An update on my goals and how I managed to complete 80% of them in six months.
Last year, I set myself goals and then forgot about them. This year, I set the goals and kept them where I could see them every day. A constant reminder of what I wish to achieve. Last year I achieve 10% of my goals, this year is going better already.
Complete My Crime Manuscript
I have weeks of working hard on this and then other weeks of not looking at it. The manuscript was at the first editing stage. When I started working through it, I realised that my first draft was awful. It had been written when my writing skills were lacking. I have always known that the idea is a killer one. The manuscript didn’t do it justice. I have now completed seven chapters of editing, which has turned into re-writing. Finally, I have something I am proud of. You can read the prologue for the book here.
Publish a Children’s Story as an eBook
Not only have I published the children’s book, but I have also published it into paperback. The Detective Two was my first adventure into self-publishing. The book has been received well, although the biggest benefit has been what it taught me. Although I plan to traditionally publish my crime novel, if I do decide to self-publish I have learnt some valuable lessons.
Number one tip, hire a professional editor and don’t try to do it all yourself.
Finish my Writing Course
This I finished in the early part of January. Not only did I complete the course, but I then enrolled in the next one.
Continual education is essential to personal growth.
Post Twice a Week on Medium and my Website
I have exceeded this goal on both platforms. I now publish at least once a day (weekdays) on Medium. I have my regular The Everyday Writer publication, as well as other articles I publish on a range of subjects.
On my website, I have gone from publishing twice a week to three times a week. This month I am publishing every day. This is not something I am aiming to keep up, as it is too much pressure.
Publish Daily to Instagram
I have completely failed with this goal. Although I publish regularly to Instagram. I have not managed every day. Despite this, I have come up with a good understanding of the platform. My followers increase, daily.
Increase my Followers Across all Social Media Platforms by 1000
This has been my most successful goal. I have exceeded even my expectations.
That is a massive increase of 2181 followers in six months.
Due to my success in accomplishing my yearly goals, I have decided to add a couple of mid-year goals.
My first is to grow my email list. I plan to offer a new incentive to join this month. I am struggling to find a suitable one. I want to grow this by 50 subscribers. Is there anything that would make you sign up?
My second is to increase myPatreon following by 10 patrons. I have recently revised this and feel I have a good selection of tiers, from $1 to $30.
To accomplish your goals, keep them in your mind and revisit them regularly.
How are you progressing through your goals this year?