Saturday, December 29, 2007

Planning for 2008

I continually stress to my students the need to plan and execute. There is something magical that happens when you write something down. Your subconscious mind wants to complete it. I'm currently planning for 2008. First I write down as many things as I would like to accomplish for the year. I call this a goal dump, not a few goals, well over a hundred. Then I categorize them into personal and professional. In my professional category I have roughly five main areas. One is titled "Ever Expanding Skills". So I write down my vision for that category and give the vision a timeline, thirty day, six months, etc. One of my main goals is to create a new Composition DVD and have it completed by late February.

If you are interested in planning for your career I offer an "Advanced Illustration and the Marketplace" class that helps really talented people get organized so they can go conquer the world.

32 Comments:

Blogger Sheila said...

Thank you for this way of doing it! I had been following some previous advice given to me: to write down the most important goals. But this never got it all out on paper, and somehow I had it in my head that I must be the only person who has well over a hundred things I want to accomplish at any given moment. This will help me finally really start to organize them and knock them out. Such a simple thing! Thanks again.

December 29, 2007 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Ooooooooo~ A blog, neato!

December 30, 2007 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger matt said...

Sheila, Email me if you'd like. I can send you some of my goals and how I write out my process when I'm finished in a couple weeks. It's basically what I show to all of my students.

December 30, 2007 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger matt said...

Christine, Is that you?

December 30, 2007 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger squirrel_mafia said...

Hey, just got done watching through your "figure drawing a layered approach" and wanted to say it was a great help. I felt like i was retaking your course but to the fourth power and on speed in a roller coaster, it was good

Thank you :)

P.S. I miss your class :(

January 5, 2008 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger James Sugrue said...

Hey Matt! Glad to see you are on the blogging community! Keep in touch!

James Sugrue

January 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

matt,
Your blog is up and running! I just added you to my blogroll!

I remember you teaching the goal setting process in the class, it helped me tremendously.

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