Goal Setting for a New Year

Goals

Setting Goals

I set my goals for the coming year well before the bell tolls in the New Year. Yet so many leave it until that last minute to think about it.

For me goal setting is an ongoing process and not static from year to year. Each goal leads towards the larger or longer term one, which all boils down to:

Where I want to be and what I need to do to get there.

Once you have the where determined, it is time to think about the what.

I have my goals for the following year drafted by August/September and finalised (written down) by November/December. That way I’m continuing on, rather than starting whole new goals.

 

Reviewing Progress

At the end of each year I review how well I went at achieving my previous year’s goals.

It is worth reviewing:

  • The goals set
  • What was achieved
  • What processes worked well
  • What didn’t work well

For each of the above points, the question why needs to be asked. Where they the best goals for me? Why did I achieve some things but not others? Why did certain processes work and what can I do to replicate them?

This reflective process helps keep focus as well as determining what will work best over the coming year. I also review the year’s goals midway through the year to ensure they are still relevant, achievable and on track.

I will look more closely at goal setting over the next few months but for now I will share with you my writing goals for 2014.

I will write at least a sentence every day…

I will complete my fantasy novel to a polished standard

I will complete a first draft of next novel – Sisters Book 1

I will develop my website and post at least once a week

I will write and publish an ebook via website

I will read more – at least 15 minutes a day of fiction

Some of these goals are continuations of what I started last year, or even before. Some are new and some are definitely pushing my writing limits. Yet I believe they are achievable and all lead toward my ultimate goal – to write full time.

 

What is your ultimate writing goal?

What are you doing this year to work toward it?

(I would love to hear your responses, please hit reply and share.)

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Welcome to The Flow of Ink

The Flow of Ink

The Flow of Ink comes from the image of ink flowing across the page. It is for that flow of words that I write. I find it truly magical that any story can appear through my fingers onto the page with little understanding of where the words themselves have come from. As though the characters write themselves, telling me their story and I am simply the scribe.

Starting a website of my own is something I have wanted to do for some time, but it was only recently that I plucked up the courage to dive in. The idea behind the site is to improve my own writing practice and in the longer term reach a broader audience.

This blog will cover my writing journey, including what I am writing, how I write, my practice and reflections. Part of my practice involves time and energy management, goal setting and action planning to ensure I write as much as I can. I, like many others, write around a day job and family. So making the most of the small amount of time I have is very important.
In the past I struggled to use time efficiently, as well as dealing with procrastination and writers block. I have developed tools now to work around these areas and I would like to share them with you in the hope of helping other emerging writers get the most writing out of the time available.

I am excited that you can be a part of this journey. Please use the comments section on any post and if you would like more information or have a specific query you can also contact me via the details on the contact page.

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