So, a quarter of 2014 is over already. Sounds crazy but it's true. It seems appropriate then to look back at my goals for the year and check in, see how I'm doing, make sure that I'm on track. After all, it's one thing to set goals and another thing entirely to keep them.
Where I've done well:
I have been intentional about writing as often as I can. I'm still not getting it in every day, but I am tracking how much I write and how often, which helps me to be more consistent. I know that if I want to improve I have to keep writing, and this is the best way that I know how. So, where I have done well is in setting up a spreadsheet where I can keep track of word count, projects that I start, and generate a map of days I miss so that I can improve.
Where I've done all right:
I have decided that I am doing OK at writing short stories. I'm well on my way to writing the six that I initially committed to, but I realize that it was sort of a weak goal to begin with. I want to be more consistent at editing what I write into something better.
Where I need to improve:
After looking at how far I have come this year, and where I want to be at the end of the year, I have decided that there are two things that I need to focus on right now to hit my goals.
- Continue to strive for more consistency in writing
- Commit to editing and submitting my short stories for publication
If I can master these two things, then I will be one step closer to where I want to be.
So, that has been my year so far. As I wrote earlier in the year, I have more goals than just my writing and I'm making sure to track and review those as well. We're a quarter of the way through 2014 and time is flying. Make sure that you are keeping track of your goals (personal, professional, or otherwise) so that you don't end up reaching the end of the year in exactly the same place you started it.