Setting and Reassessing Goals

I’ve noticed several bloggers discussing goals lately and I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

So here I go…

goalGoals I set at the beginning of the year.
  • In writing, I planned to my finish rough draft for WIP I by June. Done. I actually finished a month early.
  • In drawing, I wanted to illustrate an unusual flower to represent each month. On track.
  • In blogging, my only goal was to blog regularly. So far, so good. It sounds like a simple goal, but I assure you it is not.

Revised goals to take me to the end of the year.

  • I plan to finish the rewrite of WIP I, get it all ready for a beta reader, and …actually give it to a beta reader. For my non-novel-writing-blogging-buddies that means I summon up my courage to have someone other than me read it and give me feedback, both good and bad.
  • I plan to write a detailed outline for WIP II.
  • I plan to redesign my blog to better reflect my writing genre. This one will be a bit tricky. My goal to have it up by January 1st.
  • Also for the blog, I’m writing a series of articles on color. I’ll post the first one this Thursday.

How about you? Do you set goals? Have you reassessed them and revised them?

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Updated: November 23, 2016 — 11:51 am


  1. I need to do a serious reassessment of goals. That's what I realized during my unplugging. I feel so much better about things after my break! And now I need to put those things into action! 🙂 Can't wait for the new color series!

  2. I am rubbish at planning and goals… I ten to live no further in the future than a few seconds – I really must try harder!

  3. I was just rereading, the other day, a motivational letter I wrote to myself in January outlining my writing goals for 2010. I'm kicking a$$ in some areas, and in others I'm getting my a$$ kicked, by life, by my own procrastination… I'm going to take your lead and do some reassessing of my own this week!

  4. I do set goals, and this year I give myself a grade of B. There's definitely room for improvement.

  5. I do set goals, and follow-up with weekly itineraries to keep me on track. I do re-assess from time to time, and modify the goals if necessary. But I find goals are a great way to keep moving forward.

  6. Damn. …now, I need to get a “goal”.

    Or, maybe I could just be a “goalie”?


  7. I set myself goals, but more often than not they get outweighed by work. I work from home, so it takes priority and, well, things get out of hand sometimes. I think I do better if I don't set any writing goals. I just do it when I want to, and can. Otherwise I get stressed, and it's not worth feeling stressed!

  8. Good for you – you're doing great! 🙂

  9. It sounds like you've got some great goals – those ought to keep you on track!

    I tend to set smaller goals, maybe for the coming week or month, but not generally for a year ahead.

  10. Yes, I definitely set goals too! Some are weekly and some are monthly! Yours sound great!

  11. Way to go, meeting your goals! I need to reassess mine for the year.

  12. Jackee said…
    Great goals! I'm a big goal person, but sometimes I overwhelm myself with ones either unattainable or a list too numerous. Perhaps it's time to take a new approach and follow your example!

  13. Amy Saia said…
    That is impressive! I kind of love lists A LOT. Without a good list it feels as if nothing is ever going to get done and it's all up to fate and life and the slowly seeping sands of time. Long live lists!

  14. Stacy Post said…
    It sounds like you're in a great work flow! Yes, I set goals and check in from time to time to see how it's going. Sometimes there are interruptions that can't be helped. But I hope to be back in a good flow soon.

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