Happy new year! I’m so glad to see 2019, it feels like the time is right to get myself back out there and be creative again. This year will see some changes to the style of my work, as well as my social media presences. But change is good, and this one, in particular, will be great. In this post, I’m going to be looking at how to get the best out of 2019 as a creative person.
Having said that, I know from experience that in order to get the best out of things, you need structure. Not always, but when it comes to my work, structure definitely helps. I really envy people who can just go with the flow with their workload, but for me, 2019 means having a plan.
So, with that in mind, I’ve put together a little plan for myself (and any other creative freelancers) who want to know how to get the best out of 2019. If that sounds like something you’d like to work on too, then keep reading.
How I Plan To Have A Productive 2019
I know there’ll be a million of these posts floating around as we head into January, but I’m writing one anyway. The pointers here are mainly for me to use as I inevitably drift through the quieter parts of the year, but I hope you find them helpful too.
So, where to start?
I’ve written before on my writing blog about the benefits of using a bullet journal. I’m going to start as I mean to go on in 2019 and use one as my own personal guide book. There are loads of different ideas of bullet journal spreads out there, especially on Pinterest.
The ones I’ve chosen so far include a happiness tracker, where I write one positive thing sown on a line a day, a monthly ‘intentions setting’ page and a weekly spread with a very small ‘to do’ list area. Keeping it small and simple is going to be a key theme of this year for me!
Slimline The Social Stuff
I have, at present, more social media accounts than the average whole family has. Honestly, I have way too many profiles on way too many networks, so I plan to streamline these down to two. One for my writing work and the other for Rosarts.
I am a bit of a social media addict though, so hopefully this won’t be too much of a wrench! It needs to be done though; with fewer plates to spin, I can focus more wholly on the channels that work best for my business, without them eating into my personal life as they have done previously.
Set Small Goals
One of the reasons I got so frustrated with things the first time around is that I set huge targets for myself that
I’m not sure if I’m the only one who does this, but goal setting sounds a lot easier than it actually is. We push ourselves to master everything so quickly, and then when it becomes too much, we give ourselves a hard time.
Small goals. Only small ones.
By that, I mean I will stop comparing what I do to the work of others. It’s really easy to look at other creatives with green-tinged eyes, but it’s not fair or helpful to draw comparisons. This year, I’m going to appreciate the work I do in its own right and not hold it up against that of more successful artists.
If you do this too, then I feel your pain. Let’s stop together.
Positive Self Talk
I am my own worst enemy when it comes to being nice to myself. This year, in order to get the best out of 2019, I promise to be kind to myself and accept any compliments that might come through about my work. It’ll mean changing the habits of a lifetime, but I have to stop being so rough on myself, or I’ll never make it.
You have my permission to tell me off if you see me being hard on myself online, ok?
Create New Work
Recently I’ve been taking my artwork in a newer direction and I’ve absolutely loved it. This year, I’m going to set time aside to create new things. It’s important to keep things fresh and to improve my skills as often as I can – it’s the only way to make progress. Plus, being creative means evolving and testing new lines of enquiry all the time, so I’m making it a priority for 2019.
So there you have it, some tips for how I plan to get the best out of 2019. Hopefully they will help me to grow and develop my skills as well as to grow and build my little business dream.