Looking Back (for only a moment)…
Step one of planning ahead is to spend just a little time looking back at the past year, see how you did, how the actual production matched up to your goals last January.
Right now it is still a number of days before Christmas, but I want to get this step out of the way and really start working on the new year’s goals and focus. I want to turn my attention forward.
But first I have to look back for just a moment. I know, without even looking hard, that my year sucked by my standards. It started off with me dealing with an eye infection that had me pretty much blind for the first few months and ended up with a shoulder surgery and restricted movement the last few months.
About 650,000 consumable words by the time this year is done. By many writer’s standards, that is a great year. It is half of my normal year.
So going to need to reset and focus. I normally don’t need to do that much each year, but I think this year I had better. So that’s the topic of some coming blogs. How to reset and focus forward.
But first like I did, I suggest you look back, see how you did with your goals. Don’t tell anyone, just write it down for yourself and figure out what you did right if you hit your goals or wrong if you missed them.
And remember, don’t look at how much you missed a goal, but instead look at how much you got done. I managed about 650,000 words. That is called FAILING TO SUCCESS.
My failure point in one year is many writers entire careers. I understand that. But I have been doing this for a very long time and I hold myself to a higher standard.
So for 2024, I will I fix the focus and have even more fun with the writing.
Now ramping up to the next level. I’ll talk about ways to do that here. Stay tuned.