Monday, January 7, 2019

The One With The Goals

Here it is: the post for which you've been waiting. The mother of all goal posts, AKA my 2019 To-Do list.

Usually, this is a two-part post. The first part is where I review the previous year's goals and tell you how well they went, but as I only managed to accomplish one thing on that list last year I didn't really feel the need to devote an entire post to it.

But here's the thing. The one 2018 goal I accomplished was to publish Second Nature, which was my number one writing goal for last year. And as that goal goes, so goes my year. So the fact that I didn't manage to do anything else I had wanted to do doesn't bother me as much as it normally would because I did this:



Which means my 2019 goal list will look awfully similar to last year's list...with one notable exception. I can't wait to find out what the new Number One Goal will be.



The Writing Goals

1. Publish the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance Novel

I'm currently about three months behind where I wanted to be with this WIP at this time, so I may be setting myself up for a big, fat failure here but I'm going to attempt to do this all the same. Go big or go home, right?

Right.

In the plus column, I may have actually hit upon a possible workable ending. I know I've said that before, but I think I may mean it this time. Fingers crossed!

2. Publish Retail Rhapsody

This is the collection of sarcastic haiku I wrote about my day job. It fell by the wayside last year (too many other things going on) and that may well happen again this year, but I'm still going to try.

3. Complete the first draft of Full Circle

Full Circle is the third book in my fantasy series. It's kind of in a state of limbo right now. I feel like the original plan I had for it no longer works, but I don't yet have a new plan in place. Which means, right now, this is a big, fat mess. Anyway, I'd like to finish the first draft this year, but I think I would really be okay if I only managed to figure out what that first draft should be.

The Reading Goals

I would like to read 52 books this year. I was a good ten or eleven books short of this goal last year,  but I'm sticking with the same number this year. One book a week doesn't seem like it should be too difficult.

*gives self suspicious side-eye*


The Fitness Goals

 1. Log 1500 miles

This can be in walking, running, biking, kayaking, whatever. It will most likely just be walking, however, because despite my best intentions I never do any of the others.

2. Get back into the yoga habit

I firmly believe that yoga can help with my chronic back issues. I just need to stop being so damn lazy about it.

3. Attempt to establish a somewhat normal-ish sleep schedule

My sleep schedule/patterns/whatever was/were obliterated in 2018 because...reasons, and I believe it really screwed with my productivity. I know. Imagine that, right? So in 2019, I would like to attempt to correct this issue. Or figure out a way to just manage my time better. Whichever's easier.



And on that note, I'm outta here.

Happy Monday, everyone. Have a great week.

Thanks for stopping by!



28 comments:

  1. Congratulations!
    Work on the other story and eventually the right plot for your third book in the other series will come to you.

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    1. That's what I'm hoping will happen. I always seem to get my best ideas when I'm not actively trying to think of them.

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  2. I have totally lost track of how many times I've said I'm going to get started with yoga and/or meditation. Sigh.

    Good luck with everything, MJ!

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    1. I keep thinking I'd like to try meditation, but it's my subsequent feeling that I would just be a disaster at it that keeps me from actually trying.

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  3. I want to have something snarky to say about goals or sleep or whatever, but I didn't meet any of my non-goals last year... so...
    I guess that's all I have to say about it.

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    1. I'm sure there's something there. Those 2018 goals caused a lot of sleepless nights. They weren't the main reason my schedule was so messed up, but they certainly didn't help. Maybe if I didn't set any goals, I would sleep again. :)

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  4. Hurray for Second Nature! Definitely an awesome goal to have under your belt. Congrats!

    And oooh...so many impressive goals for 2019. Best of luck with all of 'em! I know too well how frustrating it can be to be in that limbo stage for a project, so I hope Full Circle figures itself out for you soon...

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    1. Yes, having that book out in the world is certainly a relief. Of course, now I'm filled with a completely different anxiety, but there's nothing to be done about that. It just goes with the territory.

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  5. Publishing Second Nature was a great goal to achieve in 2018. Best of luck with 2019's goals!

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  6. I try to tell myself that it's okay to fail a goal if I did everything I could to make it succeed. So I'll tell you the same thing in case you believe me (I never do!).

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    1. I try to tell myself that, too, but in the back of my mind, I'm always like, "But did you, though? You did spent an awful lot of time playing *insert stupid game on my phone/iPad here*."

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  7. Congrats on reaching the big goal and good luck with 2019. Sleeping enough is a part of my health I took control of when I started watching my granddaughter and had to get up early every day. It's important to catch the ZZZs.

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    1. I very seldom get enough sleep. Or any sleep, really. So far in 2019, I have utterly failed to do anything different, but I really do need to change that.

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  8. Publishing the book was huge. You've failed at that in past years, so pat yourself on the back for that one. And figuring out what you're going to do with book 3 is totally an acceptable goal. Make that the goal, and if a first draft gets done, you can consider that above and beyond.

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    1. I did fail on that, quite a lot. Which is why I remain suspicious of it now. It can't possibly really be done, right?

      I set up the Book Three goal as the first draft because that felt more measurable to me than just having a plan. I create plans all the time, so it didn't feel like enough of a goal for the year-long list.

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  9. Getting your book published was a huge goal to accomplish so I'd call 2018 a win! Good luck with all of your goals this year!

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  10. Excellent and inspiring goals! Wishing you tons of success and productivity in 2019!

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  11. You can do it! Your description of your romance just makes me want to read it all the more. Here's to a grand 2019 for all of us!

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  12. Good luck with your goals. And I agree, a book a week shouldn't be hard but it is. My only goal for this year is to read more than last. I think I can do that.

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  13. That sounds like a wonderful year! May it bring you joy!

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  14. I am very Yay! about Second Nature. I hope you manage to get all the writing and reading and sleeping in! Woot!

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