In a post that resonated with many of you, Doing What You Love, I discussed the process of actively taking steps to get from point A to point B in your life and mentioned that one way I moved forward during times of uncertainty (of which there were many) was by actively making lists of goals.
I was really serious about that list-making, too. One of the drawers in my flat files is devoted to storing old notebooks. These notebooks date back to around 2002 and are packed with notes and thoughts about what I wanted my path to be. Looking back, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with my life but I knew it would include a combination of art and design. As the notebooks progressed, I did a lot of sketches of art pieces, began thinking more about my website and jotting down new ideas for design projects. Somewhere around 2005, I started making lists of potential design programs. Everything continued to progress from there. I had a few setbacks along the way but I kept pushing forward because it felt right. I worked through what I wanted first on paper, then made a plan of how I thought it was most feasible.
I still actively keep notebooks but these days, they are mostly filled with thumbnail sketches of logos, ideas for blog posts and client feedback. I also keep a daily planner now as well (you can see some of my old ones on the top of that stack). I know that many of you use digital means to track your to-do lists and goals but there’s something incredibly satisfying to me when I write everything out. It’s cathartic, a release. When I cross an item off, I’m letting go and moving on.
Looking back, I didn’t always know what exactly I was doing or how I was going to make it happen. All I knew is that I needed a change and I needed to feel like I was moving forward each day. Sometimes, all it takes to get started is a pen, paper and the drive to create change in your life, no matter how small it may seem at the time.