How I Plan and Execute Multiple Creative Projects Every Year

Firstly, I think it’s important to set a word of the year or select three “core desired feelings” to guide the trajectory of the year ahead. My word for this year is FLOW.

I think having a word of the year is a great way to easily stay on track without needing to look back at your list of goals every day.

That being said, I am the type of person who needs to set specific, measurable, achievable goals each year in order to feel like I’m pushing myself to grow.

I start by making a list of goals I want to complete. I usually have a couple financial goals, some fitness-related goals, but mostly focus on creative and career goals. Relationship and friendship goals are also good to have! Then I put the goals into a table separated into Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Ongoing columns.

How I Plan and Execute Multiple Creative Projects Every Year
How I Plan and Execute Multiple Creative Projects Every Year

Then, I list out the months and organize projects into each month. I then parse out each week.

How I Plan and Execute Multiple Creative Projects Every Year
How I Plan and Execute Multiple Creative Projects Every Year

From here, I transfer all of the daily and monthly to-do items to my digital calendar and to-do manager (I use teuxdeux). Items that are recurring will populate automatically. For example, I pay my credit card bill and update my net worth on the 15th of each month. This is a recurring item in my calendar and my to-do app.

As you can see, none of this is revolutionary. I plan out my year and then put it into my calendar.

Actually doing the work is arguably much more difficult, but If I have a structure like this, I’m much more likely to actually sit down and get things done. I never wake up in the morning wondering “what will I make today?” because I already know that I should be writing or reading or working on one of my monthly projects.

One day, I hope that my method for planning yearly projects will flow more easily, hence why my word for 2018 is FLOW. But for now, this is the system that produces results and makes me feel accomplished in reaching yearly goals.

I'd love to hear how you organize yourself each year! Do you use a paper and pen? Spreadsheets? Everyone has a different way of doing things and it's fun to experiment with new methods.

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How I Plan and Execute Multiple Creative Projects Every Year