It’s that wonderful time of year again where I review goals and put together a business plan for the next year. I’ve been a bit of a slacker in staying on track with my 2019 goals. It has been an interesting year.
Here were my overall goals for the year.
- My calendar will be time blocked better this year, making me more effective and efficient
- I will submit at least one finished project to an agent
- I will actually take a vacation this year where I don’t do work–well, real estate work anyway
How did I do?
On the time blocking front, I did well until April. Then life got busy with work and family and it went by the wayside. Honestly, I’ve never been a time blocking fan, so I am not surprised. I also made it a bit complicated by having two calendars. I’m going to look at using a theme for each day like Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square.
I submitted one finished project to an agent at the WriteAngles Conference, but that wasn’t the intention of the goal when I wrote it. I’ll give myself half credit for that.
Totally bombed on the non-working vacation part, but I did work less than usual. Half credit again.
These were my writing goals listed in January. How did I perform on this front?
GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to an agent
I researched agents and pitched it during a couple of online events, but didn’t submit it the way I intended. I plan to see if one of my current publishers will accept it. Not a cop out as much as realizing securing an agent is most likely a longer term goal considering what I want to accomplish with real estate in 2020.
GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM
Not only did I win STORYSTORM in 2019, I finished early. Tara Lazar does a phenomenal job of running this every year. I’m thinking 2020 will be a skip year for me. I have plenty of ideas to work from over the last few years worth of wins, so creating those stories is my focus.
GOAL 3: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids
Never happened and I feel so bad. I’m just really not a short story kind of person (says the person who writes picture books for children). This will remain a goal into the new year.
GOAL 4: Write 10 chapters of Amelia’s Mission
This year saw three additional chapters written for Amelia’s Mission. I completed an editing project that took up a good deal of writing time, but it was worth every minute. I can’t wait to see Dust of Lies released at the beginning of 2020.
GOAL 5: Maintain my blogs
This is always where I excel, because I love blogging. Even though there were weeks when things didn’t go as planned, overall, I stuck with it and posted to my blogs and contributed to the two blogs where I am a member. I’ve decided to talk more about books at An Imperfect Christian Mom so I can reduce the number of blogs I am maintaining. Other than that, I think I’ll be able to stay the course into 2020.
What goals did you set this year? What are some of your accomplishments?