You can’t manage time, you can only manage priorities. -Ann Rea
You have defined your SMARTER goal.
My initial SMARTER goal was “Sell over $100,000 of my art before the end of 2005.”
However, this was my initial goal.
You need to define your own SMARTER goal, and trying to sell over $100,000 of your art in your first year as a full-time Artist may or may not be SMART, or even relevant.
A goal is SMARTER if it is:
- A=actionable, meaning that you can move on it today
- R=result that you really want
- T=time bound
- E=evaluate often
- R=revise, only if it is smarter to do so
Now that you have learned how to properly define SMARTER Goals the next step is to manage your focus, energy, and daily actions.
Notice that I didn’t say, “manage your time”.
Why? I just don’t think that’s possible.
It’s simple. Now that you have your SMARTER goal, take six small steps towards accomplishing that SMARTER goal every day.
- Make them small bite-sized steps.
- Number them in order of their priority.
- Put them on your calendar before you go to bed each night.
- The next day focus on one step at a time and work it until it’s done.
- Do your level best to complete all six steps.
- If you don’t, move your unfinished action steps to the next day and repeat the steps above.
You’ll be very clear about what you accomplished each day and exactly what you need to accomplish the next day. This actually helps you relax and get a better night’s sleep.
Complete six steps towards your SMARTER goal each day and your goal will be accomplished sooner than you thought possible.
If your current SMARTER goal is to complete this Semester, as it should be, then break down each action step at your pace and according to your schedule.