For those who don’t know, I stopped doing New Year’s Resolutions and moved to do monthly goals instead. These work so much better for me.
I put up my monthly goals on my blog to help keep me focused and to give me some accountability to my readers.
Last Month’s Goals
Due to a pretty rough November and December, I only gave myself 3 goals in December…and failed to complete them.
1 – Write something – Nope, I just never got to do that. By the end of the month I was just emotionally wrung out – FAILED
2 – Plan 2 months of blog content – I actually did this. After my computer got repairs and I was able to retrieve my data, I filled in my Content Calendar for the next two months – COMPLETED
3 – Read 2 books – I had hoped with it being over the holidays that I’d actually get chance to read. And I usually get gifted books for Christmas. Firstly, I got no books for Christmas and secondly, I ended up managing only 1 book – PARTIALLY COMPLETED
This month’s goals
01 – Write 30k
This will put me on track for the 85k Writing Challenge that I am doing. The aim of this challenge is to write 85,000 words in 90 days (Jan to Mar). That’s just less than 1,000 words a day.
I don’t have a strong outline to work from but I do have a plot, characters and a location.
02 – Update 10 old posts
I was updating old posts through most of last year, then I ended up getting waylaid. I want to go back over my older tutorials, make sure they are re-edited, include backlinks and add in extra content.
I’m hoping that this year I will complete the updates of all older posts and can look ahead to dealing with newer content.
03 – Finish packing
We are hoping that the purchase of our house will go through this month. But you can’t always predict these things. I have been looking to pack up as much non-essential stuff as possible so that when the purchase finalises, we can move instantly.
04 – Sort paperwork
Throughout November and December, I was dealing with my terminally ill cat and managing the Christmas rush on my shop. I lost focus and let all the paperwork and accounts fall to the wayside.
I want to get these updated and organised this month. I’m already going to be slowed down when we move, so I want to minimise just how much catching up I need to do.
05 – Scripting
One of my new projects is to start on YouTube. I am going to use this month just to script out at least two videos and plan the graphics too. That way I can hit the ground running next month (maybe).
So, do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Or prefer to stick to monthly/quarterly goals?
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Five goals aren’t much, but with a house move looming the last thing I want to do is become overwhelmed with too many goals. I think five is just the right amount to start the year off with.