100+ SMART Creativity Goals

This page features a curated list of creativity goals. I created it as a source of inspiration for my 100 life goals project and wanted to share it with others in hopes of inspiring them to create their own goal list.

There is an overabundance of bucket list ideas circulating online that lack the necessary specificity, measurability, and time-bound nature to make them actionable goals. Therefore, I curated a list of SMART goals that are more specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

Whether you're young or old, there's something on this list for everyone. So, read on to discover some of the best creativity goals that can help you transform your life and achieve your dreams.

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* One more thing, if you decide to take part in any of the goals listed below, you do so entirely at your own risk. Some of the goal ideas listed here can be risky, so seek out guidance if you decide to try them out, especially the challenging ones.

With this in mind, let's rock and roll!!

 

100+ Creativity Goals

SMART Fine Arts Goals

Setting fine arts goals, such as creating and curating a solo art exhibition and showcasing it in a local gallery, can bring numerous personal-growth benefits. Firstly, it can help to develop your artistic skills and creativity, as you work towards producing a body of work that is of exhibition quality. This process can also help to build confidence in your artistic abilities and cultivate a sense of self-worth as you see your work come to fruition. Additionally, setting and achieving fine arts goals can provide a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, leading to increased self-esteem and motivation.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Create and curate a solo art exhibition and showcase it in a local gallery within the next 2 years
  • Learn how to create acrylic pouring art and create a series of 5 acrylic pouring pieces within the next year
  • Attend a masterclass with a famous artist and create a portrait in their style within the next year
  • Attend a calligraphy workshop and learn how to create beautiful hand-lettered pieces within the next 6 months
  • Attend a ceramics workshop and create a set of 4 handmade mugs within the next 6 months
  • Attend an advanced ceramics workshop and learn how to create and glaze large-scale pottery pieces within the next year
  • Learn how to create hand-lettered signs and create a custom hand-lettered sign for a local business within the next 6 months

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SMART Paper Art Goals

There are many benefits to doing paper art, whether it is origami, paper cutting, paper folding, or any other type of paper craft. Firstly, it can be a relaxing and therapeutic activity that helps to reduce stress and anxiety. The repetitive motions involved in paper folding and cutting can have a calming effect on the mind and body. Secondly, paper art can be a great way to improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, as it requires precision and attention to detail. This can also help to develop patience and perseverance as you work on more complex pieces.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Learn how to create paper art and create a series of 10 paper art pieces within the next year
  • Learn how to create paper mache sculptures and create a series of 5 sculptures within the next year
  • Learn how to make paper by hand and create a set of handmade greeting cards within the next 6 months
  • Learn how to create origami art and create a series of 20 origami pieces within the next year

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SMART Drawing & Painting Goals

When you engage in drawing or painting, you'll notice how it helps you to concentrate and focus better, allowing you to become more present at the moment. This can help to promote a sense of calm and relaxation as you immerse yourself in the creative process. Furthermore, drawing and painting can be incredible outlets for self-expression, providing a visual language to express your emotions and ideas. This can be a cathartic experience, which can help to alleviate stress and promote feelings of well-being.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Attend a cartooning class and create a series of 10 cartoons within the next year
  • Complete an online drawing course, with at least 20 hours of practice, within the next 3 months.
  • Complete a 365-day art challenge by creating a new piece of art every day for a year
  • Attend a watercolor painting class and create a series of 10 watercolor paintings within the next year

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SMART Acting & Performing Goals

Acting and performing can bring numerous benefits, whether you're pursuing it as a hobby or a career. It can help to improve your communication and interpersonal skills, as it requires you to listen, observe, and respond to others in a way that is authentic and engaging. This can also help to build confidence and self-esteem, as you learn to trust your instincts and take risks in front of an audience. Additionally, acting and performing can be a great way to develop empathy and emotional intelligence, as it requires you to understand and embody different perspectives and experiences. This can broaden your worldview and help you connect with others on a deeper level.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Attend an acting school and perform in a play or a short film within the next year
  • Attend an acting class and perform in a play within the next year
  • Attend a stand-up comedy workshop and perform a 10-minute set at an open-mic within the next year
  • Create and perform an original stand-up comedy routine at a local open mic night within the next 2 months.
  • Attend an improv comedy class and perform in an improv show within the next year
  • Attend a dance class and learn a new style of dance, perform at a dance showcase within the next year
  • Attend a professional dance training program for at least 6 weeks, starting in the next quarter.

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SMART Cooking Goals

Cooking is not only a practical life skill but can also be an enjoyable and creative outlet with numerous benefits. Cooking can be a therapeutic activity that helps to reduce stress and anxiety. The process of chopping, mixing, and stirring can be calming and meditative, helping to clear the mind and promote relaxation. Additionally, cooking can be an outlet for self-expression, allowing you to experiment with different flavors, ingredients, and techniques. This can be a form of creativity that is both satisfying and rewarding, as you can create unique and delicious meals that reflect your personal tastes and preferences. Furthermore, cooking can be a fun and social activity, providing opportunities to connect with others and share experiences.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Attend a cooking class and create a custom-designed dessert within the next 6 months
  • Attend a cooking class and learn how to create a 3-course meal with professional plating within the next year
  • Learn how to bake and decorate cakes and create a custom cake for an event within the next 6 months
  • Attend a cake decorating course and create a custom-designed wedding cake within the next year

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SMART Digital Art Goals

Digital art can be a limitless creative outlet, allowing you to experiment with different styles, techniques, and mediums. This can help to develop your artistic skills and abilities, as well as build confidence in your creative expression. Additionally, creating digital art can be a way to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as it requires you to think creatively and outside the box

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Learn how to create digital art using a graphics tablet and create a digital art portfolio within the next 6 months
  • Attend a digital music production class and produce a complete music track within the next 6 months
  • Attend a digital painting class and create a digital painting using new techniques within the next 6 months
  • Learn how to create 3D models and create a 3D printed object within the next year
  • Learn how to create 3D animations and complete a short film project within the next 2 years
  • Complete a graphic design course and create a portfolio of 10 professional-grade designs within the next year
  • Develop and launch a personal brand as an independent graphic designer, with a website and portfolio, within the next 3 months.

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SMART Books & Writing Goals

Setting SMART writing goals can bring numerous personal-growth benefits, whether you're a professional writer or just starting out. It can be a way to improve your communication skills, as it requires you to convey ideas and emotions effectively through written words. This can also improve your critical thinking skills as you learn to organize your thoughts and arguments in a clear and concise way. Additionally, writing can be a way to develop your creativity and imagination, as you create characters, settings, and plots in your stories. This can help to expand your perspective and worldview, as well as provide a sense of accomplishment and pride as you create and share your work.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Write and publish a collection of at least 10 short stories by the end of the year.
  • Attend a children's book illustration workshop and illustrate a children's book within the next 2 years
  • Attend a creative writing workshop and write a memoir within the next 2 years
  • Attend a writing retreat and complete a novel within the next 2 years
  • Attend a poetry writing workshop and write a collection of 10 poems within the next year
  • Attend a screenwriting course and write a feature-length screenplay within the next 2 years
  • Attend a writing workshop and complete a collection of 10 short stories within the next year
  • Write and illustrate a children's book and self-publish it on Amazon within the next 6 months
  • Learn how to create a comic book from start to finish and self-publish it within the next 2 years
  • Write and produce a short film, with a running time of at least 15 minutes, within the next year.

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SMART Voice & Music Goals

Whether you're performing for pleasure or for an audience, the experience of creating something beautiful with your voice or an instrument can be deeply rewarding. It can be an enriching and transformative journey that can help you to grow both personally and artistically. Additionally, learning to play a musical instrument or sing can be a form of stress relief and relaxation, allowing you to immerse yourself in the creative process and disconnect from the outside world.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Produce and release a 10-track album of original songs within the next year.
  • Write and record an album of original songs and release it on streaming platforms within the next year
  • Learn how to play a musical instrument and perform a song in public within the next year
  • Write and produce a podcast series consisting of 12 episodes within the next year
  • Attend a singing lesson and perform a song at a local talent show within the next 6 months
  • Learn how to create a podcast and launch a podcast on a creative topic within the next year

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SMART Poetry Goals

Poetry allows you to express yourself in a unique and creative way, helping you to develop your own voice and perspective. By putting your thoughts and emotions into words, you can learn to communicate more authentically. Poetry can also help you become more aware of your own emotions as well as the emotions of others. By exploring different themes and experiences through poetry, you can develop a deeper understanding of human emotions and empathy. Poetry requires focus and attention to the present moment, which can promote mindfulness and awareness. The act of crafting words and phrases can help you to be more present in the moment and engage fully with your thoughts and feelings.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Attend a poetry workshop and write a poem in a new style within the next year
  • Learn how to create pottery using the wheel and create a series of 5 handmade mugs within the next year
  • Attend a pottery painting class and create a set of 6 hand-painted ceramic plates within the next year
  • Learn how to make pottery on a pottery wheel and create a set of 6 functional pieces within the next 6 months
  • Attend a pottery class and create a series of 10 handmade bowls within the next year

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SMART Filming Goals

Whether you want to create short films, documentaries, or feature-length movies, filmmaking provides an outlet for creative expression. As a filmmaker, you have the ability to tell stories, convey messages, and evoke emotions through the power of visual storytelling. It is also a collaborative art form that requires teamwork and cooperation. Finally, filmmaking has the power to make an impact. Your films can inspire, educate, and entertain audiences, and have the potential to effect positive change in the world.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Attend a film editing course and create a short film using professional editing techniques within the next year
  • Write and produce a short film and submit it to a film festival within the next year
  • Participate in a public art installation project in my city within the next 2 years
  • Learn how to create stop-motion animation and complete a short film project within the next year

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SMART Carfs Goals

Crafting is an excellent way to express your unique perspective and style. You can make items that are uniquely you, and share them with others to showcase your personal style and creativity. It involves a wide range of skills, from drawing and painting to sewing and sculpting. As you work on your craft projects, you'll be developing and refining your artistic abilities.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Create a handmade jewelry collection consisting of 20 pieces and sell it on Etsy within the next year
  • Attend a jewelry-making class and create a series of 5 handmade beaded necklaces within the next year
  • Attend a glass etching workshop and create a custom-etched glass piece within the next 6 months
  • Attend a glass fusing workshop and create a custom fused glass piece within the next year
  • Learn how to create macrame art and create a series of 5 macrame pieces within the next year
  • Attend a metal casting workshop and create a custom metal sculpture in 6 months
  • Learn how to create metal jewelry and create a series of 5 handmade jewelry pieces within the next year
  • Attend a metalworking class and learn how to create a custom piece of jewelry within the next year
  • Attend a sculpture workshop and create a large-scale sculpture using recycled materials within the next 2 years
  • Attend a sculpture class and create a sculpture using a new material within the next year
  • Attend a woodworking workshop and create a hand-carved wooden sculpture within the next year
  • Attend a woodworking class and create a custom-designed piece of furniture within the next 2 years

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SMART Photography Goals

Photography is a powerful tool for expressing one's creativity and emotions. Through photography, you can capture your unique perspective on the world and share it with others. It is also an excellent medium for telling your stories. By capturing a moment in time, you can convey a powerful message or emotion that resonates with viewers.

Here are a few examples of SMART goals you can set in this particular area:

  • Attend a landscape photography workshop and create a series of 5 landscape photographs within the next year
  • Create and host a photography exhibition showcasing a series of 20 photos in a local gallery within the next 2 years
  • Attend a photography workshop and learn how to shoot and edit professional-grade photos within the next 6 months
  • Attend at least 5 photography workshops or conferences within the next 2 years to improve technical skills and network with other photographers.
  • Attend a portrait photography class and create a series of 5 portraits within the next 6 months

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Other Creative Goals

Overall, engaging in creative activities can have a wide range of benefits for both your mental and physical health. It can boost your mood and increase feelings of happiness and positivity. When you create something new, you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride that can help improve your overall sense of well-being. It can also help increase your self-awareness and self-expression. When you create something, you're expressing a part of yourself and your unique perspective, which can help you better understand and connect with your own thoughts and feelings. Perhaps most importantly, creativity can be a powerful tool for personal growth and self-discovery. By exploring your artistic side and pushing yourself creatively, you can develop new skills, learn more about yourself, and gain a deeper sense of self-awareness.

Here are a few more examples of SMART goals in the creative area:

  • Design and sew my own fashion collection consisting of 10 pieces and showcase it in a fashion show within the next 6 months
  • Learn how to create balloon animals and perform at a children's party within the next 6 months
  • Attend a basket weaving workshop and create a hand-woven basket within the next 6 months
  • Learn how to create beadwork jewelry and create a series of 5 handmade beadwork pieces within the next year
  • Attend a bookbinding workshop and create a custom-designed book within the next 6 months
  • Learn how to make candles and create a line of 5 different scented candles within the next year
  • Learn how to create embroidery art and create a series of 5 embroidered pieces within the next year
  • Attend a floral arrangement class and create a custom floral arrangement for an event within the next 6 months
  • Learn how to create resin art and create a series of 5 resin art pieces within the next year
  • Learn how to make artisanal soap and create a line of 5 different scented soaps within the next 6 months
  • Attend a makeup artistry workshop and learn how to create special effects makeup within the next year
  • Attend a floral design class and create a custom floral arrangement for a special event within the next year
  • Participate in a public mural project in the local community within the next 6 months.
  • Learn how to create streetwear designs and launch a small streetwear collection within the next 2 years
  • Attend a tattoo artistry workshop and learn how to create a custom tattoo design within the next 2 years
  • Learn how to create textile art and create a series of 5 textile art pieces within the next year

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