I’ll let you in on a little secret. I like fresh starting points. It’s a type-A trait for me. Whenever I look to start or change something, I tend to wait for a fresh starting point. New day, new week, new month—new year. Little changes start on a new day or week. Big changes are reserved for the rarer starting points, especially a new year.
So, although many people are against New Year’s Resolutions, or cringe at the thought, I embrace the opportunity with optimism restrained by a touch of realism. I don’t go all out with craziness, like, “I will be published in 2012.” Instead, I go for something like, “I will complete an novel and begin querying.”
I also use the SMART goal approach. For those who aren’t familiar:
Specific—I want to lose weight vs. I want to lose 10 lbs.
Measurable—The goals should have a way to measure progress/success.
Attainable—Don’t set yourself up for failure.
Realistic—You should be both willing and able to accomplish your goal.
Timely—There should be concrete time frame to accomplish your goal.
So, without further ado, here are my writing goals for 2012!
- I will write 500 words/day, except for Sundays and holidays.
- I will finish Dividing Spirits by March 31st, using my 500 words/day.
- I will be ready to begin Cortesia’s story by mid-April,
- I will set aside two hours in the afternoon to devote to my freelance writing/editing.
- I will attend the ACFW conference in September.
Do you set New Year’s Resolutions? Do you have any secrets to achieving success?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!