Goal setting is not for the faint of heart. Personally, I'm always afraid that I won't reach my goals and that I'll feel like a failure at the end of the year. (I'm speaking from experience here). So this year, I've decided to keep myself accountable by tracking my goals with a simple journal. This journal is only 8 pages long - one page for every goal. These goals relate to my creative endeavours.
To create my goals, I simply added up what I'd achieved in 2015 and tripled that number. For example I posted to Instagram 36 times in 2015 so in 2016 I'll be posting to Instagram 108 times. I repeated this for the other creative areas of my life and came up with numbers to strive for as far as reading books, creating scrapbook layouts etc. is concerned.
OK, so I set my goals. But from past experience, I know that the act of setting goals doesn't mean that they'll be reached. I think it's necessary to "check in" with your goals throughout the year, so I made a journal that will be part of my Traveller's Notebook, which is something that sits on my coffee table all year, right in front of me-hard to ignore!
I used some basic tools to create an 8 page notebook and then decorated the cover with these BoBunny alphabet gold foil rub ons. If you haven't tried these, they are very easy to apply even though technically they're foil which is usually quite fragile. They're a great alternative to buying a Minc if you just want to add a bit of gold foil without splurging on a machine to do so.
Before I stapled the booklet together, I stamped each page with a, um, circular graph? I'm not sure what the name of the shape is but it's a sectioned circle with 36 separate sections. It was a part of a Studio Calico stamp set:
This circular graph is where I'll be keeping track of my progress. On each page, I typed the name of my goal below the graph and coloured in my progress with a coloured marker.
Since there are 36 sections and my goal is 108 posts, I divided 108 by 36 to get the number 3. Each section will be "worth" 3 Instagram posts. So after I've posted to Instagram 3 times, I can colour in a section. See how this keeps me in tune and on track with my goals?
Then, I stapled the pages together with my new Swingline long arm stapler.
Then I trimmed up the edges of the booklet using a craft knife:
Then I used a bone folder (a REAL BONE folder that my grandmother gave me!) to apply the gold foil rub ons:
And voila! A new goal tracker!
I know that my goal tracker is already working because one of my goals is to post to my blog 12 times this year and YAY!, I've already completed that goal for the month!