Goals 2012

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I’m taking a page from my ROW 80 friends, Gloria Richard and Jenny Hansen and posting my goals for 2012. Just to let you know, unlike the ROW 80 peeps, I will not be checking in on Fridays and letting you know how I’m doing. Not because I don’t love you all, but mostly because I’m blogging enough for ten writers this year and I simply can’t add one more blog to the list. Instead, from time to time I’ll jump on and celebrate (or not) and let you know where I am.

So, this is the list of goals I sent out to my goal setting group, Writing Gaim, hosted by Amy Atwell. (I’m actually on the fifth goals setting group that Amy has set up, so you won’t see my goals on the site. But jump on over to Amy’s site and see all the cool things she has to offer.)

Jessica Aspen Goals for 2012
  1. Polish and submit TQH , (January) continue to submit as needed
  2. Polish and submit BW
  3. Outline and write  DW second novel in BW series-possible #BIAY
  4. Add BIAY page to my website and update monthly
  5. Polish and submit DW 
  6. Re-vamp novella-Rogue Enforcer, and publish
  7. Outline and write GB (new novella) (February)
  8. Polish and submit GB
  9. Start thinking about 3rd book in Enforcer series
  10. Outline and write sequal to TQH book (If TQH is accepted, this becomes a priority)
  11. Attend Rom con 2012 (already purchased ticket)
  12. Go to RWA Nationals in July
  13. Market all books (Little Red Riding Wolf focus for Jan and Feb)
  14. Keep up with personal site and improve it, blog 3 days a week
  15. Finish business plan
  16. Outline a YA and write for NANO (if not working at MP)
  17. Keep up with PNRF and improve site, blog once per month
  18. Take Bob Mayer class and keep up with it (Jan and Feb)
  19. Work at applying analytics and website knowledge to sites
  20. Write five days per week, 3 hours per day (actually I want to have butt in chair for 6 hours per day)
  21. Goal is 2k/day, expanding to 3k/day
  22. Or edit 15-20 pages per day
  23. Market 1-2 hours per day
  24. Increase presence on Goodreads and Google plus
  25. Think about possibly 2 other classes this year
  26. Figure out how to increase presence on reader sites/loops
  27. Work at improving plotting with the intent of speeding up actual writing by an extra 1,000k per day from current speed of 2k per day using Rachel Aaron‘s techniques
  28. Continue to set and review monthly goals, set daily goals based on monthly goals
  29. Explore self-publishing a short story
Okay, so it’s a huge list. And they aren’t SMART goals. Why? Because I like to dream big for the year. I like to look at everything I want to accomplish for the year when I plan what I’m going to do for the month. Now on my daily goals, I set goals using Margie Lawson‘s DSDB techniques. Winner and superstar goals that I can accomplish and check off and feel good about. But for the year, I want it all out there.
Maybe it won’t all get done, (okay, it’s not all getting done) but I believe if you don’t shoot for the top of the mountain you won’t get there. And I’m a top of the mountain kind of gal. Even when it hurts, and it’s gonna hurt.
I set a tremendous amount of goals for 2011, did I hit them all? NO.
But I did hit quite a few, and I feel good about it. If you are the kind of person who will feel bad if you don’t have bright red check marks next to all your goals, then set them SMART, and even SMARTER.
Letter Major Term Minor Terms
S Specific Significant, Stretching, Simple
M Measurable Meaningful, Motivational, Manageable
A Attainable Appropriate, Achievable, Agreed, Assignable, Actionable, Ambitious, Aligned, Aspirational
R Relevant Realistic, Resourced, Resonant
T Timely Time-oriented, Time framed, Timed, Time-based, Timeboxed, Time-bound, Time-Specific, Timetabled, Time limited, Trackable, Tangible
E Evaluate Ethical, Excitable, Enjoyable, Engaging, Ecological
R Reevaluate Rewarded, Reassess, Revisit, Recordable, Rewarding, Reaching
source: wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria

For me, I’m shooting for the top, and setting them SMART along the way. That’s just me.

What kind of a goal setter are you? Do you set goals? What’s your process? Are you a SMART goal setter?

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19 responses to “Goals 2012

  1. Jessica – I am so completely impressed with your DREAM BIG list!!! Good for you. 🙂 I can’t wait to cheer you on as your move forward with them.

  2. The number of mss you plan to write, edit, pub, or query in 2012 would blow me away. But, I know you, Jessica Aspen. You are a prolific writer with a plethora of good ideas to go with your grand plan. I am on the sidelines with my pom-poms. You go, girl!

    Thanks for the ping back!

    • Oh Gloria, they won’t all get done. I know it and you know it and the world knows it, but thank you anyway! I just want them to all get done! Sort of like dreaming of the 100 room mansion. It ain’t happening sister, but I can dream can’t I?

      And I’m thinking of our pyramid of cheerleaders! WOOT! Where’s the picture?

  3. Brinda Berry

    You plan to take over the writing world!!! Great list. If you make a list like this and accomplish most, you are doing 10x what most do in a year. I will definitely be the third cheerleader.

    • Thanks Brinda. 🙂
      I’m putting them out there. What will likely happen is things will change and my goals will have to change accordingly. But I’m putting it out there anyway. What all you cheerleaders didn’t say was how you would hold me accountable. I guess that’s what makes you all cheerleaders!

  4. Puff…puff…puff. Oh, I can’t imagine keeping up but with my remaining breath I’m cheering you on, Jessica. And I think you’re right. Put them out there and most will get done. It’s a universe attraction kind of thing. See, I read The Secret!

  5. WOOT! That’s a lot of goals!

    Might I suggest you keep an eye out for an Online Outlining class coming soon from my blogging bud extraordinaire, Carole St-Laurent, to meet Goals 7, 9, 10, 16, 25 and 27.

    • OOH! Another class to add to my list. Will Carole help me transition from pantser to plotter? I have the thirty days book, but all I get stuck on day one. So sad! I am definitely plotting more this year for sure!

  6. Wow!! You are ready to truly tackle 2012!! Let me know how I can help.

    Love, Light, Laughter

    • Thanks Keri,
      I think it looks worse than it is. And I’m flexible, if one project takes more time then I’ll switch it up. But I really want to do it all! It’s like visiting the Magic Kingdom with only a few hours, you still want to get to every ride possible!

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  9. I want to dream big like you! I kept my goals small this year because last year was an epic failure, but I do like that you put them all out there knowing you’ll get to a lot of them, but maybe not all of them. Makes me stop and think and wonder if I should dream big, too! I think I will!

    Thanks for the inspiration! I just started reading your blog and love it already!


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