October Goals 2018

It’s October, one of my favourite months.  When the weather gets cold, the nights grow darker and there’s the hint of winter in the air. 🙂

Since we are in a new month, it’s time for goal setting!  For those new to my blog, what I do is set myself a list of goals for the month.  These cover several aspects such as writing, blogging, personal etc. I also keep them on My Goals page where I update the progress.

Title Image: 2018 Monthly Goals: October. Image: Calendar with pen

Since implementing my new schedule, I am hitting my goals harder.  I actually completed all 10 goals last month! 😀  *happy dance*

So let’s make some new ones!

[ W R I T I N G  ]

Title Image: Goals, My writing. Image: Pen on a pad of paper

01 Write 10,000 words of my current WIP, The Blessed

I am keeping this word limit during my busy period.  Eventually, I’d like to bump this up but I’m currently happy just reaching it 🙂

02 Complete 2 relevant location settings profiles for The Blessed

I need to always be aware of how much work I take on, so sometimes having smaller goals is better.  That’s why this is just for writing up 2 setting profiles.

[ B L O G G I N G ]

Title Image: Goals, blogging. Image: Laptop on desk

03 Update at least 15 earlier blog posts

While I managed to totally beat last month’s goal, I am dropping this to 15 as I’m in a busy period with my shop and really need to be more realistic with my time. I will be completely happy when I have sorted all these updates.

[ P E R S O N A L ]

Title Image: Goals, Personal.  Image: Sleepered feet and mug of cocoa

04 Reading Challenge 50 (1 book)

I am still pushing to make sure I complete at least ONE book a month, though as mentioned last month, I am no longer aiming to complete 50 books in the year.  You can see my progress on my Reading Challenge page where I list what I’ve been reading. 

05 Take 10 photos for “Image Book”

Most of you don’t know but my nephew who is currently 2.5 years old has some serious health issues and some developmental conditions.  He can make sounds but not real words.

This leads to frustration when he cannot express himself.  While he is learning Makaton signs, we need something to assist in the interim.

So I am in the process of making him an image book of family members, items, toys, actions etc that he can use to communicate certain things, in a hope of alleviating some of his stress.

06 Do some beta reading

I’ve been asked to be a Beta Reader again and I’ve agreed.  However, I’ve been rubbish at organising my time so I am putting it as an official goal to create an accountability.  This will make me block time to support these writers.

[ M A R K E T I N G ]

Title Image: Goals, marketing. Image: Graphs

07 Do at least 10 online courses

For those who don’t know I use Skillshare for my online courses.  They are video courses that are broken down into sections, there are 1000s available, covering numerous topics.

If you might be interested in trying out some online courses, check out my post on learning with Skillshare and click the link at the end of the article for 2 free months of Premium Skillshare Membership.

08 Plan some Newsletters

Oh yes!  I finally managed to launch my newsletter after MONTHS of planning,  It launched last Friday.  Woot!

This means a lot because not only does it mean another way to connect with people who follow me, but also that I am taking some responsibility and accountability in actually talking about my work.

Since I’m a fervent planner, I am wanting to get some of my upcoming newsletters planned.  I do not want to miss sending them out.

So what goal have you not yet completed?

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So if you’re writing goals, remember to create a plan/process for how you are going to complete them.  Make a list of steps that need to be done in order for the individual goal to be reached.

While I only show the goals here, the plans behind each one is a list that I follow, ticking off one by one. 

Good luck with all of your goals and I will see you on Wednesday for a new guest post!

Happy writing

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20 thoughts on “October Goals 2018

  1. I’m starting a new novel and like my first it’s all about settling in.

    October’s goal will be just that. Not only settling in but getting a firm grip on the plot and the characters. I’d like to at least have 30,000 words complete.

    As for my blog, just keep rolling along. Be consistent. Come up with better ideas and hopefully connect with more people.

    As for you……remember to breath and take at least one day off. 🙂

  2. This is really great. I really like that you are creating a photo book for your nephew. My son was severely developmentally delayed around that same age. He understood almost everything but communicating what he wanted/needed was a struggle for him. He was in the 1 percentile for expressive language and his peers were treating him much different than others. I think if he would have had a picture book it could have made it a little easier for him at the time. I think it is important to never give up on finding ways that will help him!

    We ended up doing our fair share of speech therapists, occupational therapists, etc. He has five different schools (and he is only in 1st grade). While that may sound overwhelming, he has taken every challenge like a champ. He finally found a school where it clicked. The teachers and school “get” him. In the past year he has made huge strides. He is now able to hold a conversation (although usually only about dinosaurs!) and he has learned how to read. Reading has opened up a whole new world for him. Anyway, to stop my rambling and getting back to my original point, everything you can do to help him communicate now will only help him down the road!

    Love the blog!

    • Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed this post.

      I am sorry to hear your son struggled developmentally too. It can be so difficult for them and those around them.

      Sadly we find the occupational therapists here to be less than useless, and still trying with the speech therapist.

      I hope the photo book helps, it became an idea after he was apparently gesturing at cars – it took a while to everyone to realise he was motioning to any red car, because I drive a red car (the rest of the family all drive, white and grey, so I think mine stands out).

      He was frustrated that no one understood what he was trying to communicate. That’s when the idea of a laminated photo book that we could keep around might be helpful, so if he wants to go to the playground or the ducks, or sees a car or something he can flip to the image representing it in the book.

      We are going to do the same for learning colours and numbers too. He is very bright, though his attention is very fractured, I am hoping this will give some help 🙂

      I am so glad to hear your son is doing better and you are so right, doing whatever we can early on can definitely give them a good choice in the future 🙂

      Thanks for commenting and have a great weekend.

  3. I love the way you’ve structured all your goals. Eventually, I’d like to rehash the way I set my own goals, but for the moment it works best for me to take things a week, or even a day, at a time. Between my penultimate semester of uni, part-time work, my creative projects and all sorts of family commitments, my life can be pretty unpredictable, and schedule and goal setting is just too stressful. As you seem to have discovered, it’s important to figure out what works best for you. All the best to your nephew – the image book is a great idea!!

    • Thanks Rebecca 🙂 I know what you mean. I love my monthly goals, but then I have my new schedule set for how I work them to give me the best chance of completing them.

      In the end, we all have to do what works for each other, because trying to match someone else’s system won’t always work. I was pleased with my new schedule that gives me block days for certain tasks, I can’t believe how productive I can be.

      Now I just wish my computer was faster, I feel I struggle with some of my time due to the slowness of this damn machine! :p

  4. There’s something super exciting about a new month and new goals! And I’m sorry about your nephew. He sounds so lucky to have an aunt like you, though. Good luck with everything this month. 🙂

    • Hi Madeline, thanks for reading 🙂 That is true, there is an excitement with starting a new month and creating new goals.

      I like these “fresh beginnings” especially if the month before went so well 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words, my nephew is doing okay and hopefully anything we can do to help his development will give him a better lease on life. 🙂

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