I've found the same to be true for sewing. As I've mentioned before, I've never been as productive as during my Seven-Week Project. It was definitely stressful and intense at times, but I was sewing SO MUCH and it made me really happy.
Right now, my Big-Picture sewing goal is very clear to me, as I explain on my About page:
1) Improve my technical sewing and pattern-drafting skills.
2) Develop a visual language that feels so deeply natural to me that everything I make one day should scream "Adrienne".
As for my "medium-term" sewing goals, I committed to making pants with a fly zipper this year as a sewlution over on Did you make that? That's about as defined as it goes.
So although I've talked about my own sewing goals so far, the main point of today's post is really to ask you: How do go about setting your sewing goals? What do your sewing goals look like? How effective has this system been working for you?
I know some of you really liked the Sew Weekly for exactly these reasons -- it gave you little goals and kept your sewing momentum going. (By the way, does anyone know what the deal is with the Sew Weekly these days?) I know other bloggers have a goal of publishing two finished projects per month on their blogs. Other bloggers, like Miss P, do a finished projects round-up every month to hold themselves accountable, which instill, I imagine, a little bit of fear throughout the month.
So tell me, what's your approach? Are you a goals person? I really look forward to reading your advice and inspiration!