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”! 😉
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… I’m trying a different route. I’m doing the scary thing first. I am ANYTHING but finished, here is my progress so far.
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)
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… I find out that I shouldn’t be telling you all about them… https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself This really resonates with me. It seems like… 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