2018 is here. Truthfully, I don't know whether to be excited or scared. Maybe I'm a little bit of both. I'm setting some pretty large goals for myself this year and as I'm sure you know, saying you're going to do something is a lot different from actually doing it, so I'm going into this whole venture knowing it's going to be tough to maintain, but also, that it's crucial to me succeeding as a writer and on a larger scale, as a person.
So here goes...
This post is the first of twelve, one per month where I plan to share my goals for the month and how I plan to achieve them. After a lot of consideration, I came up with a very simple goal planning sheet for the month. It includes the following categories: Work, Relationships, Home, Inspiration/Adventure, Health, and Personal Development. Then, I thought about the big things I need to achieve for the month and wrote them down. This is what it looks like (sorry for the horrible handwriting):
After, I started thinking about how to achieve these goals. Some are simply a matter of deciding to develop a habit--like drinking more water or walking 5 times per week while others require more planning, like completing a story draft or developing and writing a new one. For goals like those, I developed project timelines. I broke them down into smaller steps and gave myself deadlines to complete those steps. Most of these, like my two story projects: The Imperfect Art of Letting Go and Bait, will carry on for months more, but the timelines give me direction for this month and the subsequent ones. Here's the project timeline for Art of Letting Go:
With that done, I can start breaking things up by week/days and putting them into my January calendar.
As promised, here is the stack of books I'll read this month. One of Us is Lying is my book study book, but this month I will post the very first book study I did last month first and the One of Us is Lying study next month since it will take me a bit of time after reading to assemble my findings.
The Actual List of Titles (in case you can't read them all)
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds by Michael Hauge
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
Strange Weather by Joe Hill
Lights Out by Ted Koppel
Now I have a clear idea of what I need to do and when and a weekly plan to get it all done. I'm not entirely sure if this plan will work, if I'm planning to tackle too much or too little. This is something I hope to discover and I plan to be brutally honest about my progress as I go. I know things will come up that I'm not expecting and that I will have setback days. My hope is that by breaking it up this way and making concrete lists, I'll be able to pinpoint when things go off track and get back on track quickly. Tomorrow, I'll post how all of this breaks down daily and what morning and evening routines I've started using that help me get the most out of each day now (things I put into place this past year). What about you? How are you tackling your goals for 2018? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it. I'm hoping the comments can become a place where we share tips back and forth. Until tomorrow then...
AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!