Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you had some good time off.
Did you spend any time planning for 2018?
It’s basically how I spent my whole Christmas break. Planning for 2018 for each of my businesses.
I love planning.
There’s something very satisfying and exciting about thinking what shiny new things you can get done in the next 12 months.
One of the first steps to planning efficiently is setting yourself goals.
If you’ve ever done anything business related, you’ll know that setting goals like, ‘I want to publish a book’, is good but not good enough.
That’s not necessarily a goal. That’s a dream.
And you’ve got to have dreams. Otherwise how will you have a dream come true?
But in order to turn that dream into a goal, you need to add a few bits.
Like more detail and a realistic deadline.
For example, the dream, ‘I want to publish a book,’ becomes, ‘I will self-publish a novel in October 2018.’
See what I did there?
I changed ‘want’ to ‘will’, because ‘want’ means you’re more likely to keep pushing the dream further and further away. Using ‘will’ helps you to get motivated to start working on it now.
Plus I added a deadline.
Now that you have your goal with a deadline, you can plan around it to make sure you accomplish it.
So, continuing with this example, you can work backwards from September to work when you’ll be proofreading, editing and writing.
By keeping the deadline realistic, you can get started in a relaxed manner. No rushing while the deadlines fly by.
Or at least, that’s the theory.
You can now get a Writing Plan printable to help you plan your writing, editing and submitting/publishing times throughout 2018 and 2019.
Get yours at the Write into the Woods Etsy shop in a choice of six colours to suit you and your stories.
It’s a theory I’m working hard on this year, after a couple of years of rushing around like a mad woman.
My goals this year differ with my businesses. But my biggest goal is for my Virtual Marketing Assistant business, Adminosaurus.
I will be client free by January 2019.
Yup, it’s a biggun’. And it’s going to take all three of my little businesses to make it happen.
I also have a list of writing goals for this year, including two major short stories by the summer and my next new novel by the latter end of 2018.
I best get to work.
What are your writing goals this year?
I’d love to know. Leave a comment below.
This post was this week’s Monday email.