Have you thought about setting goals for your papercrafting hobby? Have you considered the direction you would like to head towards as a papercrafter? Download the FREE Papercrafters Goal Planner to start setting your own papercraft goals.
A while ago, I didn’t think that setting goals for my creativity was something I needed to worry about. The thought never even entered my mind. I was quite happy with creating my projects that I never thought setting goals was important. It wasn’t until I started working on the Papercrafters Goal Planner that I realized how my mindset was so wrong!
When I worked on my ideas, I discovered that I do actually have dreams & goals for my creativity. Goals that are very important for me to achieve.
I was able to determine the direction I wanted to head towards as a papercrafter & what I needed to do to get there.
Working out each step has helped me to become more focused. It’s now easier to concentrate on the specific areas that align with achieving my goals. As a result, I am no longer feeling overwhelmed nor lacking direction with what I need to do. I am more motivated, focused & have a path of direction.
I now believe that our papercraft goals are as important as any other goal that we set for ourselves. I’m sure that you will find & agree that yours are too!
Why Should You Set Goals in General?
Setting goals is like making personal promises to yourself with what you want to achieve. It’s one of the best things that you can ever do.
- Allows you to think about how you want to live your life
- Enables you to think about what you can do to make your life better
- Helps you to decide on the accomplishments that you would like to achieve
- Enables you to appoint an order of priority for what is important for you to do
- Gives you motivation & helps you to organize your time on the areas that matter most
- Assist you with direction & guidance to what you want for yourself in the upcoming months or year(s) ahead
You can set goals for almost anything in your personal life. Like your career, business, travel, fitness or even your blog goals. No matter what the goal, you can break them down into achievable, bite sized chunks. You can determine the right path to get there & work on those specific areas until the goal is complete.
By taking a step forward & following the right path you will reach your dreams & the lifestyle you want. You owe it to yourself to fulfill your goals to enable the life you have been dreaming of.
Why Should You Set Papercraft Goals?
It’s easy to forget about setting goals for your papercrafting. We tend to think that due to papercrafting being a hobby it’s not something we need to actually plan for.
But imagine if I were to give you a pen & ask you to write out your papercraft to-do list. You would include every single thing that you would want to learn, create & even teach others. Can you imagine how many ideas would be on your list? If you’re anything like me there would be heaps!
Every time we see a new design that inspires us we have the urge to re-create it. When we hear or see a new & interesting technique we want to learn it. If the ribbon drawer becomes overcrowded & it’s spilling out at the sides we want to organize it. When there are brand new & adorable product releases we want to buy them.
It’s not surprising that your to-do list has something different added to it every day. It’s growing longer by the day. It can often leave you feeling a little overwhelmed by it all & not knowing what to work on next.
There’s rarely enough time in the day to do all the things that we want to do. We have busy lives & sometimes there isn’t enough time left for papercrafting. So much to create with so little time. When we are able to grab some time at the craft table we often create on spur of the moment.
It’s easy to go from one project to the next & not consider if we’re heading towards our papercraft goals. We often lose direction of the path we want to take. Sometime’s even forgetting what we want to achieve as a papercrafter.
Let me ask you this;
- Do you want to venture further with your papercrafting?
- Do you want to get better at what you do?
- Are there any techniques that you would like to learn or improve upon?
- Is there another form of papercrafting that you want to take on?
- Would you like recognition as a more serious & accomplished papercrafter?
- Do you want to start or grow your papercraft business?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you definitely have some goals that you want to achieve.
With setting your goals you are making them more valid to yourself. By having a plan in place to achieve your goals you will have a higher success rate of completing them.
Knowing what you want to achieve in papercrafting will immediately put you a few steps ahead. You will have a much clearer understanding of the direction you need to go. You will have a better idea of what you need to do. Also, you will be more focused on the areas that matter most to the goals that you want to achieve.
This also means that when sitting at your craft table you can focus on exactly what you want to do. You will no longer be creating on spur of the moment. You will be able to create with a purpose to achieve your specific papercraft goals.
What Papercraft Goals Should You Set?
It can be quite difficult to know what goals to set for yourself as a papercrafter. You have so many ideas in your head that it’s like having 2,500 browser pages open all at once. You don’t know which ones to keep open or which ones to close.
Yet all you need to do is recognize & identify what you want to do & what you want to achieve.
For example, you may like to;
- Learn a new technique, how to design a shaker card or how to colour with Copic Markers
- Know how to use your Silhouette Cameo machine or to take part in online challenges
- Learn how to create your own profitable blog or to start your own online papercraft business
The list could go on & on as there are so many different opportunities for you to try. All you need to do is work out which areas you would like to work on the most. To help you do that, I have created the Papercrafters Goal Planner for you.
The Papercrafters Goal Planner
I have created the Papercrafters Goal Planner to help you recognize what your goals are.
The best way to know the goals you want to achieve is to work them out, step by step. So, we are going to take a small amount of time to think about what you want to do. We are also going to establish where you would like papercrafting to actually take you.
We are going to do this together, right now. All you need to do is follow the steps.
Are you ready? Let’s do this!!
Step 1: The Things You Need
Download & print the Papercrafters Goal Planner. Enter your details below.
Grab some sticky notes (or tear up some scrap paper into about 30 squares).
You will need a pen, also a pencil & eraser (to correct any mistakes if you need to).
Please note: I recommend using sticky notes for this process. It will be quicker & easier to write things down & reposition later if you need to.
Let’s get this goal party happening!
Step 2: Unloading Your Papercraft Ideas
Let’s discover all the papercraft ideas that you have swimming around in your head. Each of these ideas are taking up way too much head space. We are going to free up that space by unloading your ideas, one by one. You can do this one of two ways.
Sticky notes: Write each idea on a separate sticky note or piece of paper. When you have written one, set it aside in front of you. Continue to write your next idea onto another sticky note. You will end up with quite a few of them but each one will have a different idea. Keep adding to the pile until it’s time to stop.
Papercrafters Goal Planner (Page 1): Write & list each papercraft idea on a separate line. If you run out of lines & use up the whole page, turn it over & write on the back. Don’t worry about the category column right now. We will get to that a bit later.
You will have 15 minutes to complete this step. Set a timer for 15 minutes so that you are aware of how long you have left. The time is going to go pretty fast, so write your ideas down as quickly as you can. Aim to get as many ideas out of your head as possible & onto paper in that time frame.
Remember, these ideas are all about what you want to do & achieve in regards to papercrafting. Also, where you would like to see your future as a papercrafter?
Step 3: Categorizing Your Ideas
Once you have finished writing your ideas down you may like to sort out each idea into a category.
For example, your idea might be to sort out & tidy your ribbons. This would go into an ‘Organize’ or ‘Craft Room’ category. It might be to learn how to colour with Copic Markers. This would go into a ‘Learn’ or ‘Technique’ category.
It is completely up to you how you name your categories. Sort them out so it’s easier for you to identify which category has the most ideas. Write them down in the category column near your goal idea on Page 1 of the Papercrafters Goal Planner.
Step 4: Your Top Six Papercraft Goals
In this step, we are going to determine what your top six goals are. These are the goals that are the most important for you to achieve from your list of ideas.
This may seem like a large task to do especially if you have a lot of ideas written down. But it will help you decide which ones are crucial for you to succeed at now & which ones you can save for a later date.
Go through your goal ideas one by one. Ask yourself, “Is this a top priority for me to do right now or one that I can do later?”.
If it is a top priority, add it to one of the six goal boxes on page 2 of the Papercrafters Goal Planner. If it isn’t a top priority then add it to the ‘save for another time’ section. This will be a reminder that it’s still a goal that you would like to achieve later down the track.
It’s important that you go through every single goal idea & give it a place on page 2 of the Papercrafters Goal Planner.
You may find that all six boxes are already occupied & you still have some left to go. Take the time to decide which one is the most important out of the two. The new one in your hand or the one that’s already in the six boxes?
If the new one is more important, then remove one from the boxes. Place it into the ‘save for another time’ section. Now put your new goal idea into the vacant box.
Shuffle your ideas around until you’re happy with your first six goals. The top six goals should be what you want to achieve first & are of the highest priority to you.
You have completed this step when you have no goal ideas left to place on the Papercrafters Goal Planner. You should now have your top six goals in the boxes provided. The rest in the ‘save for another time’ section.
Congratulations! You now know what your top six goals are!
Step 5: Reviewing Your Goals
This step enables you to review each one of your six goals. You will be able to determine which ones are viable for you to work & focus on right now.
It will give you more insight of what each goal needs so that you can achieve it. These may be in form of tools & skills that you may or may not currently have. Also, it will enable you to determine an estimated cost & time frame needed to complete each goal.
Place three of your goal sticky notes (or write) in the boxes on page 3 of the Papercrafters Goal Planner. Then do the same with the remaining three goals on page 4.
Below each goal, there’s a column of boxes for you to write in the information needed to complete each goal.
- Tools Needed: Include any tools, materials, software etc, that you may need to buy
- Research & Skills Needed: Write any research that you will need to do or extra skills that you will need to adopt.
- Time & Cost for Each Task: Include an approximate cost & time for each of the tasks to complete. For example, consider cost & time for purchasing a specific tool, time to save up for it, delivery, etc. Also, don’t forget to include the time it will take to start & finish the goal.
- Estimated Total Time: Calculate & add all the time blocks together. Write the total amount of time in the box.
- Estimated Total Cost: Calculate & add all the cost amounts together. Write the total cost amount of time in the box.
Review one goal at a time until you have included all the details for all six goals.
Congratulations on finishing the hardest step!
Go grab a cup or glass of your favourite beverage. Take a few minutes to browse at the goal reviews you have written.
Now that you have completed this step, you will have a much clearer insight about each goal. A better understanding of what each goal entails, the tools & skills you are going to need. You now have an approximate cost & time frame that it will take to complete each goal.
Step 6: Goal Priority
This step will help you work out an order of priority for your goals & which one to complete first. You have reviewed your goals & now have a clearer understanding of what you need to complete them. It should be easier for you to establish an order of priority.
Your first goal to complete should be one that;
- You are most excited about
- Is the most important for you to achieve
- You already have as many of the tools & skills needed
- It takes the least amount of time & money to complete so you can achieve it quicker than the others.
This would be the goal that I recommend you should start to work on first. List it as Goal #1 on page 5 of the Papercrafters Goal Planner.
The more tools, skills, money & time that a goal needs, the longer it will take to achieve. This means that the goal has more requirements & you will need more preparation before you can complete it. I would recommend you to list this goal as a priority Goal #6 on the Papercrafters Goal Planner. It will allow you time & money to invest into it at a later stage.
Take a little time to work out the order of priority that you would like your papercraft goals listed. You would also need to take into consideration of the goals deadline & completion date. Work through the goals one by one until you are happy with their order of priority.
Step 7: Goal Steps
You are about to hit a home run! This last step enables you to take each goal & break it down into bite-sized chunks. You do this by deciding on the steps you need to take to complete it. You then need to organize the steps in order of priority to achieve your goal.
Write the first goal that you want to achieve onto page 6 of the Papercrafters Goal Planner. Then think about what would be the very first step you need to do. Write this in step #1. Then what would be your second step? Write it as step #2. Keep going until you have completed all the steps to accomplishing your first goal.
If it takes less than 5 steps to complete your goal then leave the other steps blank. If you need more steps, then break up the goal even more. Write them on the back if you like.
You will need to determine a start & finish date for each goal. Write them at the bottom of the page. This will hold you more accountable & will give you a time frame for you to achieve your goal.
Repeat the goal steps for your second & third goal only. I recommend that you only concentrate on your top three goals of priority first. This will ensure that you don’t get too overwhelmed & will help you to keep focused on your important goals. When you have achieved your first goal you can then work out the steps to your fourth goal & so on.
You have now completed your papercraft goal plans!
Be proud of how far you have come with setting your papercraft goals. At the end of it all, you have gained some important insights.
- You have the majority of your ideas out of your head & you know what your most important goals are
- Now that you have determined which goals are viable & are of priority, you can work on them straight away
- You can now focus on one step at a time which will cut out the overwhelm
- Your path will now be much clearer & you should now see how much easier your goals are to achieve
Setting your goals may sound a little daunting & boring, but if you want to get closer to your dreams as a papercrafter, it’s one of the best things that you can do for yourself! I promise you.
Got any questions or thoughts? What goals do you have?
I would love to hear them, so leave a comment so that we can chat 🙂
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