Blasting off for 2013

Blasting offWe’re taking a break from the usual My Town and Misfit Mondays today for the start of a new ROW80 – and a new set of goals!

I got a late start on this as usual. A lot of people posted new year’s goals last week, but I needed to really think about what I wanted to do–and more important, could accomplish–this year. For ROW80, we’re just dealing with 80 days, or 11-1/2 weeks.

But it’s best to start with something a little longer term. Many business experts advise having a five-year-plan. I’d like to say I have one of those, but I don’t. I do have an overall idea of where I want to be, both in my writing and life in general, but that’s it.

Back to those one-year goals. One thing I learned is, they need to be written down in a place you’ll remember–and will remember to consult at least quarterly. This is the part I missed last year. I vaguely remember making them, but I can’t find anything in the areas of my computer where I’d expect this to be. I did find 2009, 2010, and 2011 goals documents. (They were kind of funny, still focused on agents, editors, and selling to NY–boy, have things changed!) I never did find one for 2012, so maybe I was thinking of the list I wrote for 2011.

This year, I put the 2013 Goals list at the front of my Weekly Status Report document. This is where I document what I did each week, what my plans are for the next week, any issues, etc. (Here’s an example of what’s in my Weekly Status Report if anyone wants to see/use it.) I add a page each week, and start a new document each year. Each week when I update it, it of course opens to page 1. So BIG DUH – that’s where I should put my yearly goals!

So here’s the list:

  • Edit and publish Hangar 18: Legacy
  • Write/Publish new futuristic romance
  • Write two short nonfiction works
  • Write/publish one short story
  • Publish next OVRWA anthology through my publishing company, Mythical Press (may or may not contain the story noted above)
  • Revise contemporary YA written for NaNoWriMo 2012
  • Begin planning phase of Saturn Society Book 3 or continue work on urban fantasy started for NaNoWriMo 2009
  • I also have some professional goals relating to my day job, which are not detailed out above

Um… yeah, seeing it spelled out like that, it looks a bit ambitious. But that’s the beauty of setting goals and working on them through a group like ROW80–if we see they just aren’t going to happen, we can change them.

ROW80Logo175And with ROW80 comes the practical part: breaking them down into doable pieces. Here’s what I hope to accomplish this round (which ends March 28):

  • Finish editing and publish Hangar 18: Legacy (I want this released by the end of this month)
  • First draft of nonfiction piece–I’m doing a presentation based on it for my RWA chapter meeting on March 16, so it needs to be done by then.
  • Outline futuristic romance
  • 30,000 words on futuristic romance

Let’s break those goals down even more. Doing weekly goals helps me TONS. This is also where I add other, ongoing stuff, like fitness goals. So for this week, my plans are:

  • Finish edits for Hangar 18: Legacy
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in Get it Together, an estate planning guide. I wanted to do this last ROW, but wound up putting it off when I decided to do NaNoWriMo. This is stuff that isn’t very fun to do (or even think about), but that really needs to be done.
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum – yes, I’m a sponsor! It’s my first time for that, and I’m really looking forward to it. šŸ™‚

Whether or not you’re doing ROW80, what are your plans for this year? If you are doing ROW80, is this your first time, or are you an old hand? I’d love to hear from you – please share!

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  1. Hi – nice to meet all our comrades again – like your goals – I’ve ducked out of weekly goals after last year and just working within my yearly ones – I’m a sponser to this round for the first time:) all the best with this week:)

  2. 5 year plan. Um, no. But I know it’s important to name and lock in details for goals. Last year I started what needed to be done for publishing, ie hiring an editor, etc but didn’t give myself a deadline. I love to make lists, but wasn’t holding myself accountable. This year I actually got the first six months of this year locked into deadlines. I’m getting a whole lot more done with those dates hovering over my head. šŸ™‚

  3. Happy new year, Jen! I really love seeing how you’ve taken your giant goals and broken them down into smaller segments–definitely helpful as I consider how I am going to reach my ultimate goals for the year (1 complete novel and the first draft of my dissertation). I’m definitely looking forward to reading Hangar 18 once it’s done!

  4. Alberta, it’s all about breaking the goals down however works best for us – sounds like you’ve found what works for you! Looking forward to sponsoring with you. šŸ™‚

    Coleen, yup, you left out the “time-sensitive” aspect of SMART goals – glad to see you’ve figured it out! Even when I don’t meet the dates, having them is a must.

    Lena, thanks, and good luck with your goals, too!

    Carrie-Anne – thanks! I think this is my 5th time as a ROW80 participant. Guess that means I like it! šŸ˜€

  5. 5 year plan :snicker: But then again, maybe that’s part of my problem šŸ™‚ I was just thinking I needed to come up with some kind of tracker/status document. I’ll have to check yours out, thanks.

    It looks like you have a great plan. Wishing you all the best in meeting your goals!

  6. Every time I try to plan things out I run into road blocks and detours (i.e. husband and kids). I think I need to take a good look at your system as I decided that it’s time I got serious. I can’t let them slow my progress any longer. I need to be better about staying on track if I’m going to be serious about getting all the backed up stories out of my head and onto paper some day. You are one smart and organized woman.

  7. Thanks, Raelyn! Hope you find the Weekly Status Report helpful.

    Debra, I’m not as organized as I look, but thanks! It is really hard to keep on track with writing when family’s always around. Good luck claiming some time for you!

  8. Set out as goals for the year they do look ambitious! But breaking them down really makes them less daunting, doesn’t it? Count me as another person who has decided this year I’m buckling down with concrete goals for the year which I broke down into 3 month goals and then weekly goals. Good luck with your goals!

  9. Wow Jennette, look at those goals. Do you sleep? LOL! Yes, it does help to write them down. But for some reason it doesn’t help keep me accountable. Does it work for you? All I can say is that I am so glad it’s a brand new year with a fresh new start. I wish you all the best of success Jennette! šŸ™‚

  10. The funny thing is, I actually do have a five year plan. I did it as part of an Outcome Management workshop I did last year. Althoug, some of my goals have now changed. I think the important thing is to keep updating them because they do change as we grow. And I only have one resolution this year: to work out! šŸ™‚

  11. Wow, I never even thought of having specific long-term goals, especially in a business sense. Thanks, Jeanette, for twisting my brain into new directions.

    I needed that.

  12. I’m not doing ROW80. I’ve thought about my goals, but haven’t put them in writing yet. I should–they’d be more likely to happen! I’m such a procrastinator:(.

  13. Lynette, setting big goals then breaking them down really helps me. Otherwise they’d look so overwhelming I’d never start. šŸ˜€ Good luck with yours!

    Emma, good for you! Very smart to have a concrete plan for where you want to be – and that’s definitely flexible! Good luck with your workout goals – I have them too, just didn’t list it in the big picture because that’s an ongoing goal.

    Lara, I hope it helps!

    Maria, I forget mine if they’re not written down (like my 2012 overall goals – haha). Good luck with yours!

  14. I bet you’ll enjoy being a sponsor! It’s cool to check out the blogs of new ROWers in particular and cheer them on. Thanks for volunteering.

    My year’s goals are also ambitious. I listed them off to my husband recently and then commented, “Wow, that’s a lot.” But nothing ventured, nothing gained! So here we go! Best wishes for a fabulous round and a fabulous 2013.

  15. Your spunk comes through your blog posts, and inspire me! I hope you reach all your goals. (I keep mine in a folder, clearly marked, GOALS, in the front of the file cabinet I use most often. And I make sure I sketch in a strategy for how I’m going to achieve those goals. Now, let’s just hope I manage to accomplish them.) Thanks for this lively post.

  16. Pat, thanks so much!

    Lynette, it sounds like you have your goals in a good place, where you see them often. Thanks for coming by!