super proud with each (small or big) milestone!

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