I had a real whirlwind of a year in 2015. I toured San Francisco visiting Design Studio, IDEO, Facebook, Pixar (PIXAR!) and other creative companies with my amazing Special Edition course-mates, spent a weekend in Paris at IT'S ART's first Masterclass - getting portfolio reviews from Marc Simonetti AND Raphael Lacoste, holy crap - and visited New York with my parents to celebrate my 30th birthday. I crammed in a lot of time with friends, hit 45kg on the bench press, and finally nailed my surf pop-up. I didn't manage to fit in everything I wanted to do, so I spent a lot of time in December thinking about what I wanted to make happen in 2016, and how I was going to do it.
When I took part in Special Edition, one of the best lessons I learned was the importance of setting SMART goals - Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-Bound. Ok, the acronym varies a little depending on who you ask, but you get the idea. I set too many goals for last year and the year before and flumped a lot of them, so this year I'm focusing on Realistic, and keeping the list small. I'm also not plotting all the way to December yet. Once I've hit these milestones, I'll add a few more.Read More