This is only my second time of posting my monthly goals online… and I have some immediate insights to share!
- I was shocked how going public with my hoped-for outcomes boosted my efforts. You’ll see below I didn’t achieve 100% success, but knowing I’d be back here reporting to you definitely changed my level of focus.
- Being realistic is vital. I took a hard look at my February calendar and saw that I simply must scale back my tasks this month. As the (British?) saying goes, you can’t pour a quart into a pint pot!
My January results
- Done: Reach 42,000 words of new novel. (24,000 this month.)
- Done: Do an email audit and produce a how-to resource on this topic. This was a hugely helpful exercise for me and forced me to get honest about all the information I invite into my inbox!
- Nope, in progress: Publish Indie With Ease through Ingram Spark.
- Done: Lots of website housekeeping.
- Done: 4 blog posts; 3 productivity newsletters; 1 fiction newsletter.
- Done: Pitch 4 podcasts. (Although only 1 “yes” so far!)
- Done but will need monitoring: Finish working through my Pinterest/Tailwind to-do list.
- Done: Do at least 2 of the mini courses waiting in my email.
- Done: Research conferences/training to attend this year. I’m volunteering at the San Francisco Writers Conference and will be attending Craft + Commerce. I’m really excited for both of these.
- Done: Register for 2-3 running events. I’ll be earning blisters in Golden Gate Park, on an airport runway and in this bit of wine country.
- Done: Meet up in person with author Julie Valerie. The most inspiring and useful Sunday I’ve spent in ages!
- Bonus: landed a webinar gig on Feb 27, Productivity for Author Publishers with the IBPA.
- Bonus: figured out my business tax forms for 2018.
- Habits: Meditated -22 days / Exercised -22 days / Tracked food eaten -20 days / Flossed teeth -30 days / Weight on Feb 1st – 131.4 / Books finished: 4.
- Curve balls! These included an unplanned trip to the DMV for my license (renewed online) which never arrived. Also, I had to deal with a large number of spam signups to my email newsletter. Big thanks to the Stop Forum Spam site for help in identifying who was bogus.
- I love beta reading for other authors but need to be more careful in commitments, especially for non-fiction. In January I read a useful guide for writers (it shall remain nameless) which was crammed with information, but also typos and inconsistencies. I ended up sending 10 pages of notes and estimate I spent at least 10 hours on this favor. Ugh.
- I did much better at not signing up for free email courses and webinars. This is tricky for me as there’s so much great information available, but a few of these each week do chew up several hours.
My February Monthly Goals
February is a short month and for 4 days I’ll be at the San Francisco Writers Conference. So I’m really trying to keep my goals under control!
- Prepare & deliver this productivity webinar for IBPA.
- Write 3 blog posts for the 85K Writing Challenge.
- Pitch 4 more podcasts.
- Research an organization where I’m thinking of leading a local chapter.
- 4 blog posts for my site; 2 productivity newsletters; 1 fiction newsletter.
- Publish Indie With Ease through Ingram Spark.
- Write 21,000 words of my next novel (or finish the first draft, whichever comes sooner).
- Take part in this fun online Chick Lit prize hop; mail prizes.
- 2 mini courses from my email backlog.
- Learn about AMS advertising & get started!
- Volunteer at the San Francisco Writers Conference.
- Personal: run a half marathon (already done, actually!), order new bedroom curtains, book UK hotel for June.
And, over to you! How was your January? What’s on the horizon for your monthly goals in February?