How I Smash My Goals in One Year

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.

Additional Goals

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?

Published by Sam H Arnold

Sam H Arnold is a writer of True Crime, Parenting and Writing Tips articles. If you have enjoyed her work you might consider donating her a coffee on Ko-Fi. Links to this and all her other work can be found on the about me page.

3 thoughts on “How I Smash My Goals in One Year

  1. I must confess I didn’t write my goals down.

    Life happens and I follow the tide.

    This piece left me with several thoughts.

    I can’t leave life to chance.

    Congratulations to smashing your goals.

    It’s quite encouraging.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Write them down, even if it’s on a post it note and put them where you can see them it will help.

      Don’t also be afraid to say hey this isn’t going to work this year and put it aside for another time.

      Thanks for reading.


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