Have an idea? Write it down. Have a goal? Write it down. And that is what I do on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. I make short term goal lists as well as long term. And then, of course, I have the big one, my bucket list. I know a lot of people are against bucket lists because "it's not like you're dying", but I am a really big fan of them.
I made my bucket list a few years ago after watching the MTV show, "Buried Life: What do you want to do before you die?". I found it inspiring, and I know that I have plenty of years ahead of me, but nothing is guaranteed and I think by now we know how fast time can fly by. So, I made my list and included my top travel destinations (this area of my list needs some new checks asap), my long term goals, small things I've always wanted to do just never "had time", local beaches and museums, foods I wanted to try, etc. Your list can be anything. Surprisingly I only had 88 things on my list. Everything else is a bonus.
Now time for the "goals" list. I sometimes call them little errands, but they are the little steps I need to get done in order to make the bigger list a little easier. For example, I wanted to get new representation, but before I started making phone calls I wanted to get new pictures. Before I got new pictures, I wanted to get a new haircut. In order to set up my head shot session, I had to make sure that I had budgeted correctly so that I wouldn't show up to my head shot session stressing out about how I was going to cover for all of these expenses. All of this was most likely written down.
I don't think there is anything wrong with making a daily "to do" list. The quicker I can get my personal errands done, the faster I can get to editing a project or writing a new sketch. Maybe you have always wanted to write a short? Or take some new promotional pictures, write it down. Once you have written it down. Email it to yourself. Print it out and post it somewhere you are likely to look on a regular basis.
If I write my list down in a notebook then that's where it will stay, in the notebook. It's not because I don't want to accomplish theses goals, but life moves so quickly and I will probably get caught up in something else. If you have it in a place where you can see it, you're more likely to look at it be reminded that a certain workshop that you have been wanting to take is approaching or a self made deadline is coming up and it's time for you to get to work, ASAP.
Not to mention, it feels pretty stinkin awesome to make a check off that list. Or for those things you would like to continue doing, you can always color coordinate it. Every so often I print out new lists and color some things in either red or blue. Red means it is something that I did once and I don't really care to do, and blue means that I have done it and I would like to continue doing it. For me, donating blood is written in blue letters.
A new year is quickly approaching. It may be a good time for you to make a list of your own. Doesn't have to be big, and remember, you can make a new list any time. Hope you had a wonderful 2014. Let's bring in a positive new year!