What’s on the iPod: Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen (this is my favorite version)
It was great to have the Springsteen song (link above) show up on my iPod this morning. The UPenn FM station WXPN named it #1 in their list of All-time Greatest Songs. Agreed.
As the holiday speeds up on us, I’m spending today splitting time between a client project and getting packages wrapped and mailed. We have much to do, but packages must come first. Husband is on vacation starting today, though maybe I should remind him — he’s headed to work for a meeting. It doesn’t feel like work when you love your job.
Soon after Christmas our brains shift to the new year. What will our resolutions be? Anyone who knows me knows how much I can’t stand resolutions. They solve nothing. Personally, I think they make us feel worse about ourselves when we don’t achieve that loosely set, afterthought sort of goal.
So I’d like to propose something different.
I’m one to set goals regularly, be it a new year, a new month, a new week, or a new day. Every day is a fresh start, and it’s always the right time to build a plan. Like last year on Goodreads.com – – I set a goal to read 20 books this year. I did. I chose 20 because it was manageable, but it was also enough of a challenge that I’d have to force myself to read some of the 2,500+ books we have (not kidding — I’ve put them on a spreadsheet as we kept buying the same ones).
Let’s apply that to our goals for the new year, shall we?
Every writer sees that fresh new calendar and thinks “This is the year things will be different.” Yet I’d bet that thought is followed by a list of things a mile long. Be honest with yourself — if you write down 24 things you want to accomplish next year, you’re going to have to accomplish two of them every month to keep up (or work on all 24 simultaneously). Every. Single. Month.
If you’re like most writers, your goals aren’t going to be ones that are easily met within a 30-day period. Increase client base by five clients, hit that $5K monthly earnings goal every month, learn SEO, build a website…. whatever is on that list is going to take time and concentration. And planning.
So here’s what you do:
- Write that list.
- Prioritize goals – those you think are essential go at the top.
- Choose four or five. Put the others aside.
- Create your plan around those four or five (including how you’ll track your progress and how you’ll remain accountable)
- Set monthly calendar reminders to check your progress.