Re-Examining and Updating My 2018 Goals

The other day, a friend asked me how I am doing with my goals for 2018. (What a mean thing to do!)

Of course, I had been successfully avoiding the question on my own. If I had been keeping up with everything, everyone would know about it. I would blog about how proud I am about myself. I would tweet my myriad successes. I would Facebook images of myself smiling about the two novels and 50 short stories that were awaiting re-editing before sending to beta readers.

Regarding short stories. I have finished two out of my personal “10 Story Challenge.” I start one and I keep twiddling with it until it is completely useless. I just need to finish the next eight. I need to just post them here, not trying to make them the most brilliant nibbles of fiction on the planet.

The same holds true with my novels, both the science-fiction and the Texas (with a Lutheran twist) stories. I spend so much time editing the first sentence, that it drains all the energy and fun from writing. It’s a terrible thing I do to myself!

It is also what I do to myself when I am blogging.

I need to quit attacking myself and leave that to “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”! ūüėČ

2018 Goal Setting

This is a screenshot of my writing goals for the year. The background shows open books all piled together. The first box shows RESOLUTIONS.

Goal setting terrifies me. It feels like I’m getting locked into something that I don’t necessarily want to do, all because I think I’m supposed to do it. Sometimes, it feels like setting a goal guarantees that that is the last thing I will ever do.

So‚Ķ I’m trying a different route. I’m doing the scary thing first. I am ANYTHING but finished, here is my progress so far.

This is a screenshot of my writing goals for the year. The background shows open books all piled together. The first box shows RESOLUTIONS.
Beginning My Goal Setting

I am keeping my goals on Trello.com. That way they will be accessible to me in more places and with more devices. It’s not like paper and pencil is an option!

I think I have three lists.
1. My TO-DO list. This is where most of the work will be done. This is where building my habits will be  https://habitica.com/  is too annoying for words!
2. My “main” goal setting for various areas of my life.
3. Writing (and reading)

I don’t know why goal-setting is usually problematic for me. I get these BIG OLD DAYDREAMS, castles in the sky, etc. I just don’t always know how to build a good foundation. Others have said something similar to what is in this blog post http://stunningmotivation.com/how-to-make-your-goals-work-3-ultimate-keys-to-making-it-all-work/ I think I just wasn’t really listening. (ESPECIALLY to the part about setting small and consisted steps‚Ķ)

My daily “To-Dos” are already in Trello so I’m looking for other goalsetting tools there.¬†¬†https://trello.com/b/kDbe13wI¬† looks interesting‚Ķ

https://trello.com/b/o8HpHfSy  is a totally different approach.

Those have some really useful approaches, and I probably will use them in setting up my resolutions and goals for the year. Still, I think that this may be the winner!
https://trello.com/b/uGcMEnGt

There is a whole different train of thought, though. Now that my goals list is three pages long‚Ķ I find out that I shouldn’t be telling you all about them‚Ķ¬†¬†https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself¬† This really resonates with me. It seems like‚Ķ If I set a goal, that is the one thing I am guaranteed to NOT do.

Today, I found this. It is far more comprehensive than some of the others, and includes “looking back.”¬†¬†https://liveyourlegend.net/our-free-2018-planner-and-goal-setting-workbook-is-here/

And Now I Need to Remember What I Read…  https://medium.com/@skooloflife/how-to-remember-and-take-action-on-what-you-read-c43b309edfbc

Yup,¬†I’m starting to think about next year: goal settings and what might work for me. How about you? Let me know at lmstapp.com