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You know your final destination, but do you know how to get there? Goal setting is a BOR-ING task but oh so necessary if you want to actually get to the finish line of any dream.

You’ve most likely heard the common way to set goals is to make sure they’re “SMART” goals… (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely) but the problem with those types of goals is that I get caught up with making sure the goals I set actually meet this criteria! LOL!!

The way that I set my goals to be achieved is to break them down into bite sized (or action based) pieces. Starting from the END result, work your way backwards.

Let’s break a goal down to show you what I mean.

Create and Upload New Items to Etsy

Research materials
– Decide whether to use fleece or cotton
– Design colour palette

Create items
– Cut materials
– Match patterns and quilt together
– Iron and sew
– Add labels

Write descriptions
– Research keywords and tags for listing
– Write descriptions

Take photos
– Set up backdrop
– Ensure lighting is adequate
– make sure all items are clean/ironed
– Edit photos if necessary

Come up with pricing (based on time & costs)
– Figure out timing
– Calculate costs
– Combine both factors to come up with pricing

Upload to Etsy Shop
– Go through all the steps to add your listing to your shop.

Wait for the “Cha-Ching” Sound 😉

Notice that each one of these tasks has a list of tasks in and of itself, this is the important part of setting goals as it makes the process not so overwhelming. The hardest part of goal setting is indeed the fact that it generally becomes too daunting and ends up falling by the wayside.

You can add dates and times to these if you want to be held accountable, but I find that adding dates and times doesn’t really help me. The bottom line is to make things as simple as they can be – you don’t have time (nor the want) for things to be overly complicated, but you do have to get stuff done so that you can move your business forward.

Do you have a system of goal setting that you use? Share in the comments so we can all be productive together 😉

2 thoughts on “Goal Setting for the Creative Maker

  • AnnaMay 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Hello, thank you for sharing the steps above. I have several questions for you. I’m hoping you can help me or direct me in the right direction. I have a business idea that I have been working on for a while… creative wood ideas. I do not have a website nor do I feature items on Etsy. This is all too new to me. What are the steps to be part of this York Region Event or website?

    Looking forward to hear back from you.

  • LeaJune 5, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Thank you this was so helpful! Although I know how to make SMART goals, I often fumble in putting them into action! I get deer in the headlights. Implementing action steps backwards from the goal helped to put things into perspective for me!


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