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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
1:00 AM | Posted by Sabrina Shields | | Edit Post
|What's Your 2013 Goals Cocktail?|
Today I want to focus on the three main guidelines I'm going to use this year.
1. What Worked
2. What Didn't
3. Things I Know I Need To Change
At first glance these might seem like a cop-out as guidelines but there is much depth to these three points that should be explored before any smart author goes into making a new set of goals for writing and for their career. I'm going to put myself out there a little today and go through each step. At the end I won't have my list of goals yet for the year, but I will have all the information I really need to understand to set goals that are more tailored to me and my needs and abilities. I hope my examples will help you take a good look at yourself and your process. With a deep breath, let's start.
1. What Worked
- Writing at lunchtime worked when I actually left my desk
- Setting aside 2 hours min. a weekend worked - there was at least 2 hours one day all for me
- Having my laptop on the couch so I could write while I spent time with hubby "watching" TV
- Writing at the bookstore
- Writer Chats - I wrote more, brainstormed more, etc - BUT need to work on time
- Knowing my average word count and being pleased when I made it
- When my writing area/desk is clean I write more on the fly
2. What Didn't Work
- Trying to write at my desk at lunch
- Thinking I could write on both Saturday & Sunday - it happened but was rare
- Writing on vacation - NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN - GIVE IT UP!
- Trying to keep my review blog full time and write too - SO not working
- Set writer chats - might need to see if we can rotate days sometimes
- Setting outrageous word goals for myself and then getting depressed when I missed the mark
- Spent too much time on craft books - JUST WRITE
3. Things I Know I Need to Change
- Limit Book Review blog to 2-3 Days a week and forget about the other days.
- Limit myself to 1 craft book every 3 months
- Don't focus on big conferences - attend smaller regional ones this year
- Stop letting my office be the catch all for the house - keep it clean
- Stop avoiding sharing my word counts - or lack thereof
- SHARE MY WORK - it's time to put on the big girl panties
So that's a rough look at the start of my process. I'm going to take these 3 main areas and add to that my average word counts per week, what months I can look back on and see I NEVER write, what months I'm the most productive, what special events I have coming in 2013, etc. All of that will come together for me to really set an outline for my year and what my expectations should be. And let's not forget what my hopes will be as well - you have to hope beyond the norm.
My 2013 Goals Cocktail? A shot of reality, a dash of hope, a spritz of inspiration and success being the oh-so-awesome olive I enjoy at the end.
Now it's your turn: Give me at least 1 example from each of the 3 guidelines just to help start you off. How do you go about evaluating how your year has gone before setting your new goals? Or do you never look back and just press on? Don't go hiding from setting goals. It's a cliche for a reason - a goal without a plan is just a dream!