I know this is when most people are talking about their resolutions for the new year. However, resolutions have never worked for me. I get overwhelmed with the thought of trying to make all those changes at one time, and I never make it past week four.
For me, starting slow with some easy things, making those habits, and then adding to them works far better. So I found where I wanted to be at the end of 2020, and then I broke down the steps I would need to take in order to get there into workable goals.
It takes me a fairly long time to establish something as part of my routine, so I have made these quarterly goals. I will come back at the end of each quarter, tell you how I did and list my new goals.
Last week, I posted about yearly goals. This week, I start breaking those yearly goals down into quarterly ones to get there by the end of the year.
I realize I'm already a touch off one of my yearly goals by posting this a day late, but seeing as how our internet was down all day yesterday, I don't think that really counts. I have wanted to get things written and posted ahead of time, but I'm still working on getting that good and started. Yesterday is an illustration of why I want to work a couple weeks ahead.
Enough of that, on with the goals.
It's the last week in 2017, so it's time to look back and see how I did for this year's goals.
Now, the whole thing with the school started in the middle of March. It started taking up a significant portion of time then and then just completely took over in July all the way through the end of October. Because of that, I more or less just dumped this list in favor of other goals, so while I didn't succeed in most of these, I'm still not going to count the year as a failure.
That said, let's get into it.
Since I never got around to posting third or fourth quarter goals, and we're now most of the way through November, I thought I would set a few for these last few weeks of 2017 and just post them now. Then come the beginning of 2018, I'll start over with the usual quarterly goals.
So here we go.
1. Walk at least two miles every day.
Thanks to the newest member of the England household, this one should be a breeze.
It's the start of a new quarter, so it's time to see how I did meeting the goals for last quarter and state those for the spring.
The first quarter of 2017 was something of a mixed bag, as usual. Some goals were easily met. Others were failed. So let's get into it.
Hello again everyone. A new year has begun, and you know what that means. There's a new year and a new quarter, so it's time to see how I did in 2016's last quarter and set new goals for the coming year and quarter.
Once again, my results are kind of a mixed bag. I did really well reaching some goals, and some I didn't. That's just life though, I suppose. So let's take a look.
I'm a bit behind with this post, but better late than never, right?
My third quarter wasn't anywhere near as productive as I hoped it would be. I'm more than a little disappointed in myself, but dwelling on that isn't going to get stuff done. So let's get into the results of last quarter and this one's goals.
1. Finish TIP rough and begin edits. - Failed
One look at the ticker to the right should let you know, I failed at this one spectacularly. No excuses.
2. Book a show for next year. - Done
Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo as well as Con Kasterborous are book for next year again. I had hoped to add Con GT, but I'd already booked HSV Comic & Pop Culture Expo, which are on the same weekend in 2017.
It's the beginning of the third quarter. I'm astonished at how fast this year is going, but I guess it's time to see how I did in accomplishing my goals for the second quarter. Then I'll list the goals for the third quarter this year.
All in all, I did okay. I'm a bit disappointed in myself regarding the two goals I missed, but six out of eight isn't bad, right?
I've been searching for a way to increase focus and productivity over the last few years. I've tried making daily, weekly, and even monthly goals, but I get overwhelmed that way. I tried making yearly goals, but I forget about them.
Then last week I discovered a YouTube channel run by another writer, Jenna Moreci. She posts writing advice and other writing related videos filled with relatable truth and humor. If you're interested in writing and don't faint at the least amount of course language, you should go check her out.
Anyway, she posts quarterly goal review videos where she sees how well she met her quarterly goals and sets new ones. This sounded like a great idea, so I'm trying it out to see if it can help me stay more on top of things with my writing and running Contented Comfort.
A. B. England is a small business owner, mom of two, novelist, all around geek, and avid crafter. She loves mythology, fantasy, and all flavors of science fiction.
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