Before I look ahead to 2014, I thought I should look back to 2013, what worked and what didn’t work in my writing life.
I didn’t do a great job of keeping track of the goals all year long. I did complete many of them, but as far as documenting every little task related to each goal? Well, that became pretty cumbersome.
I also found that as the year went on, things changed. I needed to derail the timeline for one project because I got a YES to a freelance project. That isn’t a bad thing. It looks like I didn’t complete some goals, but truthfully I was working on things I couldn’t have anticipated when I made the goals in December of 2012.
By the Numbers
I created 11 goals for 2013. I fully completed or exceeded my goal for 7 of them.
I mostly completed 3 of them. I anticipate 1 more of these will be complete by the end of the year as I’m focusing on it in the month of December.
I didn’t even attempt 1 of them.
I’m not sure why that 1 was even a goal. I’m not sure I totally understood its purpose, which is probably why I didn’t do it.
I implemented Google Calendar, setting up different colors for my personal life, writing deadlines, blog posting schedule. This really worked and I could post deadlines or reminders well in advance.
Weekly To Do Lists
I maintained a weekly to do list. Every weekend, I’d assess what needed to be done in the week ahead and worked on it.
I was able to look back at my submission log and really assess how much I’d done over the year.
Where I Am Going From Here
I’m going to try to do quarterly goals and monthly focuses for next year. This will help me re-evaluate more often and adjust as necessary.
Stay tuned to next week. I’ll share my working template for 2014.