I had already donated a ton of CDs, books, clothes and other knick-knacks to the Vietnam Veterans twice this past month with another pile already accumulating. I deleted a ton of emails from my draft folder including my inbox. I threw out a ton of paper from our files. I even went through the pantry, cupboards and refrigerator. I still have books, toys and other miscellaneous items, but at least I can see what I have and don’t.
I guess you can say I’m ready for 2015, right?
Not before though I’ve written my 2015 goals. Goals are only good if they are measurable and achievable. I focus only on quarterly goals because I know that this chunk of time will help me determine if I’m making progress towards that goal. But I also make sure to follow-through with action steps otherwise they stay “goals” and there’s no way to determine if I’ve been successful with any progress. Tonight I asked my son to write goals complete with action steps, and he said, “Mommy, enough with the action steps. Let me just write the goals!” LOL.
Here’s an example of a measurable goal with action steps:
1. Revise a chapter a week with my editor.
2. Submit a finished chapter a week to my beta readers.
I also wrote the timeline schedule for the remaining numbers of chapters and sent that off to the editor so she can evaluate it. It looks like I’ll be finished with revising the manuscript by mid-late March 2015 if I stick to the schedule.
So as you can see, there’s the element of measurability and achievability when evaluating your writing goals for 2015. If I get off track, then I also have my editor to help me with accountability. Chances are though, if you’re very clear on your goals and actions steps, you are accountable to yourself and there isn’t so much wiggle room to astray.
Question: How are you determining your goals and action steps? Are you setting them up as yearly or quarterly goals?
Bring on 2015! I’m ready!