Do your short term goals conflict with long term goals?

Short term goals:  Make 2 button bracelets today.  Make one contact. Return phone calls.  Fill 2 orders and mail out.
Long term goals:  Complete my BA in fine arts.  Be a jillionaire within 10 years!

Recently, I felt very stressed when my short term goals conflicted with my long term goals.  Which is more important?  Do I work on my short term goals at the expense of my long term goals?

This is the holiday season and the time of year to max out on sales and marketing. Create, create, create!  Holiday open houses, online sales, craft fairs.  Orders to fill!  

I also have some long term goals that I’m working towards.  Do I stop temporarily and work on the holiday items and short term goals?  This will increase my business financially and give me marketing presence, putting long term goals on the back burner, possibly delaying their fruition.

I’m very good at portioning out my days adding both short and long term components and that works most of the time.   It’s when I have orders to fill (short term) and time that needs to be spent working on an art project (long term,) that I’m left with stress and lack of sleep!

It’s all good stuff!  No complaints when orders are pouring in!  Just wondering how to reduce the stress level and balance out the goals.

So, tell me how you deal with the long term/short term goal issue.  How do you deal with the stress of juggling the holiday season’s demands and stay on target for the future? 

Please share your thoughts and ideas with me!  (OK, maybe next year I can create the holiday items sooner!  That might be a good place to start!) 

And because I like to leave you with some useful information, here’s a tip for creating goals:
Use the SMART mnemonic –

  • S – Specific (or Significant).
  • M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

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