I wonder, does anyone else inhabit the same space in the world that I do? The space that has so many ideas, hopes and dreams, such desire to achieve these ideas, to be better, to be amazing, to do more, to work continually to reach where you want to be… BUT is disorganised, unfocused, flits from idea to idea, feels lost, defeated, can’t be bothered, buried in self-doubt and is one’s own worse critic?
Ok, so I may be exaggerating somewhat but it’s a hard balance to feel completely comfortable with. Being creative is new to me, and I mean completely new. I have a scientist’s brain, I’m a planner, I work with logic and precision, or at least I used to.
Don’t misunderstand me I like new, creative me but I’d like a mix of creativity with organisation.
This post is my scientist brain’s which I’m certain is still buried in there guide to achieving your dreams.
- Know what you want to achieve – just vaguely at this stage, so for me it would be to get published more widely
- Set goals – yes, it can be SMART goals if you want but I’m not going to advocate overthinking things, a well thought out goal is likely to be SMART anyway.
My goal: To submit my poetry to five different publications/publishers each month.
This goal says what I’m going to do, how often and sets a timescale… that’s SMART enough for me!
- Break down your goals into smaller tasks note to creative brain
. . . ‘This is called planning’
– Research publications that are accepting submissions
– Research the type/style of poetry they publish *know your audience* e.g. if they only publish free verse then don’t submit rhymed poems
– Select poems or write new ones that meet the requirements
- Keep records – this can be a fancy spreadsheet, a list saved to a laptop, phone etc., or written in a pretty notebook in glittery pen. If you have a poor memory then keeping a note of which poems you’ve submitted to who and when will be crucial.
- Keep more records – be sure to update aforementioned fancy spreadsheet with any responses you receive.
- Review your progress – if you want to achieve your goals there’s little point in putting it off until the very last minute. This will just make you stressed. If your goal is monthly then review at the end of each week, this will allow you to adjust your plans if necessary.
- Reward yourself – for me any positive feedback from publishers is enough to illicit a little happy dance, even more so if they want to include my work, but a reward to yourself acknowledges the work you’re doing and may help in keeping the momentum going
- Keep going – whatever the outcome be proud that you have put in the work and have faith that continued effort will achieve results.