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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
- Polish and submit TQH , (January) continue to submit as needed
- Polish and submit BW
- Outline and write DW second novel in BW series-possible #BIAY
- Add BIAY page to my website and update monthly
- Polish and submit DW
- Re-vamp novella-Rogue Enforcer, and publish
- Outline and write GB (new novella) (February)
- Polish and submit GB
- Start thinking about 3rd book in Enforcer series
- Outline and write sequal to TQH book (If TQH is accepted, this becomes a priority)
- Attend Rom con 2012 (already purchased ticket)
- Go to RWA Nationals in July
- Market all books (Little Red Riding Wolf focus for Jan and Feb)
- Keep up with personal site and improve it, blog 3 days a week
- Finish business plan
- Outline a YA and write for NANO (if not working at MP)
- Keep up with PNRF and improve site, blog once per month
- Take Bob Mayer class and keep up with it (Jan and Feb)
- Work at applying analytics and website knowledge to sites
- Write five days per week, 3 hours per day (actually I want to have butt in chair for 6 hours per day)
- Goal is 2k/day, expanding to 3k/day
- Or edit 15-20 pages per day
- Market 1-2 hours per day
- Increase presence on Goodreads and Google plus
- Think about possibly 2 other classes this year
- Figure out how to increase presence on reader sites/loops
- 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
- Continue to set and review monthly goals, set daily goals based on monthly goals
- 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.
||Significant, Stretching, Simple
||Meaningful, Motivational, Manageable
||Appropriate, Achievable, Agreed, Assignable, Actionable, Ambitious, Aligned, Aspirational
||Realistic, Resourced, Resonant
||Time-oriented, Time framed, Timed, Time-based, Timeboxed, Time-bound, Time-Specific, Timetabled, Time limited, Trackable, Tangible
||Ethical, Excitable, Enjoyable, Engaging, Ecological
||Rewarded, Reassess, Revisit, Recordable, Rewarding, Reaching
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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