Setting Creative Micro-goals

A member in an online group I lead suggested that instead of having "a challenge" we have a micro-challenge. Instead of "Make X Type Doll" we would choose "Make arms for X type doll." It was pretty successful, so each week a discussion thread has focused on goals for the week. Some of us need the structure of community for encouragement to create.

The pandemic has caused many of us to lose some creative focus and to be isolated. With extra work and constraints on everyone's plate, it really makes sense to set smaller goals. Ecouraging each other in meeting those goals has been key. Also key is having Zoom meetups where we share what we've accomplished. It's been rewarding to see others make progress and motivating to try to make progress on our own goals. If someone doesn't make progress that week, we carry goals over to the next week. We attend to see what others have been doing and to cheer them on. Win-win. 

So micro-goals are simply the smaller steps needed to meet a larger goal. "Make a doll" becomes choose pattern, cut out pattern, trace pattern on fabric, cut out pattern get the idea. It's kind of like picking a bouquet...every bouquet begins with one picked flower. It's the collection of flowers that makes it a "bouquet"

If you want to read another post about finishing projects, go here

If you'd like to read more about setting micro goals, go here: 

On the power of small wins:

This past week has brought some unexpected challenges our way, which aren't about creativity. I'm trying to remember that small steps can make for big accomplishments. 

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