Did You Met Your Goals?

Yesterday I met with the Second Tuesday group, and I asked one of the members what I should blog about today. (I’m always asking her, and she always comes up with great ideas.) Since the group had just talked about goals for 2013, she suggested that topic, but as I was driving home from the get-together, I thought about the topic in a different way.

Every January the majority of us make resolutions. Mine is always to lose weight. (And no, I haven’t met that one.) I also set writing related goals. I should write these goals down so I could pull them out and see how I did. (And maybe I did write them down, but if I did, I’ve forgotten where I put them.) I do remembering I wanted to finish the third book in my “Crows” series. (The P.J. Benson Mysteries.) Well, I haven’t accomplished that, but I am about a third of the way into the story. I know I also wanted to get my second book in that series out as an e-book. I think I’ll make that goal. I should have AS THE CROW FLIES available by the end of this week. (Yea!)

I know I also wanted to learn how to use Photoshop to make covers. I’ll admit I’m still in the learning stage, but I have come up with two covers, and I’m working on modifying a third cover. And because I have learned a little about making covers, I’ve also managed to get another of my previously published romances (Dark Temptation published by Loveswept in 1995) up as a Kindle’s Select offering. I renamed that book Haunted, and I’m curious to see if the Kindle Select program helps with sales.

So what about you? Did you write down your goals? Have you met them?

The main thing to remember is a goal is something you want to achieve. If you don’t make it, the world won’t end. If you didn’t achieve your goal, perhaps you were reaching too high, at least initially. Maybe you need to break that goal down into smaller steps. (For me, I think I need to set my 2013 goals at losing two pounds a month and writing one chapter a week. Oh, and I did meet my goal of getting the condo cleaned up before my husband returned.)

If you didn’t meet your 2012 goals, try something different in 2013. Find out what works for you.

Most of all, it’s important to make your goals realistic. Take a moment to consider your life: Do you have children? A husband who demands a portion of your time? Have you slowed down because of your age, illness, or an injury, or do the needs of aging parents take up more of your time? Do you have a job that demands a lot of your time and energy? If life were perfect, we writers wouldn’t need to work outside of the home, and we’d all have a “wife” (okay a slave) who made sure we weren’t interrupted, had meals prepared and served whenever we were hungry, and took care of all the household needs that tend to distract us from our writing.

But life isn’t perfect, so don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t meet your goals. Simply set some new goals for 2013 (and this time lets write them down) and we’ll see where we are the end of the year.

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11 Responses to Did You Met Your Goals?

  1. Marian, I wanted to finish my 2011 Nano novel, and I’m a couple of weeks away from passing the second draft by my critique group. I wanted to finish writing another novel, and I’m almost ready to submit it (I’m working on the synopsis).
    In my personal goals, I wanted to exercise more (did better than the previous year, but need to be more consistent) and lose weight. According to my doctor, I’ve lost ten pounds over the past year.

    • Maris says:

      Margaret, I’d love it if my doctor said I’d lost ten pounds. Congratulations. And Congratulations on having one novel almost ready to submit and another getting close to that point. Sounds as if you have your priorities in place.

  2. Diane Burton says:

    I met more business goals than personal. Usually I overestimate what I can do. With my writing, I really underestimated what I could do. I just need to find more balance and get meet some personal goals (like dealing with the boxes of photos). Tomorrow’s another day. 🙂

    • Maris says:

      I’ve been impressed with all you’ve done this past year, Diane. Wow. Hey, those boxes of photos will wait. Here’s wishing you continued success with your recently published books.

  3. Like Diane, I met most of my writing goals, but my personal goals (health, craft projects) were abandoned early on. I think it’s because I waste so much time. I guess that will be a goal for 2013 – focus on time management!

    • Maris says:

      Yes, Patricia, I’ve noticed this year that you’ve been very busy getting your stories published. And with a great deal of success. When focused on one area, it is easy to slack off on other areas. I, too, need some time management skills.

  4. Annette says:

    Glad you are getting some of your goals accomplished, Maris. Right now, I’m locked into a frenzy to get a manuscript ready in an unrealistic timeline. We’ll see how that turns out.
    All the best, Annette

  5. Lucy Kubash says:

    Didn’t make the goals I’d hoped to this year but did make progress, so that’s something. I already have some goals in mind for next year, and yes, I think writing them down would be a good thing. I have one goal I hope to still make this month. We’ll see what happens.
    P.S. I would love to have a wife!

  6. Paula says:

    I keep my goals 1)written down 2)specific 3)realistic. These three things help me to keep them to the best of my ability (and remember them). Thanks for the good advice, Maris.

    • Maris says:

      Good for you, Paula. I like that you state that your goals are not only realistic (I could say my goal was to earn a million dollars this year, but that wouldn’t be very realistic), but also specific. That is important.