How to Set Achievable Goals

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

The new year is quickly approaching! And I’m sure we’re all ready to leave (most of) this year behind us. But before we move into the hope and freshness of 2021, let’s go over setting and achieving goals in the new year.

As artists (and even non-artists), setting goals is a great way to make your intentions for the year very clear. Think of it as your North Star for the year, something to steer your creative ship towards. But goals aren’t very helpful unless you have a road map to get you there. Don’t worry, though! Making your road map is easier than you think. We’re just going to travel backwards!


So, let’s start at the finish line. What do you want to accomplish this year? Do you want to illustrate a book? Do you want to create a certain number of paintings? Do you want to fill a sketchbook? Whatever your goal is, take a moment to figure out what you want to spend your year working towards. And remember, there is no wrong choice! This is completely personal and totally up to you.

My only advice is to pick something that speaks to YOU. Don’t worry about pleasing other people, either online or in your life. If you’re going to spend an entire year working towards something, it needs to be something that really lights you up.

So take a moment to brainstorm your ideas. I won’t rush you. (Journaling about this is a great way to figure this out.)


Alright, did you figure out what you’ll be working towards? Perfect! Now let’s break that down into bite size chunks. I’ll use the sketchbook example above to make it easy to follow.

In order to fill up a sketchbook, you’ll need to figure out how many pages you have to fill with your amazing doodles and drawings. Let’s say you have a 100 page sketchbook, and you want it to be full by July 1, 2021. That gives you 181 days to fill your sketchbook. With some basic math, you’ll see you have to fill a page every other day starting January 1, 2021.

If you want even more of a challenge, you can give yourself a time limit to fill each page. Or if you’re more interested in creating high quality work in your sketchbook, estimate how long each page will take and schedule that time into your routine. So if it will take 1 hour to fill each page, you could spend 30 minutes each day working in your sketchbook, and by the time July 1 rolls around, you’ll have fulfilled your goal for the year!

Now, goals don’t have to take the entire year. You could set monthly goals or quarterly goals. Just follow the same method as above and you’ll have a clear road map to finish anything you set your brilliant mind to!


With all that said, I wish everyone a very happy new year! And one that is full of creativity and fulfilled artist dreams!

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