There’s something exciting about a new year and all the possibilities ahead! I stumbled across this list of resolutions for creative professionals, and feel inspired to do some good in the year to come…really want to set aside some time to do a little artwork for myself. Here are snippets from my favourite resolutions in the article, enjoy! (and I nearly peed my pants in surprise when I read #3!)
1. Create art for art’s sake. …find the medium closest to your heart and work like a fool creating something totally wonderful with no intent of selling it, ever.
2. Do pro bono work. Somewhere out there is a community or non-profit organization looking for someone to redesign their Web site or create a logo… Find the organization that moves you and volunteer your services…
3. Commit to environmentally responsible solutions. As designers of physical stuff, we can help this old stressed earth by cutting down on waste and toxic products, by making smart choices, and by eschewing extravagance. There are tons of ways to do so cheaply, efficiently, and creatively. Start with Heather Castles’… “66 Simple Ways to Be Green“. You may become an expert in green design and pick up a few environmentally-aware clients along the way.
4. Thank the people you work with and for. We are lucky people: we get to do what we love, and people pay us to do it. Or if they don’t pay us, they assist us with services and products. Thank them. Thank them sincerely, not just now with a holiday card, but through the year as you work alongside them. It’s a nice thing, gratitude. It’s free and it makes everyone feel good. The world should be full of it.
5. Thank the people who put up with you. Let me guess, some mornings you’re a little grumpy. Sometimes when the cash isn’t flowing, you’re a little prickly. Sometimes clients and vendors drive you up the wall. And who catches the flak? It’s the people you love. So thank them for putting up with your foul moods and erratic behavior, your zany theories on art and the metaphorical eraser crumbs you leave behind. Because without those people, nothing would be worthwhile.
6. Reconnect with the love of art. There’s a reason you got into this business, and chances are it wasn’t money. It was your love of art, how it moves you, what it means to society, and why you’re so driven to create it. Make a commitment to reconnect with the passion that got you started…
7. Teach someone… because someone taught and inspired you, because it’s too wonderful a love not to pass on, because no bond is as endearing as that of teacher and student…
…9. Create a road map to success. Dreaming it is the first step, making it happen comes next. Create a plan that includes every task you need to perform along the way to your vision. Mark the major milestones on your calendar and keep to your plan all year long. Carpe diem! Success only happens for those who make it happen. The clearer you are about goals and tasks, the better chance you’ll have of success.
Written By Eric J. Adams | CreativePro.com